The Holocaust

Primary school commemorates Yom Hashoah

May 9, 2008

Yom Hashoah was commemorated by pupils and staff at Ilford Jewish Primary School with a special assembly. After readings by headteacher Roz Levin and Year Six pupils, a yahrzeit candle was lit and a one-minute silence observed.

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Bergen-Belsen survivor speaks at Yom Hashoah commemoration

May 9, 2008

A Yom Hashoah commemoration at Southgate Progressive Synagogue was hosted Gordon Greenfield, director of the Association of Jewish Refugees, who introduced guest speaker Lilian Levy, a Bergen-Belsen survivor.  The volunteer archivist for the Jewish Refugee committee gave examples of refugees being helped to contact hitherto unknown families.

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Brighton and Hove observe Yom Hashoah with survivors

May 9, 2008

Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue observed Yom Hashoah with a service which included the lighting of six candles representing the six million dead. The service, led by Rabbi Charles Wallach, included survivors of the Holocaust.

Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation and Hove Hebrew Congregation held a joint service, led by Rabbi Vivian Silverman. Rabbi Silverman gave an address in which he quoted from a poem written by Primo Levi. Six candles were lit, three by survivors of the Holocaust.

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Bournemouth's Yom Hashoah commemorations

May 9, 2008

Services were held on Yom Hashoah at Bournemouth Hebrew Congregation and Bournemouth Reform Synagogue. At the Orthodox shul, Rabbi Adrian Jesner conducted the service and among those lighting candles were two survivors. At the Reform synagogue, the service was taken by Rabbi Neil Amswych, Walter Kammerling sang songs in Yiddish and candles were lit by survivors and youth madrichim.

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Colchester's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Elkan Levy, the director of small communities, led a Yom Hashoah service at Colchester and District Jewish Community. The service was attended by local dignitaries, including Terry Allen, the mayor of Frinton and Walton. The Shabbat service was conducted by Michael Segal with leyning by Mr Levy.

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Army gets lesson on Holocaust

May 2, 2008

Over 150 senior cadets from Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force took part in an educational training day about the Holocaust.

The initiative was the first of its type for a county cadet force, according to Colonel Martin Newman, vice-chairman of the Jewish Committee for HM Forces. It featured sessions conducted by locally-based Holocaust survivor Meyer Hirsch and David Arnold, whose mother had fled the Nazis on a Kindertransport.

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Exhibition for Polish hero

May 2, 2008

Newcastle United Hebrew congregation is hosting an exhibition about the life of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who perished in Treblinka. Mr Korczak had been working at a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. Korczak and his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. Instead of protecting himself, he travelled with the 200 children when they were deported to Treblinka, where they were all killed. The exhibition is being staged at Newcastle UHC until May 11.

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Shoah credits

April 25, 2008

The Holocaust Educational Trust, in conjunction with Hull University, is to offer university credits to sixth-formers who complete the four components of its Lessons from Auschwitz project.

Three of the components are an orientation meeting, a one-day Poland visit and a follow-up seminar. The final element is that participants share their experiences with fellow pupils and local communities.

If their work is approved by a university assessor, Hull will award them the equivalent of 10 Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points.

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Emmerdale star's Auschwitz agony

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

A Jewish actress’s discovery of her family’s Holocaust experiences and journey to Auschwitz will be broadcast this Sunday on BBC1.

Georgia Slowe, who plays Perdy Hyde-Sinclair in Emmerdale, visited the camp with 150 sixth-formers as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s
Lessons from Auschwitz programme.

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Young members visit Poland

By Jay Grenby, April 18, 2008

Kingston Synagogue minister Rabbi David Mason led a 20-strong group of younger members and their families on a two-day trip to Poland.

The itinerary included a tour of the Auschwitz/Birkenau death camp site, where the rabbi conducted a memorial service for victims of the Holocaust.

Rabbi Mason — whose wife is Polish-born — said the positive feedback from participants “made me realise the importance of such visits in contributing to the deepening of Jewish identity and the ability to tell the Jewish story”.

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