How We Remember

Gabriel Josipovici, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Ruth Deech

Chair: Sue MacGregor

08/03/2020 12:30 pm
Kings Place, Hall 1

The Holocaust has become a defining ingredient in the Jewish collective memory. The Torah commands us ‘to remember’, because in memory exists conscience. But 75 years since the liberation of the camps, how we remember the attempt to wipe the Jewish people from the face of the earth has become deeply politicised both in the Jewish and non-Jewish world. This panel will examine the purpose of Holocaust memorialisation in all its complexities.

In Association with the Jewish Museum

Sponsored by Joanna Millan, in memory of Jerry Gotel

Gabriel Josipovici


Gabriel Josipovici was born in Nice in 1940 to Jewish parents of Italo-Russian, Romano-Levantine extraction. He lived in Egypt from 1945 to 1956, when he came to England. He read English at a St. Edmund Hall, Oxford and from 1963 to 1998 was first a lecturer, then a Professor in the School of European Studies at the University of Sussex. He is the author of some twenty novels, ten books of criticism, a memoir of his mother, the poet Sacha Rabinovitch, and numerous stage and radio plays. His reviews have appeared in the Guardian, The Independent, The Times Literary Supplement, the New York and the London Review of Books. Image cr. Tereza Stehlikova

Anita Lasker-Wallfisch


Anita Lasker-Wallfisch survived Auschwitz as a member of the woman’s orchestra. She is one of the founding members of the English Chamber Orchestra. Anita has spent many years telling her story, mainly in Germany, as a warning for the future.

Ruth Deech


Baroness Ruth Deech is a crossbench peer, member of UK Lawyers for Israel, and formerly chair of the Human Fertilisation & Embryology Authority, governor of the BBC, Principal of St Anne’s College Oxford, chair of the Bar Standards Board, Independent Adjudicator for Higher Education, and trustee of the Rhodes Scholarships.

Sue MacGregor


Sue MacGregor was born in Oxford and brought up in South Africa. She joined the BBC first as a producer, then as one of the first women reporters on Radio 4’s The World at One. For fifteen years Sue presented Woman’s Hour, after which she co-hosted Today, BBC radio’s flagship early morning News and Current Affairs programme, for many years. She went on to front the popular book discussion programme, A Good Read, and the award-winning The Reunion, bringing back together, after many years, people involved in an important and sometimes historically significant event.

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In Association with the Jewish Museum Sponsored by Joanna Millan, in memory of Jerry Gotel