Adash Bulwa

One of "The Boys" who survived forced labour, concentration camps and death marches to build a legacy in Manchester.

2014 Annual Reunion

The 2014 Annual Reunion was held on Sunday 4th May at the Holiday Inn, