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LIL­IAN HOCHHAUSER, who has been ap­pointed CBE for ser­vices to arts and cul­tural re­la­tions in the New Year’s Honours, is con­sid­ered, at 90, the grande dame of An­glo-Jewish arts.

She said she was “de­lighted. It means what I’ve done in my ca­reer has been of some im­por­tance.

“I think it recog­nises all my work, in the arts and in cul­tural re­la­tions. That has been most sat­is­fy­ing — us­ing the arts to com­mu­ni­cate.”

With her hus­band Vic­tor, the cou­ple are the lead­ing im­pre­sar­ios who brought Rus­sian mu­si­cians and dance com­pa­nies to Bri­tain, among many other per­form­ers over the last 60 years.

David Meller was ap­pointed CBE for ser­vices to education. He is the founder of the Meller Ed­u­ca­tional Trust and chair of the Na­tional Ap­pren­tice­ship Am­bas­sadors Net­work.

He said: “I’m thrilled. I have worked for 30 years in education and I’m pas­sion­ate about help­ing less priv­i­leged chil­dren.” Mr Meller, whose busi­ness the Meller Group, is one of the largest lux­ury home and beauty sup­pli­ers in the UK, is a non-ex­ec­u­tive board mem­ber of the Depart­ment for Education.

Lynne Franks, who made her name as a celebrity PR guru, was ap­pointed OBE for her work in fash­ion, busi­ness and women’s em­pow­er­ment.

She founded one of the UK’s best­known pub­lic re­la­tions con­sul­tan­cies in the 1970s and is cur­rently an advo- cate, com­mu­ni­ca­tions strate­gist, writer and spokes­woman on women’s is­sues.

“I’m very ex­cited to have re­ceived the hon­our,” she said. “Ab­so­lutely de­lighted. For me, the most im­por­tant thing is be­ing recog­nised for women’s em­pow­er­ment. I don’t know if that’s been hon­oured be­fore.”

Pro­fes­sor Judy Sebba, di­rec­tor of the Uni­ver­sity of Ox­ford’s Rees Cen­tre for Re­search in Fos­ter­ing and Education, was ap­pointed OBE for her ser­vices to higher education and dis­ad­van­taged young peo­ple. She said she was de­lighted, and stressed the in­valu­able con­tri­bu­tions made by her col­leagues.

Her cur­rent re­search is on im­prov­ing the ed­u­ca­tional out­comes of chil­dren in care.

Naomi Marek ser­vices to spe­cial ed­u­ca­tional needs. She is co-founder and chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer of Sky Bad­ger, a char­ity that helps dis­abled chil­dren and their fam­i­lies find ser­vices avail­able to them.

Ity was set up by Ms Barek and three other moth­ers in 2011, all with chil­dren with dis­abil­i­ties or with life-lim­it­ing con­di­tions. To date, it has helped more than 320,000 fam­i­lies.

“I’m do­ing all of this be­cause I don’t want any­one else to strug­gle the way I had to,” writes Mrs Marek on the Sky Bad­ger web­site.

Richard Mintz, who has been ap­pointed OBE for ser­vices to phi­lan­thropy, said he the award was “won­der­ful recog­ni­tion”.

The prop­erty in­vestor and devel­oper has served on the boards of sev­eral char­i­ties, in­clud­ing Jewish Care. He is also a gov­er­nor of JFS and Im­manuel Col­lege.

Mr Mintz be­came in­spired by the need to help vul­ner­a­ble peo­ple get on their feet, rather than of­fer char­ity.

“It is im­por­tant for them to re­ceive the max­i­mum amount of dig­nity, as a hu­man be­ing,” he said.

Pro­fes­sor Michael Goodyer was ap­pointed OBE for ser­vices to psy­chi­a­try re­search. He is pro­fes­sor of child and ado­les­cent psy­chi­a­try at Cam­bridge Uni­ver­sity.

Lieu­tenant Colonel Mor­daunt Co­hen, the most se­nior Jewish war vet­eran in the UK, has been ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to Se­cond World War education.

