Death camp’s ‘ev­er­last­ing ef­fect’ on foot­baller

The Jewish Chronicle - - Community - BY JC RE­PORTERS

ON THE eve of Yom Hashoah, par­tic­i­pants in Holo­caust Ed­u­ca­tional Trust projects at­tended a spe­cial event at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment.

Stu­dents trav­elled from across the re­gion to talk to MSPS about their ex­pe­ri­ences on the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment­funded HET’S Lessons from Auschwitz project which takes post-16 pupils on a visit to the Nazi death camp. Other guests in­cluded sur­vivors Henry and In­grid Wuga, and Judy Rus­sell, daugh­ter of the late Holo­caust sur­vivor and Shoah ed­u­ca­tor Ernest Levy, who spoke about the im­por­tance of en­sur­ing that fu­ture gen­er­a­tions un­der­stand what took place dur­ing the Holo­caust.

Dr Alas­dair Al­lan MSP, who vis­ited Auschwitz-birke­nau last Novem­ber with the HET, said he had “val­ued the op­por­tu­nity to take part in a visit to Auschwitz with stu­dents”. Karen Pol­lock, HET chief ex­ec­u­tive, said: “We are de­lighted to have such cross-party sup­port to hear about the im­pact of our work in Scot­tish schools.”

Fettes Col­lege in Ed­in­burgh wel­comed Hephz­ibah Rudofsky and her mother, Ber­gen Bel­son sur­vivor Lady Zehava Kohn, who spoke to 150 pupils. Ms Rudofsky said the pupils “were vo­cal in their ap­pre­ci­a­tion”. Glas­gow Jewish Rep­re­sen­ta­tive Coun­cil hosted a Yom Hashoah ser­vice at Giffnock Syn­a­gogue where sur­vivor Agnes Grun­wald-spier spoke about her book The Other Schindlers to the 250-strong au­di­ence.

held a civic Yom Hashoah ser­vice at the War Me­mo­rial in Princes Street Gar­dens. At­ten­dees in­cluded mem­bers of Ed­in­burgh Lib­er­als.

At Dublin He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, 50 peo­ple heard read­ings by pupils of Strat­ford Col­lege which was fol­lowed by a screen­ing of the film The Chil­dren of Cha­bannes, which tells the story of how vil­lagers in un­oc­cu­pied France saved 400 Jewish refugee chil­dren.

The theme of child­hood in the Shoah threaded its way through a Yom Hashoah ser­vice at Leeds Etz Chaim Syn­a­gogue. The cer­e­mony, at­tended by Lord Mayor Rev Alan Tay­lor, in­cluded other faith mem­bers who took part in an ed­u­ca­tional trip to Poland. Dr Che Se­abourne of St Ge­orge’s Church said the group gained a har­row­ing ex­pe­ri­ence of hu­man tragedy.

“We also gained a per­spec­tive on in­cred­i­ble acts of brav­ery shown by peo­ple who were be­ing per­se­cuted, and by Right­eous Gen­tiles who said they were un­will­ing to have that hap­pen in their name,” he told the 300-strong gath­er­ing. Shoah child sur­vivor Suzanne Rip­ton saw her per­sonal tes­ti­mony told through an in­ter­view filmed by Makor.

Close to 100 peo­ple at­tended a ser­vice at Brighton and Hove He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion. Rabbi Her­shel Rader of­fi­ci­ated, with six can­dles lit by Shoah sur­vivors or mem­bers of their fam­i­lies. Pro­fes­sor Gideon Reu­veni of the Cen­tre for Ger­man Jewish Stud­ies spoke on teach­ing about the Shoah. At Brighton and Hove Pro­gres­sive par­tic­i­pants read from a book­let writ­ten by Rabbi El­iz­a­beth Tik­vah Sarah and also from their Czech scroll which was res­cued from Fry­dek-mis­tek. Brighton and Hove Re­form marked the day with read­ings from a Shoah scroll.

More than 70 peo­ple at­tended Southend and West­cliff He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion for a Yom Hashoah ser­vice. Holo­caust sur­vivor Otto Deutsch showed a film about his re­turn to Be­larus in 2010. The au­di­ence raised £300 for the Yad Vashem Foun­da­tion.

Chel­tenham He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion marked Yom Hashoah with a ser­vice and a read­ing of the prayer es­pe­cially com­posed by Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks.

Five hun­dred peo­ple, in­clud­ing lo­cal may­ors, at­tended the Hil­ton Suite in Prest­wich for a Yom Hashoah ser­vice. It was held in ded­i­ca­tion to Holo­caust sur­vivor Reb­bet­zin Marga Brodie, the late wife of Rev Gabriel Brodie, who died in De­cem­ber aged 90 af­ter serv­ing the Manch­ester Great and New Syn­a­gogue com­mu­nity for over 40 years. Among the guests was Rev­erend Brodie and their son, Rabbi Ye­huda Brodie. Ta­nia Nel­son, the main event or­gan­iser, paid trib­ute to Marga Brodie. At a Yom Hashoah assem­bly at King David High stu­dents heard sur­vivor Eva Neu­man speak about her ex­pe­ri­ences in Auschwitz-birke­nau

For­mer New­cas­tle United de­fender John An­der­son, who works with ed­u­ca­tion char­ity Show Racism the Red Card, de­scribed his visit to Auschwitz as a teenager at a Yom Hashoah ser­vice at New­cas­tle United Syn­a­gogue. He told the 80-strong gath­er­ing that the visit “has had an ev­er­last­ing ef­fect” on his life. Dr Beate Muller de­scribed her work with child sur­vivors and pupils from Benfield School spoke about their “six mil­lion pa­per­clips” project.

More than 300 mem­bers of Mill Hill Syn­a­gogue marked Yom Hashoah by lis­ten­ing to Eva Schloss, post­hu­mous step-sis­ter of Anne Frank, in con­ver­sa­tion with Rabbi Yitzchak Scho­chet. “It was not only her story, but also her de­liv­ery — her elo­quence and lack of bit­ter­ness that cap­ti­vated her au­di­ence,” said a spokesper­son af­ter­wards.

PHOTO: BRENDA LEVIN­SON

Ed­in­burgh He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion For­mer New­cas­tle United player John An­der­son ( far right) at the Yom Hashoah ser­vice at New­cas­tle United He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion

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