Yom Hashoah in Leeds


Sinai Synagogue in Leeds hosted two speakers to commemorate Yom Hashoah. Professor Griselda Pollock of Leeds University spoke on the theme: How do we remember the Holocaust? How do we remember the Holocaust culturally? What are the politics and ethics of remembrance? Dr Dolf Mogendorff gave a talk entitled "In Hiding", the story of the parents of author Peter Hein, who was in hiding in Holland during the Holocaust.

Gwynneth Lewis, Sinai’s director of education, said: "I’m so pleased that Sinai was able to put on special events to teach about aspects of the Shoah. Both talks were very well received, and followed by numerous questions. It’s so important to commemorate the Shoah and to ensure that the knowledge is transmitted down the generations."

Participant Liz Monaghan said: "Professor Pollock delivered an engaging, timely and thought-provoking talk which explored how shared memory emerges following such a trauma."

For Linda Harrison Dr Mogendorff’s talk about Peter Hein's book was told "with such gentleness and respect. The courage of those in hiding, the courage that it must have taken to send your children away to keep them safe, and the courage of those who hid the Jews... and then the courage to live on with the traumatic memory."

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