Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association (Huddersfield)

Holocaust survivor Arek Hersh playing football in Manchester, 1953 • Holocaust Survivors' Friendship Association

The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre, part of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association, is based in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire and holds Holocaust testimonies and records.

Archive Description

The Holocaust Exhibition and Learning Centre (HELC) promotes Holocaust Education through the lived experiences of Holocaust survivors and refugees. It is part of the Holocaust Survivors’ Friendship Association (HSFA), a charity originating in 1996 to support Holocaust survivors and refugees in Leeds.

The HSFA collects, preserves and exhibits artefacts, records and testimonies of Holocaust survivors and refugees who made their lives in the North of England. In donating their personal possessions, the archive was entrusted with the hope that these precious items – and the stories that they tell – would engage future generations with the history of the Holocaust, diaspora and its impact on today’s world. Furthermore, the archive’s digital collection of oral histories shows the impact of the Shoah on the lives of people then and in the contemporary world.

Access Information

The permanent exhibition is open to the public for free. The archives are accessible to the public by appointment, please contact: helc@hud.ac.uk. Opening times are Monday to Thursday 10.00-17.00.

Online Accessibility

The website currently features a selection of oral histories excerpts and photographs to accompany survivor stories. The archive is being gradually catalogued and the completed catalogue will be available online via Heritage Quay, the University of Huddersfield’s archive service.

Street Address

Schwann Building Level 2
The University of Huddersfield

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