The photo below is of twins, Izabel and Solly Marton, who came from Romania, both were murdered at Auschwitz. They must never be forgotten.
Make your Barmitzvah or Batmitzvah more meaningful by twinning it with a young victim of the Holocaust who tragically, was unable to celebrate this milestone in Jewish life.
‘……It is amazing to share my bar mitzvah with all of you. But now, I want to tell you about a special boy who never had the chance to become bar mitzvah. He was called Samuel and had his birthday in December just like I do. Samuel Swaab was born in December 1933 in Amsterdam. He was murdered by the Nazis in April 1943…….. He was just 9 years old.
If he had lived he would have been exactly one year older than my Grandpa Ronnie, who will be 80 this month. Samuel never grew old enough to have a Bar Mitzvah, get a job, get married, and have children or grandchildren. Nearly all his family were killed during the holocaust; his three sisters, his parents, his grandparents and most of his many uncles, aunts and cousins. His name was given to me by the Yad Vashem Twinning Project to keep his memory alive.
Today I am wearing one of their memorial pins as a tribute to him. As part of the preparation for my Barmitzvah, I have researched Samuel’s family and his life. A special thank you to my Auntie Naomi for helping me out during her trip to Amsterdam this summer. I have prepared a presentation on Samuel. So to find out more about him please have a look at my slides which are displayed here today.
Learning about Samuel has helped me understand a little about the Holocaust and has made me realise how lucky I am to be able to celebrate my Barmitzvah today…….’
If you would like to twin a Bar or Batmitzvah, what can you do?
We would like to encourage young boys and girls to twin their Barmitzvah or Batmitzvah with a young victim of the Holocaust who would obviously not have been able to have a Barmitzvah.
We would give you the name of a victim who has a similar name or birthday as the young person who will be celebrating a Bar or Bat Mitzvah. With it, we can also furnish a study guide to learn about the victim, their family and the community he/she came from as well as learning a little about the victim’s experience during the Holocaust.
For more details or to arrange a ‘twinning’.
Please contact Evelynne or Sandra – firstname.lastname@example.org or call 020 8359 1146