Board of Deputies Senior Vice President Richard Verber speaking at Barnet Copthall Stadium during Sunday’s event
More than 3,000 people, including newly elected London Mayor Sadiq Khan, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, Israeli Ambassador Mark Regev and 200 survivors, attended Yom Hashoah UK’s commemoration at Barnet Copthall Stadium of the six million killed by the Nazis.
Mr Khan, making his first appearance as London mayor said that he felt “privileged” to attend the event.
Rabbi Mirvis told the audience: “There were more than one million children among the dead who never lived to raise families. We are the ones who must come forward and spread the message so the Shoah may never be forgotten.”
Mr Regev said that preserving the memory of those killed was more important than ever. “Jews are still being vilified and targeted just for being Jews, in the Middle East and in the heart of the West.”
Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience: “Our generation of survivors cannot last forever. But the lessons will, because you will remember and keep teaching them.”
Representing the Board of Deputies at Sunday’s event were Senior Vice President Richard Verber, Vice President Marie van der Zyl and Chief Executive Gillian Merron. Community Services Manager Colin Spanjar was part of the Yom HaShoah UK organising committee.
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Board of Deputies President Jonathan Arkush (fifth from left) was part of an EJC delegation which met Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven (third from left) in Stockholm last week