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Legacy of the Holocaust – The Citizen



An inventory of names broke the stillness on the Westpark Cemetery on Thursday on Holocaust Remembrance Day on the South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD)’s annual memorial ceremony honouring the six million folks, the bulk Jews, killed within the Holocaust.

The names of males, girls and youngsters of all ages killed by the Nazi regime have been learn out by pupils to attendants. The pupils defined every Holocaust sufferer had a reputation and a narrative and that it was essential to pay tribute to them, even when it was not potential to inform every one’s story.

Among the many record of deceased talked about was six-year-old Izia Steinberg, from Kyiv, Ukraine; the identical space lately shaken by conflict.

Talking on the memorial, Lieutenant Colonel William Bergman, chair of the SA Jewish Ex-Servicemen’s League, stated that the conflict raging in Ukraine and the folks’s dedication to battle for freedom from a violent aggressor was a reminder of the previous.

The Yom Hashoah ceremony held at the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. The event is an annual Day of Remembrance where they commemorate the Six Million Jews that were murdered during World War 2. Picture: Neil McCartney
The Yom Hashoah ceremony held on the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. The occasion is an annual Day of Remembrance the place they commemorate the six million Jews that have been murdered throughout World Warfare 2. Image: Neil McCartney

He stated one wanted to each keep in mind the Holocaust and be vigilant that related hatred and inhumanity by no means occurred once more.

SAJBD Gauteng chair Harold Jacobs defined that every yr on Holocaust Remembrance Day, Jewish residents dedicated themselves anew to combating at any time when and wherever hateful ideology surfaced.

The ceremony included a presentation by Holocaust survivor Lily Ebert, 98, and her great-grandson, Dov Forman, interviewed by SAJBD vice-president Mary Kluk.

Six survivors during the Yom Hashoah ceremony held at the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. The event is an annual Day of Remembrance where they commemorate the Six Million Jews that were murdered during World War 2. Picture: Neil McCartney
Six survivors throughout the Yom Hashoah ceremony held on the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. The occasion is an annual day of remembrance the place they commemorate the six million Jews that have been murdered throughout World Warfare 2. Image: Neil McCartney

Ebert stated she had been stripped of her identify within the focus camps, and as a substitute was given a quantity by her captors in Auschwitz: A-10572.

Ebert and Forman co-authored the story, Lily’s Promise, which tells her story.

She stated of the ebook’s title: “I promised, if I survived, I’ll inform the world. I’ll change the world.”

She associated how she had lived in a pleasant Jewish house with six youngsters, and the way she had obtained a golden angel pendant for her birthday. That angel made an unbelievable, harrowing journey when Ebert’s household was despatched to stay in a ghetto in 1944, and in the future troopers arrived and instructed them to pack their issues as a result of they have been being despatched “to work”.

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Her brother suggested her to cover the angel because it was made from gold, which she did. She defined to Kluk that this was how the pendant had survived Auschwitz. She held it in her fingers as she associated her horrific account of Nazis doing experiments on infants, and of an authority on the gates of Auschwitz who, with one gesture, separated the brand new arrivals to the suitable (to the crematorium) or to the left.

Survivor, Helen Lieman lighting the Memorial Lamps during the Yom Hashoah ceremony held at the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. The event is an annual Day of Remembrance where they commemorate the Six Million Jews that were murdered during World War 2. Picture: Neil McCartney
Survivor, Helen Lieman, lighting the memorial lamps throughout the Yom Hashoah ceremony held on the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. Image: Neil McCartney

Different poignant, harrowing tales of braveness have been shared, together with that of sisters Cecilia and Nadia Boruchowitz. Cecilia held onto her ardour for music by way of her total horrific ordeal.

After the Holocaust, she rebuilt her life and went on to grow to be an achieved musician. Cecilia’s violin now stands within the Johannesburg Holocaust and Genocide Centre.

Her household is set to maintain Cecilia and Nadia’s story alive.

“These tales have to be handed on from era to era,” stated Jacobs.

Talking of his great-grandmother’s story, Forman stated that he didn’t simply know her story – he felt it deep inside.

Six Memorial Lamps each lit by a survivor during the Yom Hashoah ceremony held at the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. The event is an annual Day of Remembrance where they commemorate the Six Million Jews that were murdered during World War 2. Picture: Neil McCartney
Six memorial lamps, every lit by a survivor throughout the Yom Hashoah ceremony held on the Westpark Cemetery, 28 April 2022. Image: Neil McCartney

Whereas the ceremony began with the names of the deceased talked about, it concluded with one other record of names – women and men, troopers, and authorities who had helped the Jews at a price to themselves, even of their lives.

Some survivors have been additionally named, they usually got here to the entrance, in flip, to mild candles by a big Star of David.

The burning candles; the dedicated gathering; the surviving golden angel pendant; the passionate music of a violin performed for memorial company, following Cecilia and Nadia’s story; demonstrated what Ebert stated to Kluk was a very powerful reality: that there’s at all times hope.

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