At the age of 101, he is the old­est re­cip­i­ent of an hon­our in the list.

Sun­der­land-born Lt Col Co­hen said he was “deeply hum­bled and hon­oured” and ded­i­cated his award to his com­rades who paid the ul­ti­mate sac­ri­fice.

“As the years go by, there are fewer of us around to tell our story. I look for­ward to con­tin­u­ing to ed­u­cate as many peo­ple as pos­si­ble in the years ahead, health per­mit­ting.

“As a Bri­tish Jewish vet­eran, I’m es­pe­cially proud of the im­mense con­tri­bu­tion made by the 60,000 Jewish sol­diers who served our coun­try in World War Two.”

Lt Col Co­hen en­listed in 1940 and saw ac­tion in Nige­ria and Burma and was men­tioned in dis­patches for brav­ery.

A so­lic­i­tor in civil­ian life, he served on the ex­ec­u­tive of the Sun­der­land He­brew Con­gre­ga­tion, and was ap­pointed the shul’s hon­orary Life Pres­i­dent in 1988. He is vice-pres­i­dent of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Ex-Ser­vice­men and Women.

Pro­fes­sor Michael Levin was ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to in­fec­tious dis­eases, crit­i­cal care and re­search. He is pro­fes­sor of pae­di­atrics and in­ter­na­tional child health at Im­pe­rial Col­lege Lon­don and St Mary’s Hos­pi­tal. The award came as a “to­tal shock”, he said, stress­ing that it recog­nised the col­lab­o­ra­tive work he has car­ried out with col­leagues. “I’ve been priv­i­leged to work as a part of a won­der­ful team, look­ing af­ter se­ri­ously ill chil­dren,” he said.

For sev­eral years, he has been lead­ing work to de­velop a blood test to dis­tin­guish between vi­ral and bac­te­rial ill­nesses in chil­dren, al­low­ing in­fec­tions such as menin­gi­tis, sep­ti­caemia or pneu­mo­nia to be eas­ily iden­ti­fied, and caught more rapidly.

Mor­ris Bright has been ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to lo­cal gov­ern­ment.

He said he was “very sur­prised, and hum­bled,” adding that he was in­debted to his col­leagues. “You’re only as good as the peo­ple around you.”

A Con­ser­va­tive coun­cil­lor on Hertsmere Bor­ough Coun­cil since 1999, and coun­cil leader since 2007, Mr Bright said his mantra was “to leave a place in a bet­ter con­di­tion than you find it”.

Leonie Lewis, who has been ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to the Lon­don Jewish com­mu­nity, is vice-chair of the Faiths Fo­rum in Lon­don, and a vi­cepres­i­dent of the United Syn­a­gogue.

She said: “I’m hon­oured to re­ceive the award. I’ve worked in the com­mu­nity for over 35 years and I’m proud to be the first di­rec­tor of the largest faith-based vol­un­teer or­gan­i­sa­tion, the Jewish Vol­un­teer­ing Net­work.”

Dr Martin Stern, who has been ap­pointed MBE, is one of 12 peo­ple on the list to be hon­oured for ser­vices to Holo­caust education

Orig­i­nally from Hol­land, he was shel­tered by a Dutch cou­ple af­ter the Nazi oc­cu­pa­tion, but was ar­rested and

sent to There­sien­stadt. Af­ter the war, he joined rel­a­tives in Manch­ester and qual­i­fied as a doc­tor, be­com­ing an im­mu­nol­o­gist and an au­thor­ity on asthma.

Now in his seven­ties and re­tired, he gives talks to schools about his wartime ex­pe­ri­ences. In a 2010 in­ter­view, he said the only hope of pre­vent­ing fu­ture geno­cides was to “im­mu­nise ev­ery child against the ten­dency to hate oth­ers and to re­gard oth­ers as in­fe­rior”. An­drew Kauf­man, 71, chair of the As­so­ci­a­tion of Jewish Refugees, was also ap­pointed MBE for Holo­caust education.

