The Lake District Holocaust Project, a partner of the Auschwitz Study Group is initiating a drive that everyone can get involved with to remember the 1.5 million children killed in the Holocaust.
In July this year Arek Hersh visited the Lakes School at Troutbeck Bridge near Windermere in Cumbria, England. This school was built on the former site of the Calgarth Estate where Arek and 299 other child Holocaust Survivors stayed in 1945.
After his visit, Laura Oram a History teacher at the school, suggested the students should design a Holocaust Memorial. In the discussion the students were asked to decide what small item they could collect to help people understand the enormous tragedy of the Holocaust.
Our Year 10 Student 'B' came up with the idea of collecting buttons. She perceptively noted that buttons are all different and individual, just like the people who were killed in such awful circumstances.
As a result of this discussion, the project "B's Buttons" was born and it was decided to collect 1.5 million buttons to reflect the number of children murdered in the Holocaust.
We are writing to ask if you can contribute any buttons to their project and to share this email with others. They would like to make this a global project and have "representation in the final display from all over the globe".
The Lakes School
You can read about our recent projects with the Lake District Holocaust Project by clicking here.
In the photo you can see 'Children of the Holocaust': Kati Frenkel (right). Kati was sadly murdered in Auschwitz-Birkenau in 1945 at age 5. She lived in Zimboru, Romania.