Memory Quilts: Triumph over Adversity

7 December 2015 - 7 February 2016

At the end of World War II the British Government offered to bring 1000 orphaned child survivors of the Nazi concentration camps to the UK. Only 732 survivors were found, and – although 80 of them were girls – they became known collectively as ‘The Boys’.

The children were flown from Eastern Europe to the UK and settled in special hostels. In the UK they rebuilt their lives as part of this group, and many eventually settled in the UK, others in North America, Australia and Israel.

To mark the 70th anniversary of their liberation in 2015 their children, grandchildren and the remaining Boys created a series of quilts to keep their memory alive. These Memory Quilts are on display in our Welcome Gallery, alongside the stories of some of the lives they represent.

Venue: Welcome Gallery
Free Admission

Curator Talks

Every Wednesday at 2pm during the exhibition 
No talk on Wednesday 20 January, as the museum is closed
Each square of the quilt tells the story of one of The Boys. Explore some of these stories in depth with an exhibition curator, as they look at the lives and legacies of some of The Boys.


In partnership with the ‘45 Aid Society and the Second Generation

Please note this exhibition has been extended to 7 February 2016 due to popular demand. 

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