On January 25th 2022, HSF’s Jonathan Blake, Head of International Private Funds Strategy for the Corporate Practice Group, introduced his sister Anita Peleg, to present the story of their mother, Naomi Blake, sculptor and Auschwitz survivor. A short excerpt is below:
How do we ensure the lessons of the Holocaust are learned: that prejudice and discrimination can motivate genocide.
On January 25th 2022, HSF’s Jonathan Blake, Head of International Private Funds Strategy for the Corporate Practice Group, introduced his sister Anita Peleg, to present the story of their mother, Naomi Blake, sculptor and Auschwitz survivor. Anita told an HSF audience of 400+ people across the UK, Europe and the US, how their Czech born mother was deported to Auschwitz and Brahnau concentration camps, worked as a slave labourer and escaped a death march in the freezing Polish winter. How she finally returned home to find 19 direct family members including her 9 young nephews and nieces had been murdered and her home in ruins. She also talked about Naomi’s every present optimism and how she rebuilt her life as a sculptor promoting understanding between faiths. A short clip of Anita's vivid depiction of her mother's story is available here.
Anita is one of 22 speakers from charity Generation 2 Generation (G2G) that supports descendants of Holocaust survivors tell their family stories and just as her mother Naomi did, to encourage tolerance and understanding and to challenge discrimination in all its forms. Indeed, during the Holocaust Memorial Day period (Jan and Feb 2022), G2G speakers reached over 18,000 people through more than 140 presentations across a range of audiences.
Anita explains G2G’s aim “by keeping the memory of individual family Holocaust stories alive we can enable people to learn for the future.”
If you are interested in hosting a similar event please contact Anita [email protected] or visit this website www.generation2generation.org.uk