Chaim Ferster Memorial Lecture

Wednesday, 8 November, 2017 - 19:30

7.30pm on Wednesday 8th November at King David High School Hall - This year's lecture will be delivered by Dorit Novak, Director General of Yad Vashem, World Holocaust Remembrance Centre in Jerusalem.


Dorit said "I am particularly honoured to be the first lecturer invited to speak in the name of Chaim Ferster, whose testimony is held in the archives of Yad Vashem". 

We look forward to welcoming you on November 8th and would appreciate your RSVP to as soon as possible.


Chaim Ferster survived the Buchenwald and Auschwitz concentration camps to arrive as a refugee in the UK on February 7th 1946, joining his Manchester based paternal uncle. 

He was buried exactly 71 years later, on February 7th 2017 at the age of 94.

Chaim struggled to come to terms with the horrors he lived through and, like many survivors, hid the details of his story from those closest to him, including his children.

Chaim focused on building a successful business for his family and then, in his latter years, he dedicated his life to telling his story in the name of Holocaust education. Chaim tirelessly visited schools and institutions to ensure that his testimony would help eradicate the irrational antisemitism that he still felt plagued our world.

Chaim addressed the NWFOI Say No To Antisemitism rally in Manchester, October 2014 and few of the 3,000 who were there will ever forget his voice, full of emotion, as he showed a fading tattoo on his forearm, stating "I am NOT B10924 - I am Chaim Ferster".

NWFOI are honoured to be sponsoring an annual series of lectures themed on Holocaust remembrance and antisemitism, in memory of Chaim Ferster's life. 

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