REV HARD­MAN’S PLACE

The Jewish Chronicle - - Comment & Analysis -

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

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