Les­lau is ‘moved’ to back HSC

The Jewish Chronicle - - COMMUNITY - BYJC RE­PORTER

AF­TER BE­ING “pro­foundly moved” by a talk by a sur­vivor, property de­vel­oper Nick Les­lau hosted a record­break­ing Holo­caust Sur­vivors Cen­tre din­ner with his fam­ily.

Mr Les­lau came into con­tact with the HSC last year last year when Auschwitz sur­vivor Re­nee Salt spoke emo­tion­ally about her ex­pe­ri­ences to the squad of Sara­cens rugby club, of which he is a di­rec­tor.

In his open­ing re­marks to the 350 din­ner guests at Lon­don’s Grosvenor House, Mr Les­lau said: “Tonight is a cel­e­bra­tion. A cel­e­bra­tion of life, of sur­vival and of mankind’s in­domitable spirit as man­i­fested through the lives of those pre­cious in­di­vid­u­als who are with us 70 years af­ter the lib­er­a­tion of the death camps.” The sig­nif­i­cance of the cen­tre was “way greater than its size”.

Nick and Max­ine Les­lau with Re­nee Salt and Fred­die Knoller

T h e e v e n i n g , whi c h r a i s e d £500,000, was com­pered by Ta­nia Bryer, whose aunt sur­vived camps and a death march.

Film and TV di­rec­tor Paul Wei­land made the ap­peal film, which fo­cuses on the ex­pe­ri­ences of four of the cen- tre’s mem­bers.

He was so in­spired by the HSC’s work that he is is plan­ning to launch a vi­ral fundrais­ing cam­paign for the cen­tre. “Spend­ing time with the sur­vivors was a priv­i­lege I will never forget,” he said af­ter­wards.

Cen­tre man­ager Aviva Trup said it had been “a really spe­cial evening for our 35 mem­bers who at­tended and were thor­oughly en­gaged. And, im­por­tantly, it raised vi­tal funds needed to en­sure we can keep our doors open and con­tinue to pro­vide much needed sup­port to 600 of the es­ti­mated 3,000 re­main­ing sur­vivors in the UK.”

‘Tonight is a cel­e­bra­tion of mankind’s in­domitable spirit’

PHOTO: BLAKE EZRA PHO­TOG­RA­PHY

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