75th Anniversary of the Anschluss

To commemorate the 75th anniversary of the Anschluss, the annexation of Austria by Nazi Germany on 12th March 1938, the London Jewish Cultural Centre is showing the photographic exhibition ‘Double Exposure: Jewish Refugees from Austria in Britain’. The exhibition is accompanied by a film, which follows the lives of the men and women depicted in the portraits and explores their double exposure to the cultures of Britain and Austria.

Sunday 7 April, 4.30pm. £10 in advance (£12 on the door):


Talk at the Weiner Library

On Monday 25th March, the Weiner Library will hold a talk on the Protestant Churches and the Holocaust.

Dr Christian Staffa, theologian and former director of Action Reconciliation Service for Peace will discuss this issue in conversation with Canon Dr Giles Fraser, theologian and former Canon of St Paul’s Cathedral.

The event is free but booking in advance is recommended – see the Weiner Library website for details


Ludwig Guttman – Father of the Paralympics

The BBC’s The Best of Men will be shown again on Sunday 2nd September on BBC 2 and BBC 1HD at 10pm.

Claudia Zimmermann will be speaking about the legacy of Ludwig Guttman at the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s special German and Austrian Jewish Refugees Seminar on 13th September.


Confessions of a Butterfly

To mark the 70th anniversary year of the deportation of Janusz Korczak from the Warsaw ghetto,and in support of the Gisimba Orphanage in Kigali, Rwanda, the play Confessions of a Butterfly will be on at the Lion and Unicorn Theatre, Kentish Town from 10th to 29th September.

The play has been written by Jonathan Salt, a Fellow of the Imperial War Museum. It is set on August 5th 1942, the day that Janusz Korczak led 200 children of the orphanage through the ghetto streets to the Umschlagplatz from which they would be deported to Treblinka extermination camp. We spend the last hours in his company in the Ghetto orphanage as he contemplates his life and prepares to meet his destiny.

In a previous post, I outlined Korczak’s progressive approach to the education and treatment of children. His work became the basis for the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

Confessions of a Butterfly is previewing in Peterborough at the Key Theatre 16th – 18th of August, and you can get tickets for the preview by phoning the Box Office on 01733 207239.


Ashton to Auschwitz

Caroline Slifkin, a freelance Holocaust Educator, educator for HET and artist has organised a student art exhibition and survivor talk at Ashton Sixth Form College, Tameside on Wednesday 30th May at 6.30pm.

Caroline has worked with many schools and colleges to help students formulate a creative response to the Holocaust and this evening is the culmination of the work she has been doing with Ashton College.

“a community celebration of artwork by students”

The private exhibition view will be followed by a talk and Q&A by Holocaust survivor Jack Aizenberg (beginning at 7pm).

If you are in the area, this is an excellent opportunity to listen to a survivor speak about his experiences, as well as to look at how students are responding to their studies about the Holocaust.

Event flyer


Unique talk at UCL

From Experience, to Memoir, to History: Henny Brenner in Nazi Dresden

Monday 21 May 2012, 6.45 pm
Gustave Tuck Theatre, Wilkins Building, University College London, Gower Street, London WC1

It is my great pleasure to invite you and your students to what will be a very memorable evening that is being jointly staged by the Anne Frank Trust UK and University College London.

The event features a presentation and discussion with Henny Brenner, born in Dresden Germany in 1924. Henny, a Jewish girl, survived Nazi rule in Dresden as a forced labourer, until the firebombing of the city by the Allies enabled her liberation. Henny is the author of This Song Is Over: A Jewish Girl in Dresden, translated by the late Baradar Fischer.

Henny will speak about her experiences as a child in Weimar Germany, a teenager under the Nazis, and the subsequent period under Soviet domination. This Song Is Over has been described as “A rich and significant account…The fleshing out of the details of her family’s normal bourgeois life, including wash-day and monthly theatre visits is exemplary.  Likewise, Brenner’s account of school life is illuminating from a number of perspectives, not the least of which is the initial lesson in racial ‘biology’ from a Nazi teacher, in which she was identified as a ‘typical Aryan girl’.”

This will be a fascinating insight into living under two tyrannies and will be a once in a lifetime experience for sixth form students of European history.

The evening is free of charge but by prior reservation by calling Marsha Selwyn on 020 7284 5858 or email referencing ‘Talk by Henny Brenner’.  I do hope you will be able to join us, with your students.

Lucy Glennon

Head of Education

Anne Frank Trust UK


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