Yom HaShoah (Holocaust Commemoration Day) was marked with great solemnity in the Senior School. The day began with students focusing on a number of victims of the Shoah, reading accounts of their often brief lives, and trying to reduce the impossibly vast number of six million into individual lives, each one unique. ‘To each person there is a name,’ writes the Hebrew poet Zelda.
The commemorative assembly focused on the particular fate of children and young people in the Shoah, their stories and varied situations. The School was fortunate to hear from child survivor Richard Rozen and a number of students joined their survivor relatives (grandparents, great grandparents or extended members of the family) in lighting six yartzheit (memorial) candles. At lunchtime, a first ‘Zicharon b’Salon’ (Remembrance in the living room) was held. Survivor Siegmund Siegreich, author of ‘The Thirty-Six’ recounted his experiences to students and staff.
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Director of Jewish Life and Learning