Tuesday, 20 June 2017

A Memorial After 72 Years

It is some time since I mentioned the Jewish Gilroes Cemetery website. This does not mean that it is being neglected. On the contrary. As well as keeping it up to date - sadly several members of the community have died since we completed the project - there is also the chance to add to the stories about those people buried there.

Sometimes a very special story comes along and I feel privileged to be the one to bring it to light. It has been written by a very old friend of mine. We both grew up in the small Leicester Jewish community but he moved to Israel and I stayed in Leicester. Recently he told me about an amazing series of incidents that resulted in him going to Berlin for a greatly belated memorial service to his grandparents and the presentation of a very special gift. It's heartwarming to hear about the kindnesses that people do, especially when the news is so filled with cruelties.

I don't want to say any more about his story here because he tells it so well himself. I hope you've got a few minutes to go and read this very special story here: A Memorial After 72 Years


  1. Wow-what a powerful story. It made me feel very emotional and brought me to tears. Petra.

  2. I have to say wow too. Thanks for sharing this and the link. So much history, so much loss, and then a nice tribute.

  3. Hi Ros - what a wonderful story defining two lives ... and the fact they are remembered and now will be for ever more ... fascinating to see the links and how the whole came to light. I'm so glad the work you were able to put in to the Jewish Gilroes Cemetery website is of such value ...and is being added to as and when stories turn up ...

    The world is certainly full of cruelties, unnecessary happenings ... let's pray for love in the 'heat of the moment' ...

    Cheers Hilary

  4. So sad thinking of those lives that were cut short its heartwarming to know they are still remembered.


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