Holocaust Educational Trust honours champions of Holocaust Education


On September 10th, over 400 guests and dignitaries attended the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Appeal Dinner at The Savoy to honour those who have dedicated their lives to Holocaust Education. The dinner, which was hosted by the Lowy family and Eyal Ofer and family, was held to support HET’s ongoing educational work.

The evening was introduced by BBC Radio 4 The World at One presenter Martha Kearney and prominent guests included the Rt Hon Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, the Chief Rabbi Lord Sacks, the Rt Hon Theresa Villiers MP, Secretary of State for Northern Ireland, former Education Secretary the Rt Hon David Blunkett MP, as well as a host of other Parliamentarians and communal leaders. England Manager Roy Hodgson also addressed guests through a pre-recorded film.

The dinner featured a moving appeal film composed of survivor testimony, which expressed the importance of the Trust in combating racism, antisemitism and prejudice in our society today. This can be viewed here.

During the evening, the Trust’s newly appointed Chairman, Paul Phillips, paid tribute to the tireless efforts of Lord Greville Janner of Braunstone QC, who has devoted his life to educating the next generation about the horrors of the Holocaust and who now takes on the role of Founding Patron of the Trust. Paul Phillips also unveiled the Lord Janner Scholarship, which will provide funding for ten schools to take part in the Trust’s educational programme’s each year.

Eric Pickles presented Rabbi Barry Marcus, of the Central Synagogue of London, with an award for his dedication to Holocaust education. He explained that “there is no better way to remember than education. Rabbi Barry Marcus has done so much, coming into contact with over 17,000 students and teachers. He has made us all proud of the work he has done.”

Also honoured during the evening were the Holocaust survivors who give up their time to travel to all corners of the country, delivering their invaluable first hand testimony to nearly 60,000 students each year. Addressing them, Paul Phillips said, “The Holocaust Educational Trust will continue to take forward your legacy, so that future generations are never ignorant of what you went through. We will continue to fight against antisemitism and racism, to make a difference and create a more tolerant society.”

Guests also heard from Gameli Ladzekpo, one of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Student Ambassadors, who spoke about his experiences of visiting Auschwitz-Birkenau and pledged to pass on the memory of the Holocaust survivors present to his generation.

The appeal film shown on the evening can be viewed here.

The FA’s own website carries details of England Manager Roy Hodgson’s video and the ongoing partnership between the Trust and the FA.