Lansons Diversity Group was set up last year to promote a culture of diversity and conversation at Lansons. Since it’s inception, the team have discussed the importance of not only promoting culture and diversity internally, but also practicing what we preach and educating wider groups of people about some of the things that make us different.
As part of this, Lansons Diversity Group, hosted an event with the Holocaust Educational Trust, where we were joined by Holocaust Survivor Steven Frank BEM to share his personal story of growing up in Holland during the Holocaust and the atrocities that he and his family faced being a Jew in the 1930s and 40s. Steven’s testimony was a humbling experience for all who attended and reminded us of the dangers of hate and not understanding eachother.
It is important to remember that 76 years on from the Holocaust, antisemitism is still rife around the world and in the UK alone there were 1,805 antisemitic incidents in 2019, an increase of 7% on 2018’s findings.
As a Jew living in London in the 21st Century, it is sad that our synagogues must be surrounded by security to ensure our safety of prayer. It is scary, that in some places I must remove my skull cap for fear of being shouted at and that less than 80 years on from the holocaust, antisemitic tropes such as “Jews run the media”, “Jews run the banks” and confusion between Israeli Government policy and me being a Jew can still be slipped into day to day conversation – many unaware of the effects it can have on the person they are speaking to. We must all work together to eradicate the evil or antisemitism and other forms of races from our society as if not, who knows what our future will look like.
It is all our responsibility to be kind and respectful to one another, no matter race, religion or beliefs. Have the conversations, read more, learn more and together we will be able to form a more understanding and open society.
If you wish to read and learn more about the Holocaust, we have included some further follow up reading and watching below.
We'd love to hear your feedback on this event and any future events you'd like to see from the Lansons Diversity Group. MitchellC@lansons.com
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