He said: “As the son of two refugees who fled Nazi op­pres­sion and re­built their lives in Bri­tain, I feel hugely hon­oured and enor­mously proud to have been nom­i­nated and to ac­cept this won­der­ful award, which I shall deeply trea­sure, on be­half of ev­ery­one at the AJR.”

Mr Kauf­man has been a lead­ing ad­vo­cate of the cre­ation of the AJR’s Refugee Voices tes­ti­mony ar­chive, a col­lec­tion of 225 tran­scribed in­ter­views with refugees and sur­vivors recorded for pos­ter­ity.

Bernd Kosch­land was ap­pointed MBE for his work in Holo­caust education. Born near Nurem­berg, Ger­many, in 1931 into an Or­tho­dox fam­ily, he es­caped the Holo­caust on the Kin­der­trans­port in 1939, set­tling in the UK.

He trained as a Jewish min­is­ter, be­com­ing Rev­erend Kosch­land and join­ing Kingston Syn­a­gogue in south Lon­don. He left his shul role for full­time teach­ing, work­ing at JFS and the City of Lon­don School for Girls, be­fore re­tir­ing in 1995.

He was also Jewish chap­lain at the Royal Free Hos­pi­tal in Hamp­stead.

He has said: “I be­lieve strongly that, de­spite the past, life must carry on, that you must do some­thing use­ful with your life. To­day, speak­ing about the Holo­caust and the Kin­der­trans­port is part of the lives of many who sur­vived.

“It is so im­por­tant that mem­o­ries of the Holo­caust, and the Kin­der­trans­port are passed on to the next gen­er­a­tion and not for­got­ten.”

Han­nah Lewis, ap­pointed MBE for her Shoah education work, sur­vived a labour camp in Poland and came to Bri­tain in 1949. She lives in Lon­don and has given talks in schools and uni­ver­si­ties for sev­eral years, pro­vid­ing an in­sight into the en­dur­ing im­pact of the Holo­caust.

Joan Sal­ter, who has been ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to Holo­caust education,

was born Fanny Zimet­baum in Brus­sels in 1940. She man­aged to es­cape the Nazis by flee­ing with her mother and sis­ter to Spain, hav­ing been smug­gled out of Paris hid­den in a laun­dry van.

Mrs Sal­ter now lives in Lon­don and reg­u­larly shares her tes­ti­mony in schools and col­leges across the coun­try.

Antony Good­man has been ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to in­ter­na­tional trade and ex­ports. With a ca­reer in com­merce span­ning more than 30 years, he is chief ex­ec­u­tive of kosher food com­pany Yumsh Snacks Ltd.

Also ap­pointed MBE was Lucy Marks, chief ex­ec­u­tive and clin­i­cal psy­chol­o­gist at Com­pass Well­be­ing, a health­care provider in Tower Ham­lets in East Lon­don. She was nom­i­nated for ser­vices to chil­dren’s men­tal health and pri­mary care.

Moira New­ton was ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to the Jewish com­mu­nity in North Lon­don.

Czech-born Josef Perl

was awarded a Bri­tish Em­pire Medal (BEM) for Holo­caust education work. He sur­vived nu­mer­ous con­cen­tra­tion camps in­clud­ing Auschwitz. Now liv­ing in Hert­ford­shire, he reg­u­larly spoke to stu­dents and groups about his ex­pe­ri­ences, un­til his re­tire­ment in 2009. He has also writ­ten a mem­oir, Faces in the Smoke.

An­other BEM re­cip­i­ent for Holo­caust education was Ja­nine Webber. Born in Poland, she sur­vived the war by dis­guis­ing her Jewish iden­tity. She lives in Lon­don and is reg­u­larly in­vited by schools to share her ex­pe­ri­ences.

