On Sunday I participated in a very moving event in Nelson Street Synagogue to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day. The theme of this year’s HMD was ‘Speak Up, Speak Out’. It called on us to never allow our hearts to be closed to those suffering oppression. There were many emotional and touching contributions from participants, some of whom had lost members of their family in the Holocaust, during a three hour ceremony which was interspersed with music and poetry.
The day finished off with the lighting of seven candles. Six to mark the six million killed during the Holocaust and the seventh to mark those who have lost their lives in genocides since the Holocaust. It was an emotional end to a ceremony that was both sad and beautiful. My sincere thanks to Leon Silver for giving me the opportunity to participate in it.