Michael Newman’s grandmother was a refugee who came from Nazi Germany, and he was struck by a phrase he discovered in one of the letters she wrote to an aunt and uncle in America:
Following on from this, Revd Nathan Eddy from the Council of Christians and Jews shared a poem: Testimony, by Dan Pagis, a Jewish poet who wrote about his experiences during the Holocaust years later. He also talked about the importance of always putting the victims at the centre of how we remember.
People shared their painted Foundation Stones, inspired by these fantastic speakers. One young girl painted two people on her stones “for anyone who is lonely”. Another participant shared: “The tree on my stone represents my wish for many many more lives and for Jewish communities to continue to bloom and gain strength”.