First ever British funeral of Holocaust victims

Chief Rabbi of Britain and the Commonwealth Ephraim Mirvis said that these 'kedoshem' [Holy Souls] will not be afforded the dignity of a Jewish funeral.

January 10, 2019 12:00
Two boys hug in front of the main railway building of the former Nazi death camp Birkenau (Auschwitz

Two boys hug in front of the main railway building of the former Nazi death camp Birkenau (Auschwitz II) during the 'March of the Living' in Oswiecim, Poland. (photo credit: KATARINA STOLTZ/ REUTERS)


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The Imperial War Museums [IWM] have delivered to the hands of the Jewish Community of Great Britain the remains of five adults and a child who were murdered in Auschwitz during the Nazi occupation of Poland, the remains will be given a Jewish funeral in January 20 in the north London neighborhood of Bushey.

Rabbi Ephraim Mervis wrote in a social media post that he thanks the IWM for the care and sensitivity they have shown in the matter and that now the victims will be given "the dignity of a Jewish funeral."

The ashes and bone fragments were removed from the site of the Nazi concentration camp by a Holocaust survivor in the 1990's and were kept there for 20 years, The Times reported.

This will be the first time that Jewish people murdered in the Holocaust will be buried in England. 

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