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Frydenberg to speak at Yom Hashoah

Written by Joshua Levi, The Australian Jewish News Community Supplement March 6 2015 

FEDERAL Assistant Treasurer Josh Frydenberg will deliver the keynote address at this year's major Yom Hashoah commemorative event in Sydney.

Organised by the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies, the ceremony will mark 70 years since the liberation of the camps and the end of the Holocaust. 

Frydneberg, who is also the Member for Kooyong, was invited to be the guest speaker because he was Australia’s official representative to the Auschwitz liberation commemoration on January 27. 

Mainstream media focused intensively on his sojourn to Auschwitz and his personal connection to the Holocaust in that a number of members of his family perished there. 

The community will have only one major event this year – in the Recital Hall at Angel Place on Wednesday April 15 at 7:30pm – instead of the two traditional ceremonies at Moriah College, in recognition of the 70th anniversary of Liberation. 

It will include a special segment in which the award of Righteous Among the Nations – bestowed on those who saved Jews from the Nazis – will be presented by a representative of the Israeli Embassy to family members of an individual who protected Jews during the Holocaust. And it will feature a presentation by a combined school choir under the direction of Dr Joseph Toltz. 

Board of Deputies CEO Vic Alhadeff says: ”More than ever this year, it is important that members of the community turn out in significant numbers. The imperative to emphasise and impart the lessons of where racial hatred can lead is today greater than ever.”

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