Holocaust call to action

I STOOD with scores of other people yesterday (Weds) in the bitterest of weather to mark Holocaust Memorial Day. The chill wind and freezing rain seemed apt and helped those gathered remember the severe privations the victims of the Nazis murderous actio

I STOOD with scores of other people yesterday (Weds) in the bitterest of weather to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

The chill wind and freezing rain seemed apt and helped those gathered remember the severe privations the victims of the Nazis' murderous actions were forced to suffer.

For survivor Issy Hahn the memories are as raw as the weather - and his speech at the Holocaust Memorial Garden, Valentines Park, reflected that.

Issy told of being forced on a death march and how bodies were left strewn across the snow as the Nazi thugs pushed them on, killing the stragglers as they fell.

It was a gut-wrenching testimony - one which I have heard from Issy before - but none-the-less a story that must be told.

That's why Rabbi Aryeh Sufrin's call for every school in the borough to be represented next year is so vital.

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