The 330 guests at our Gala Dinner on 31 January 2019 gave Luciana Berger MP the standing ovation she deserved.
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.
Dr Na’ama Shik, who spoke before the Appeal, advising on the sophisticated educational programmes developed and promoted by Yad Vashem, has been a Director at the International School for Holocaust Studies of Yad Vashem since 2004. Her superb work on the Witness and Education series of films for Yad Vashem, in which survivors recount their life stories before, during and after the Holocaust, will ensure the legacy of memory of the Shoah lives on for future generations.
We paid tribute to the survivors, many of whom were present as our guests, including our President Sir Ben Helfgott, and warmly welcomed them all.
The six candles of the Yad Vashem Menorah, signifying remembrance, the victims, the children, the fighters, the Righteous among the nations and the life for the survivors, were lit by survivors, and survivors’ children.
The bronze sculpture of Sir Ben, created and performed live by Frances Segelman (Lady Petchey) at our event in June 2018, and gifted by Lord and Lady Petchey, was unveiled by Frances together with Sir Ben.