As we remembered Yom Hashoah, Kabbalat Torah students Emma de Magtige and Temmie Brown read the Kaddish memorial prayer together with Rabbi Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton at the site of Sachsenhausen concentration camp, north of Berlin, on 22nd April 2017.
The story of the imprisonment of Henry Warner, husband of Mosaic Liberal Synagogue member Ursula Warner, was shared with the students.
Emma and Temmie were joined by adults Michelle Singer, Dani Singer and Eve Wilson on the trip led by Rabbis Frank Dabba Smith and Kathleen de Magtige-Middleton. Other sites in Berlin also visited included places of resistance and altruism during the Nazi years as well as the time of the DDR regime.
The group attended Erev Shabbat services at the Neue Synagogue and this journey to Berlin was the culmination of months of background preparation emphasising both the factors contributing to the rise of Nazism and those who resisted the regime through providing different forms of help to the persecuted.