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Book Club
The Ratline by Philippe Sands
8 September 2020

A historical detective story that sets out to uncover the truth behind what happened to leading Nazi Otto von Wächter.
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Forged in Fury
by Michael Elkins

The discussion was led by Simon Bentley, Chairman of Yad Vashem UK Foundation and was attending by approximately 16 people.

Many of you know the story of the death camps - Auschwitz, Birkenau, Ravensbrück and Treblinka.  What you might not know is the story of the Jewish resistance to the horrors of the death camps - of the courageous men and women who dared to make a stand and fight. This book also tells a story of ‘Din’ meaning, ‘judgement’ in Hebrew. In 1945, after the war, a small group of Jews formed this secret organisation to ensure the Nazis should know the pain to torture and brutality suffered by over 6 million Jews.  Many powerful Nazis died at their hands – and then they worked out the most daring plan of all, a scheme to poison the water supply to a quarter of a million German homes.
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Business Breakfast November 2019

Margaret Hodge was Minister for Children in 2003, before becoming Minister of State for Culture and Tourism in 2005. In 2010 she was elected Chairman of the Public Accounts Committee where she served until 2015. Since 2018, Margaret has been Chair of Council at Royal Holloway, University of London. Margaret is a strong advocate for Holocaust Education and the awareness of antisemitism, confronting Labour leader Jeremy Corbyn in parliament on this.
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Kasztner’s Train by Anna Porter

Jews who fled Hitler and changed the world. The heroic story of Rezsö Kasztner, the “Hungarian Oskar Schindler” who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews from certain death at the hands of the Nazis, only to be accused of collaboration and
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The National Portrait Gallery

On 25 September the Yad Vashem UK Foundation and National Portrait Gallery celebrated the Gallery's acquisition of a bronze sculpture of Sir Ben Helfgott,
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And God Saw That It Was Bad
by Otto Weiss

'And God Saw That It Was Bad' was composed by the author in Terezin as a surprise birthday present for his wife, Irena, and was produced with the conspiratorial artistic assistance of his young daughter Helga.  Both Irena and Helga survived the Holocaust.
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Screening of ‘No Asylum’
and Q&A with Eva Schloss

To mark the 74th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen Belsen Concentration Camp by the British Army, a special screening of the documentary "No Asylum - The Untold Chapter of Anne Frank's Story" was held at the Kinloss Synagogue in Finchley, north London on 15 April 2019.
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Gala Dinner 31 January 2019

Luciana, who has been a target of antisemitic abuse on social media, and has experienced antisemitism coming from within elements of the Labour Party, has bravely and publicly spoken out in Westminster against these injustices.  Luciana acknowledged the important work being done by Yad Vashem UK Foundation and pledged to do whatever she can to support Yad Vashem, to fight racism, to tackle myths, to promote the truth, to honour the survivors, and to remember the six million who perished.
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The Sunflower by Simon Wiesenthal

While imprisoned in a Nazi concentration camp, Simon Wiesenthal was taken one day from his work detail to the bedside of a dying member of the S.S. Haunted by the crimes in which he had participated, the soldier wanted to confess to and obtain absolution from - a Jew.
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If This is A Man by Primo Levi

'The need to tell our story to "the rest", to make "the rest" participate in it, had taken on for us, before our liberation and after, the character of an immediate and violent impulse, to the point of competing with our other elementary needs. This book has been written to satisfy this need.
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The Tattooist of Auschwitz by Heather Morris

The incredible story of the Auschwitz-Birkenau tattooist and the woman he loved. Lale Sokolov is well-dressed, a charmer, a ladies' man. He is also a Jew. On the first transport from Slovakia to Auschwitz in 1942, Lale immediately stands out to his fellow prisoners.
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