Award-winning writer Thomas Harding will be a keynote speaker at this year’s Yom Hashoah commemoration service.
The author of international bestselling Holocaust memoir, ‘Hanns and Rudolph’, will be joining the community event on 4th May at the AJ Bell Stadium. It follows last year’s presentation, which attracted over 1,200 people.
The theme for this year’s event will be ‘One Year On’, according to Jackie Field, Yom Hashoah chairman, who said: “The anniversary last year attracted many people who had never been to a Yom Hashoah service before. People who we hope will, one year on, join us again in this communal act of commemoration.”
Jackie went on to say that the committee were thrilled that Thomas, who is also the author of ‘The House by the Lake: A Story of Germany’, had accepted their invitation to speak.
“I’m honoured to have been invited to take part in this important event in Manchester, and to do what I can to help commemorate and honour the victims of the Holocaust,” Thomas explained. His book, ‘Hanns and Rudolph’, tells the story of his uncle, Lieutenant Hanns Alexander, who fled Berlin in 1936 and who was pivotal in tracking down and in the capture of Rudolf Höss, the commandant of Auschwitz.