Artist Tells Story Of Children Taken From Auschwitz To Ambleside

By Graham Spicer | 05 December 2006
photo of train tracks stopping in front of the shot and then stretching into the distance on a flat snowy landscape

Auschwitz Terminal - Trevor Avery. © Trevor Avery

A Cumbria-based artist has visited former Nazi death camps in Eastern Europe to provide material for a new contemporary art project.

The venture, From Auschwitz To Ambleside, is inspired by the story of the evacuation of child Holocaust survivors to England’s Lake District at the end of the Second World War.

Artist Trevor Avery visited the notorious Auschwitz Birkenau and Teresienstadt camps in Poland and the present day Czech Republic to compile video and sound recordings that he is putting together with images and sounds from Windermere, Ambleside and Troutbeck in the Lake District.

He also met with surviving evacuees to hear their stories first hand, 60 years on from the dramatic events.

black and white photo of a derelict two story building with a wooden sign in the foreground with a skull and crossbones and the words halt stop on it

Auschwitz 1 by Gill White, who travelled with Trevor to the concentration camp. © Gill White

“Having heard about their journey and meeting with some of the children many years later, I simply had to try to begin to understand what they had been through. Impossible, but I had to try,” explained Trevor.

Trevor was helped by other artists to visit both the official, state managed memorials and museums as well as other sites like the Jewish ghetto near Terezin in the Czech Republic, which was cleared by the Nazis during the war.

The resulting video installation will be shown at a special exhibition on January 26 2007 at Kendal Town Hall to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day.

Visit Trevor’s website for more details of the project.

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