Extract from Submission to the Prime Ministerís Holocaust Commission by the Board of Deputies of British Jews, May 2014


Olivia Marks-Woldman, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust says: Ask your children what they learnt from their Holocaust Memorial Day activities at school. (2016)

The celebration of family is regarded as a major part of the Jewish tradition. Rabbi Berel Wein says "It has become ever more imperative that family relationships and influences be strengthened. The family is the last and strongest fortress for developing character, morals, tradition and proper role models for children and later generations. A child who sees and interacts with grandparents and great-grandparents can gain a greater perspective on life and its events than what the child would gain on its own without the input of generations. ... One of the many terrible consequences of the Holocaust has been the disruption in the chain of generations. Knowing the past generations is somehow a crucial and necessary component for Jewish survival."
To deny a child the opportunity of a relationship with a grandparent who escaped from Hitler's evil grasp is both inhumane and damaging to the child's development. Preventing a grandparent from recounting her authentic testimony is callous and makes a mockery of encouraging Holocaust education and awareness.

Don't Stand By; speak up for these grieving grandparents now.

The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men and women to do nothing. (Edmund Burke)


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