Learning lessons 
of the Holocaust

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When young John Edeldand travelled to the UK in 1939 with 200 Jewish children from Germany, a week before war broke out, they were welcomed by a letter by Chief Rabbi Hertz.

He told them they were working hard in the UK for their welfare where they will find love and kindness extended to them from all sides.

He also gave them four points of advice on how they could help to live in harmony in their new land. First, by being considerate, behaving quietly and politely, (2) the English customs of waiting for your turn and young people offer their seats to the elderly (3) English people admire quietness and gentleness in behaviour and (4) showing your gratitude.

Such was the poignant message at Luton Town Hall for the Holocaust memorial last month read by young Liam Gesoff.

The day saw also Stopsley High School performed a drama on their trip to Terezin to a packed Council Chamber, and Kelvin Hopkins MP gave the closing address.

Local dignitaries attending said they were moved by the direct yet sensitive presentation.