Harry Bib­ring also re­ceived the BEM for Holo­caust education work. Born in Vienna in 1925, he and his sis­ter es­caped the Nazis on the Kin­der­trans­port to Bri­tain. In an in­ter­view with the BBC in 2015, he said he never told any­one about his story un­til an in­vi­ta­tion came from a rabbi to talk about his life to stu­dents at a lo­cal school.

Re­tired tailor Harry Spiro, 88, said he was de­lighted to learn he had been awarded a BEM for ser­vices to Holo­caust education, al­though he said he “never did it to get an award”.

A sur­vivor of There­sien­stadt, he has spent the past 15 years speak­ing in schools. He said: “Some­times the chil­dren do not un­der­stand why I do not hold a grudge. But when do you stop hat­ing and start liv­ing?

“I have been very lucky, but the big­gest luck was meet­ing the right per­son — my wife Pauline.”

Les­lie Klein­man, an­other BEM re­cip­i­ent for Holo­caust education work, was in­terned at Auschwitz but es­caped the gas cham­bers by ly­ing about his age.

It was while re­cu­per­at­ing in an Amer­i­can-run hos­pi­tal af­ter the war that he was se­lected as one of 1,000 child sur­vivors to set­tle in Bri­tain.

He is still in­volved in Shoah education, lec­tur­ing at schools around the coun­try. He said: “It was, and re­mains, im­por­tant to me that some­thing pos­i­tive should be taken from my time in Auschwitz and that all the years of suf­fer­ing should not be in vain.”

Freda Wine­man said she felt “great pride” to be recog­nised with a BEM for giv­ing school talks on the Holo­caust for the past 25 years. Mrs Wine­man, who was born in France in 1923, sur­vived Auschwitz and There­sien­stadt.

Dr Chaim Olmer also re­ceived a BEM in recog­ni­tion of his talks to school chil­dren. He was sent to Buchen­wald con­cen­tra­tion camp, be­fore be­ing moved to There­sien­stadt, where he was lib­er­ated by the Rus­sian army in May 1945.

He qual­i­fied as a den­tist af­ter ar­riv­ing in Glas­gow in 1945, and went on to serve in the Bri­tish Army.

Now 90, he said his fam­ily were very happy at the award. “But it doesn’t mean an aw­ful lot,” he added.

“What’s im­por­tant is telling peo­ple about the Holo­caust so no one ex­pe­ri­ences it again.”

Maryon Stewart, who founded the An­gelus Foun­da­tion to raise aware­ness of the dan­ger of drugs, has been awarded a BEM for ser­vices to drug education.

She es­tab­lished the foun­da­tion af­ter her 21-year-old daugh­ter Hester died from a le­gal high in 2009, and cam­paigned for seven years for a ban on the open sale of le­gal highs, fi­nally suc­ceed­ing in 2016 when the Psy­choac­tive Sub­stances Act was passed.

She said: “This is a very spe­cial, yet sad, day for me, as I’d love to share it with Hester.”

Adrian Ja­cobs, a vol­un­teer po­lice li­ai­son with the Met­ro­pol­i­tan Po­lice, has been awarded a BEM for ser­vices to in­ter­faith re­la­tions and the com­mu­nity in the Lon­don Bor­ough of Bar­net.

Shi­mon Fhima was ap­pointed MBE for ser­vices to tax­pay­ers. Mr Fhima is deputy di­rec­tor, trans­for­ma­tion at HM Rev­enue and Cus­toms, a key role in de­vel­op­ing dig­i­tal pro­grammes.

As the years go by there are fewer of us around to tell our story’


Ja­nine Webber


Harry Bib­ring


Harry Spiro


Lil­ian Hochhauser


Lynne Franks


Judy Sebba


Naomi Marek


Mor­daunt Co­hen


Leonie Lewis


Martin Stern

Michael Levin


Les­lie Kleinma


Joan Sal­ter


Maryon Stewart


Freda Wine­man


Bernd Kosch­land


Josef Perl

Mor­ris Bright

Chaim Olmer

Shi­mon Fhima

Antony Good­man

An­drew Kauf­man



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