For UN International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Dame Cindy and Dr Davies attended a memorial at the Auckland War Memorial, hosted by the Holocaust Centre of New Zealand. The memorial began with a welcome by Ngāti Whātua Ōrākei, and featured accounts of survivors of the Holocaust, and particulary from the Warsaw Ghetto. 2023 marks the 80th anniversary of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which was the first significant urban revolt against the Nazis during WWII, and the largest uprising by Jews.
One of the accounts came from Alicja Newman, who escaped the Warsaw Ghetto at just 10 years old with the help of her mother. Alicja lit a candle and placed it next to three cobblestones that originally came from the Ghetto. To read more about Alicja’s life and escaping the Nazis, click here.