Coming Soon - Dilemmas, Choices, Responses: Britain and the Holocaust

Members of a group of refugees from German-occupied Czechoslovakia being marched away by police at Croydon airport on 31 March 1939. Source: Wiener Library

Technically speaking, my role as a Regional Ambassador for the Holocaust Educational Trust has come to an end. The post lasted three years from early February 2013, and it is now time to hand over to a younger, fresh cohort to seize the opportunity and bring new ideas to the Ambassador Programme.
Given all the events that have happened over the last three years, however, it feels appropriate to culminate the end of this period on a large scale. That is why the outgoing team of Regional Ambassadors, and the Holocaust Educational Trust, have teamed up with the Wiener Library for the Study of the Holocaust and Genocide to produce our own exhibition.

'Dilemmas, Choices, Responses: Britain and the Holocaust' gives an overview of Britain's relationship with the Jews of Europe before, during and after the Holocaust. It considers British anti-Semitism; the Kindertransport; the debate surrounding the bombing of the railway lines to Auschwitz; the liberation of the camps, amongst other areas. The narrative is also told through the eyes of three Holocaust survivors who came to Britain. Harry Bibring fled to England on the Kindertransport, whilst Kitty Hart-Moxon and Gena Turgel arrived after the war, having both been ghettoised and eventually imprisoned in concentration camps. It is a deeply important and personal topic to all of us that have worked on it, and having the input of Holocaust survivors that we know and work with was at the forefront of the design.

The exhibition will open to the public on Thursday 14th April and close on Wednesday 15th June 2016. Admission is free but donations to the Library are always gratefully received. For details on how to get to the Library, please follow this link.