BBC drama ‘The Windermere Children’ shortlisted for a BAFTA
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BBC drama ‘The Windermere Children’ shortlisted for a BAFTA

Sir Ben Helfgott, said the show, which told the story of 300 Jewish refugees brought to the UK after the Shoah, 'beautifully evokes the essence of our experience'

From left to right with actors behind them: Chaim (Harry) Olmer / played by Kacper Swietek, Arek Hersh/Tomas Studzinski, Sir Ben Helfgott/ Pascal Fischer (in front of Ben), Sam Laskier (sadly died August 2020)/ Marek Wroblewski, Ike Alterman/ Kuba Sprenger, Tim McInnerny played the part of Leonard Montefiore, Ian Glen - Jock Lawrence, Thomas Kretschmann - Oscar Friedmann,  Romola Garai - Marie Paneth (The Lake District Holocaust Project.)
From left to right with actors behind them: Chaim (Harry) Olmer / played by Kacper Swietek, Arek Hersh/Tomas Studzinski, Sir Ben Helfgott/ Pascal Fischer (in front of Ben), Sam Laskier (sadly died August 2020)/ Marek Wroblewski, Ike Alterman/ Kuba Sprenger, Tim McInnerny played the part of Leonard Montefiore, Ian Glen - Jock Lawrence, Thomas Kretschmann - Oscar Friedmann, Romola Garai - Marie Paneth (The Lake District Holocaust Project.)

A documentary telling the story of 300 Holocaust survivors came to the Lake District after liberation has been shortlisted for a BAFTA.

The Windermere Children, which was broadcast on Holocaust Memorial Day 2020 on BBC 2, is up for best single drama at the prestigious awards.

The acclaimed 90-minute drama, which told the story of a group of young survivors brought to Britain after the Shoah , was made with assistance of the Lake District Holocaust Project in Cumbria.

Sir Ben Helfgott, survivor and former Olympic champion, who is depicted in the Windermere Children, said: ““A huge congratulations on a wholly Deserved BAFTA nomination to everyone in front of the camera and behind the scenes in making The Windermere Children.”

The film beautifully evokes the essence of our experience in those idyllic first months in England in late Summer 1945. We will be forever grateful for the indispensable support we received from World Jewish Relief , and the unbreakable bonds of friendship we “the Boys “ established forever “

Lake District Holocaust Project director Trevor Avery said: “We are over the moon that BBC2’s Windermere Children has been nominated for such a prestigious award.

LDHP worked behind the scenes with the producers in helping to turn the poignant story about the 300 Jewish children who came to live in Cumbria into a TV drama. “The drama has received a lot of critical acclaim not only in this country but around the world. It has also now been aired in Germany, the United States and many other countries.”

Winners of the award, which has four shortlisted dramas, will be announced on Sunday June 6.

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