Matthew was delighted to meet local recipients of New Year’s Honours at a tea held at Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Hendon.
The recipients were presented their Honours for their services to Holocaust education and awareness. They were joined by their relatives, members, volunteers and staff at the Centre.
Members of the Order of the British Empire were awarded to Reverend Bernd Koschland MBE, Hannah Lewis MBE, Andrew Kaufman MBE, Joan Salter MBE and Martin Stern MBE. Medalists of the Order of the British Empire, BEM’s were given to Harry Bibring, Leslie Kleinman, Dr Chaim (Harry) Olmer, Josef Perl, Harry Spiro, Janine Webber, Freda Wineman.
Prior to the tea, Chief Executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, Olivia Marks-Woldman, spoke about Holocaust Memorial Day, answering questions from Centre members and thanking them for the major contribution they make in remembering the Holocaust and the atrocities that took place.
Matthew said, “When I come to speak to members at the Centre and hear their experiences it brings to life the scale of what happened during the Shoah. It helps us to remember with sadness the numbers who were killed and also to celebrate those who survived and who we honour now as they continue to tell their stories so that we can learn from the past.”
Matthew is pictured with Honours recipients, Bernd Koschland BEM, Leslie Kleinman BEM and Hannah Lewis MBE. Photos by Grainge Photography