Yom Hashoah commemoration

‘Children and the Holocaust’ was the theme for the 2017 Yom HaShoah commemorations. Almost 1600 people attended the events organised by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies – over 1000 people at the Clancy Auditorium, UNSW; over 400 at Masada College; and about 140 at the Martyrs’ Memorial, Rookwood Cemetery. The keynote speaker at the evening ceremonies was Australian children’s author Morris Gleitzman, who, in conversation with Dr Avril Alba, shared insights from his acclaimed Holocaust-themed Once series. Singer Lior performed moving renditions of his song My Grandfather and Avinu Malkeinu and Judy Kaye delivered a powerful presentation on her grandparents, who saved 50 Hungarian Jews from the Nazis and were subsequently declared Righteous Among the Nations. Children’s choirs from Masada College, Emanuel School and Mount Sinai College also performed.