Choral Evening Service for Yom Hashoah:
A beautiful service of songs, prayers and reflections
Wednesday 1 May, 19:00
An important part of our memorial service is to read the names of victims of the holocaust who were relatives of our synagogue members, and then say a communal Kaddish in their memory. Furthermore, there may be some among our community who may know of close friends or neighbours as well as of relatives who died in the persecution, and we want to mention these too.
Refreshments will be served at 20:00, followed by a talk by Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper BEM, the evening will finish at approximately 21:00.
Zigi Shipper was born on 18th January 1930, to a Jewish family in Lódź, Poland. In 1940 Zigi and his grandparents were forced to leave their nice home and move into harsh conditions in the Lódź Ghetto. In 1942, all children, including Zigi, were rounded up and put on lorries to be deported from the ghetto. Zigi managed to jump off the lorry and escaped back into the ghetto where he remained, working in the metal factory, until the ghetto’s liquidation in 1944.
When the ghetto was liquidated, all of the people from the metal factory were put onto cattle trucks and sent to Auschwitz-Birkenau.A few weeks after arriving at Auschwitz-Birkenau, Zigi was sent to Stutthof concentration camp near Danzig. With the Soviets advance, Zigi and the rest of his group were sent on a death march arriving in the German naval town of Neustadt. Before they could be moved further, there was a British air attack and all the Nazis fled.
Zigi was liberated by British troops on 3rd May 1945, spent 3 months in hospital, and then went to a displaced persons camp.Zigi arrived in the UK in 1947, where he married and had a family. He now lives in Hertfordshire and regularly shares his testimony on radio, TV and in schools across the country.