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The Jewish Museum London has marked Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 with a very special event in partnership with Camden Council. The theme for HMD 2012 asks us all to Speak Up, Speak Out to create a safer, better future.
Bea Green, a Kindertransport refugee, spoke to a capacity audience of over 100 people, including schoolchildren from the City of London School for Girls, visitors to the Jewish Museum and Museum staff and friends, about her experiences of coming over to England from Germany in the 1930s.
Her talk was followed by a short Q&A where audience members were invited to ask Mrs. Green about her experiences growing up in Nazi Germany, as well as her what it was like to leave her parents and come to England as a Kinder refugee. After the talk, Kaddish (memorial prayer for the dead) was recited by Larry Ross, a long-serving Museum volunteer.
Also in attendance was Camden’s Deputy Mayor, Councillor Heather Johnson: “The Jewish Museum’s event to mark HMD 2012 is a wonderful opportunity to hear a personal testimony from Bea Green, a Kindertransport refugee, about the atrocities of the past. Her story should inspire us all to challenge the hatred and persecution that still exists across the world. Camden is very proud to have the Jewish Museum in our borough promoting Jewish History and heritage and opportunities for us all to learn the lessons from the Holocaust.”
Judith Vandervelde, Learning Programme Manager at the Jewish Museum says: “What an incredible day this has been for the visiting schoolchildren, Museum visitors and staff. Thank you so much to Bea Green for coming to the Museum and sharing her experiences with us all”.
The Jewish Museum also has a permanent Holocaust exhibition gallery that tells the story of Auschwitz survivor, Leon Greenman OBE, who survived six concentration camps and until his death in 2008 spoke to thousands of young people as a witness of the Holocaust, delivering a powerful message against racism.
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