How We Remember
Gabriel Josipovici, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, Ruth Deech
Chair: Sue MacGregor
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 was born in Nice in 1940 of Russo-Italian, Romano-Levantine parents. His plays have been performed throughout Britain and on radio in Britain, France and Germany, and his work has been translated into the major European languages and Arabic.
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.
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 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. She is currently heard presenting the award-winning The Reunion on Radio 4, bringing back together, after many years, people involved in an important and sometimes historically significant event.