I felt good that I was keeping Lydia’s memory alive. It felt like doing a good deed for someone else.
Keira Edwards, brought extra meaning to her own Bat Mitzvah. She twinned her Bat Mitzvah with Lydia Fischer, and designed a poster describing the family and life of Lydia, who perished aged 10, at Auschwitz in 1944.
Yad Vashem UK Foundation sent Keira and her family a folder of information about Lydia so they could research her story.
Keira made a demonstration board which was displayed by the Bimah during her Bat Mitzvah ceremony, and she also referenced the twinning during her Dvar Torah. Her portion was about the Ten Commandments, and she talked about how the Germans did not follow these during the Second World War.
North Tyneside Council’s Holocaust Memorial Event 2022
I was twinned with Lydia Fischer at the end of 2016 in the run up to my Bat Mitzvah and have felt a deep connection to her story because of this. With her only surviving family member having passed away not long before my twinning, I felt it to be important for me to continue to spread her story so it will never be forgotten. During the summer, I also participated in the Lessons from Auschwitz scheme and was a speaker about this in North Tyneside Council’s Holocaust Memorial Event 2022.