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 general public for free. The archives are accessible to the public on an advance appointment-only basis. Appointments can be made by contacting: helc@hud.ac.uk. Opening times are Monday to Thursday 10.00-17.00, Friday 10.00-13.00.

Online Accessibility

The Learning Centre holds a digital collection of oral histories and testimonies relating largely, but not completely, to the experiences of survivor and refugee members. In addition the collection is currently being catalogued. Once cataloguing is complete the archive will be added to the online collection of the University of Huddersfield. The website currently features a selection of photographs accompanying survivor stories.

Street Address

Schwann Building Level 2
The University of Huddersfield

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