Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: Kensal rise survivor, 92, to speak at event

Anita Lasker Wallfisch

Anita Lasker Wallfisch - Credit: Archant

A 92-year-old Holocaust survivor from Kensal Rise is commemorating this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day at a sell-out event.

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who performed in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz will join other survivors at JW3, the London Jewish Cultural Centre, in Hampstead, at 10.30am on Friday.

Joining her at the memorial event will be Hampstead and Kilburn MP Tulip Siddiq, novelist Howard Jacobson, actress Dame Janet Suzman and fellow actor Tom Conti who will read pieces about the Warsaw Ghetto.

The theme of this year’s memorial day, also being marked by Brent Council, is “The Power of Words: words can make a massive difference – both for good and evil”.

Ms Lasker-Wallfisch survived Auschwitz by playing the cello in the camp orchestra and has told her story in her memoir Inherit The Truth.

She came to London after the liberation of the camps and found herself in a house full of musicians in West Heath Drive, in Hampstead, presided over by Emanuael Hurwitz. Anita went on to enjoy a high profile career with the English Chamber Orchestra - which she helped found in 1948 when it was called the Goldsborough Orchestra.

Tomorrow from 6.45pm to 8.30pm Brent Council hosts an evening of reflection at the Civic Centre in Engineers Way, Wembley Park.

Most Read

The event will begin with a candle lighting ceremony to remember the victims of the Holocaust and genocide survivors around the world including Bosnia, Cambodia, Darfur and Rwanda. Guests at the free event can enjoy poetry, music, the story of a yet unnamed Holocaust survivor from a guest speaker and refreshments.

A spokesman for Brent Council said: “The Holocaust and subsequent genocides took place because the local populations allowed persecution to take place and did not speak out. We aim to remember victims of the Holocaust and other genocide survivors with real life survival stories of what happened in the past in order to prevent it happening again in the future.

“We will also talk about the steps of genocide and how this builds up to a climate of fear and hatred against particular members of society.”

The event is free and registration in advance is not necessary.