The Holocaust

Campaign to honour spy who saved us

May 16, 2008

The Holocaust Educational Trust has started a campaign to secure a posthumous honour for British diplomat and spy Frank Foley.

Mr Foley was a passport officer in the British consulate in Berlin’s Tiergarten in the 1930s and has been credited with saving the lives of as many as 10,000 Jews by issuing visas to concentration camp inmates and many others that enabled them to flee Germany.

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Eyes on spectacle exhibition for a second time

May 15, 2008

Spectacles featured in a Liverpool exhibition for Holocaust Memorial Day are to be displayed again. Respectacles was an artwork created from 100,000 pairs of glasses donated by the public. Daniel Radcliffe and Tony Blair were among political and showbiz stars who contributed. Sam and Elise Beilin and the Richard Beilin Memorial Fund sponsored the artwork. Sam Beilin said that he was grateful to Liverpool City Council for assistance. The exhibition at World Museum Liverpool runs until August 17.

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Primary school commemorates Yom Hashoah

May 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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 8, 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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Big turnout for Birmingham's Holocaust commemoration

May 8, 2008

Nearly 100 people attended a Holocaust commemoration held at Witton Jewish Cemetery in the presence of Lord Mayor, Councillor Randal Brew. The Representative Council chose the Jews of Greece for the commemoration. Psalms were sung by Birmingham Hebrew Congregation choir.

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Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 8, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.

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Sheffield's Yom Hashoah service

May 8, 2008

Some 70 people from both Sheffield’s Orthodox and Reform congregations attended a Yom Hashoah service at Kingfield Synagogue. There were readings by members of both congregations and memorial candles lit by community members Dorothy Flemming, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Werner Sussenwein, Peter Meyer, Sue Pearson and Adrian Rubenstein.

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