Holocaust Memorial Day: Remembering Judith Kerr

Holocaust Memorial Day: Remembering Judith Kerr

Saturday 25 & Sunday 26 January, 2 - 4pm

Judith Kerr was born in Berlin, Germany in 1923. Her father, Alfred Kerr, a famous drama critic, poet and broadcaster, of Jewish origin, was openly critical of Hitler and the Nazis. This meant that the whole family was in danger as the Nazis gained power. In 1933, when Judith was nine years old, the family fled Berlin just in time - her father was due to be arrested the very next day. The family traveled from Germany through Switzerland to France, and finally settled in England, where Judith eventually became a naturalized British Citizen.

Seven Stories has been the home of Judith Kerr's archive since 2008. The archive includes almost all of her published artwork, along with an extraordinary series of childhood drawings, sketches from her art school days just after the Second World War, and other unpublished material. Some of these drawings were done when Judith was still living in Germany, and were carefully kept and preserved by her mother as they travelled across Europe.

To commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day (Monday 27 January), drop into the Bookshop between 2 and 4pm this weekend to see some of the treasures from Judith’s archive including artwork from The Tiger Who Came to Tea and Goodbye Mog and some of Judith’s childhood drawings.

This event is free to attend. Buy a day ticket or annual pass to enjoy the rest of Seven Stories.

Saturday 25 January 10am to 5pm, Sunday 26 January 10am to 4pm
All The Pictures They Might Have Painted: Remembering Judith Kerr

This free drop-in event for 7-12 year olds is a chance to explore Judith Kerr's When Hitler Stole Pink Rabbit and create a drawing or piece of creative writing exploring what you would take with you if you had to suddenly leave home.