In honour of my twin Joszi Breuer, my brother Louis’s twin Jeno Breuer, My Nanny Judy’s family and everyone else who perished in the Holocaust, we must never forget what prejudice and intolerance can do.
Ben’s Bar Mitzvah Twinning speech
Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue 18th June 2022
I would like to talk to you about my Bar Mitzvah Twin
I would like to remember Joszi Breuer born in 1933 in Sopron Hungary. Joszi Breuer was taken from his home in Sopron, Hungary and was murdered in Auschwitz, Poland. Joszi would have been no older than 12 when he passed away.
My brother Louis Kirsch was one of the first members at Chigwell and Hainault Synagogue, almost four years ago to take part in the twinning project on his Bar Mitzvah. Louis honoured and twinned with a boy called Jeno Breuer. My twin is Jeno’s brother Joszi (Joshy) Breuer. This means that two brothers murdered by the Nazis are being honoured and remembered by two privileged brothers, myself and my brother Louis.
What is more poignant is that Jeno who was born in 1931 and his younger brother Joszi born in 1933 were both related to my Israeli cousins: Adina, Itsick, Shimon and Erez Breuer. Their late father, my great Uncle Avruham was born in Shopron Hungary and was a survivor of the Holocaust. My Uncle Avruham told his children that all the Breuers in Hungary were related.
My Nanny Judy’s parents Yitel and Yosef Lowry were both survivors of the holocaust.
In honour of my twin Joszi Breuer, my brother Louis’s twin Jeno Breuer, My Nanny Judy’s family and everyone else who perished in the Holocaust, we must never forget what prejudice and intolerance can do. Please G-d all Jews will be protected in the future.