All in the fam­ily for LJCC role

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JESSICA ELGOT

THE LON­DON Jewish Cul­tural Cen­tre is keep­ing it in the fam­ily when re­plac­ing its gedenk­di­ener — some­one un­der­tak­ing com­mu­nity work with Holo­caust sur­vivors as an al­ter­na­tive to Aus­trian mil­i­tary ser­vice.

Lukas Wieser, 21, is leav­ing the LJCC next week to pur­sue his legal stud­ies in Vi­enna. He will be re­placed by his younger brother Moritz, 18.

Mr Wieser said he worked on the cen­tre’s “Holo­caust sur­vivor speaker pro­gramme, or­gan­is­ing talks in schools with sur­vivors. This year we have reached 12,000 stu­dents and I’ve worked with 40 speak­ers, most of whom are over 80.

“I’ve built up a rap­port with the sur­vivors. I speak to some three or four times a week and I’ve been in­vited to din­ner and to synagogue with them. It’s so im­por­tant to be friendly and to have em­pa­thy in this job.”

Moritz Wieser said the word from his brother was that “I had to be ex­tremely or­gan­ised, and that it was hard work”.

Richard Gold­stein, di­rec­tor of the LJCC’s Holo­caust ed­u­ca­tion depart­ment, said the cen­tre had been tak­ing stu­dents from Aus­tria for 16 years.“It’s fiercely com­pet­i­tive to get a place. It’s cer­tainly not an easy op­tion com­pared to go­ing into the army.”

PHOTO: JDOC AT LJCC

The Wieser brothers with the cul­tural cen­tre’s Richard Gold­stein

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