REV HARDMAN’S PLACE
Our community in North-West London lost one of its most memorable and respected leaders: Reverend Leslie Hardman, who died aged 95 ( JC, October 10). Reverend Hardman was known, respected and loved both within and without the Jewish community, not only because of the life-forming events he participated in during the liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp in the late stages of the Second World War (he was instrumental in conducting funeral ceremonies for over 20,000 victims, saying Kaddish for each of them), but also the thousands of lives he touched in the UK by the marriages, funerals, etc he conducted during his long communal life.
I understand the constraints of getting out a newspaper last week, but the JC, the so-called leader of the Jewish press in the UK, managed a mere three column inches half-way down page 38. Do you not think Reverend Hardman deserved better, if not out of respect for him then certainly for the six million victims of the Holocaust, about whom he never ceased speaking for the whole of his life? Michael R Richard Gurney Drive, Hampstead Garden Suburb, London N2