Eastbourne's Holocaust memorial online hub

Welcome by Dorit Oliver-Wolff BEM
Dorit Oliver-Wolff BEM welcomes viewers to Eastbourne's Holocaust Memorial online hub

Opening message

Video - Opening message by Councillor Tutt, Leader of Eastbourne Borough Council

Councillor Tutt commemorates all those who suffered in the Holocaust under Nazi persecution and in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. He discuses the situation today and urges us not allow differences to divide but instead allow similarities to unite us. The wording of the message can be found in the 'Resources' tab at the end of this page. 

Lighting of candles

Video - Lighting of the candles read by Stephen Rosenberg, Lewes and Eastbourne Faiths Forum

Six candles are lit to remember the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. We also light a seventh candle in remembrance of liberators, rescuers and the others who were victims of the Third Reich. Our eighth candle is a candle for humanity; with this candle we pray for future peace and understanding between people.

Mourner's Kaddish

Video - The Mourner's Kaddish read by Stephen Rosenberg and David Braunstein 

The Mourner's Kaddish is recited in Hebrew and interpreted into English. The wording of the Mourner's Kaddish can be found in the 'Resources' tab at the end of this page. 

Thank you to the community of Eastbourne

Video - Thank you to the Community of Eastbourne by Carolyn Heaps, Faiths Champion, Eastbourne Borough Council

Carolyn Heaps sends condolences to all those who have lost loved ones in 2020 and thanks the community of Eastbourne for the help and support they have provided to all those in need, continuing to be the light in the darkness. 


Video -  Liberation - Speech by Holocaust Survivor Dorit Oliver-Wolff BEM

Holocaust Survivor and resident of Eastbourne, Dorit Oliver-Wolff BEM, recounts her experience of liberation by the Russian armed forces during World War II.

Prayer of remembrance 

Video - Prayer of remembrance read by Stephen Rosenberg, Lewes and Eastbourne Faiths Forum

Stephen Rosenberg reads a prayer to remember all those whose lives have been lost or changed forever by genocide. Wording of the prayer can be found in the 'Resources' tab at the end of this page.

Be the light in the darkness

Video - Be the light in the darkness by Caroline Ansell, Member of Parliament 

Caroline Ansell, Member of Parliament for Eastbourne and Willingdon, explores Holocaust Memorial Day Trust's 2021 theme 'Be the light in the darkness'.

How was it possible?

Video - How was it possible? Read by Stephen Lloyd 

Stephen Lloyd, Liberal Democrat Parliamentary Candidate, reads 'How was it possible?' A speech from the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust concert in 2020.


Video - Playlist of poetry read by members of the community 

Wording of all poems can be found in the 'Resources' tab at the end of this page.


Video - Playlist of music 

Music on the playlist has been chosen by members of the community to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. A selection of songs have been performed by Eastbourne residents Robin and Ruth Foster accompanied by Leon Strudee.


Video - Playlist of short films

Films on the playlist have been chosen by members of the community to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day 2021. 

Thank you

 Video - A message of thanks by Stephen Rosenberg

“For the survivor who chooses to testify, it is clear: his duty is to bear witness for the dead and for the living. He has no right to deprive future generations of a past that belongs to our collective memory. To forget would be not only dangerous but offensive; to forget the dead would be akin to killing them a second time,”

Elie Wiesel, Holocaust survivor

 The council would like to extend a huge thank you to all the community members who have put so much time into gathering resources for this hub and sharing  their ideas and wisdom. A special thank you goes to Stephen Rosenberg, Dorit Oliver-Wolff BEM and Robin and Ruth Foster. 


Resources in the section below have been gathered by members of the community. You can also download the words of poems and readings from video recordings. 

Mourner's Kaddish

Mourner's Kaddish
Summary: A prayer from the Jewish Prayer Book
File Size: 280KB
Type: Files / Images
Created: 19 January 2021
Last Modified: 19 January 2021