Deep Down In The Ground, Covered & Protected
All the six people are lying under the ground… they took a long time to find their respective resting places.
No one knows who they are… The world has just got to know that each of them had to suffer a lot before their death, as they died at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland during the WWII. They were not even buried. Their remains were kept at the Imperial War Museum (IWM) in London for 22 years. At last, the remains of five adults and a child found the resting place as they were buried at a graveyard in Hertfordshire north of London on January 20.
The coffin being transported to the grave
On the occasion, a priest read out the condolence message (sent to the Jewish community) by Prince Charles who is the chief patron of Britain’s Holocaust Memorial Trust. The IWM said in a statement that a person had donated various items – related to the holocaust – to the museum in 1997. Most probably, the person had survived the holocaust. The present mortal remains of them were among the items donated by that person. Representatives of the Jewish community buried those remains four days after receiving them.
A pathologist tried to identify those holocaust victims in 2005, but had failed. James Bulgin, the Content Leader of Holocaust Galleries at IWM, said: “We don’t know who they are. We can’t use the remains for research purposes. There is no reason to keep them here. So, the decision to bury the remains is a right one. But, it was a difficult decision!”
The Chief Rabbi stands by the graveside
Meanwhile, the Chief Rabbi – Ephraim Mirvis – described the event as “an extraordinary funeral”. While conducting a eulogy, he directly addressed the departed, stating: “We don’t know who you are.” He also said: “We don’t know your names. … We don’t know which countries you came from. We don’t know what you did for a living. We don’t have details of your families. But there is one thing that we do know: you were Jewish. And it is for that single reason that you were brutally murdered.”
The IWM confirmed that more than 1,000 members of Britain’s Jewish community and eminent personalities – such as James Brokenshire, the Secretary of State for Housing, Communities and Local Government, Cardinal Nichols, the Catholic Archbishop of Westminster, and Mark Regev, the Israeli Ambassador to London, – attended the service at the United Synagogue’s Bushey New Cemetery.
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