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Untold Stories: Brent's Holocaust Memorial Day

I was pleased to attend Brent's Holocaust Memorial Ceremony on the 23rd of January.


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The inter-faith ceremony, held at the Town Hall, began with a welcome from by the Mayor of Brent, Cllr Harbhajan Singh and included a number of contributions around the theme of 'Untold Stories'. This year's key note speech was by David Cesarani, Professor of history at Royal Holloway, University of London on the theme of 'Stories from the camps: the told, the untold and the untellable'. In addition to Prof Cesarani's moving tribute and discussion of memory, the ceremony included a fascinating talk from Belsen survivor, sculptor Maurice Blik and there were also reflections from Brent's pupils who told us about their visit to Auschwitz concentration camp. Rev Anthony Wolfson from the Wembley United Synagogue led a memorial prayer in Hebrew and English, with beautiful accompaniment from the London Cantorial Singers. and inter-faith music by 'The Berakah Project'. Portraits of Brent's survivors are also on display at the Town Hall.




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24th January 2011