Wednesday 7 April 2021

Yom Hashoah – 7th April 2021 / יוֹם הַשּׁוֹאָה 5781

Yom Hashoah, which falls on the 27th of the Jewish month of Nissan the anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto uprising,  is Israel's day of commemoration for the approximately six million Jews and five million others who perished in the Holocaust as a result of the actions carried out by the Nazis.

The Talmud says:  As long as someone’s name is remembered, his name will live on forever.  This evening I am lighting a candle in blessed memory of Betje Cohen who perished at Sobibor extermination camp aged 41  …. for being Jewish

While remembering the Holocaust, I am aware of acts of oppression and atrocities still being carried out against ethnic groups today.


“The sea is their grave but this Memorial sculpture is, in many ways, a headstone for the lost trawlermen”

I have always been impressed by the architecture in the centre of the maritime city of Hull, especially the old buildings with their carving...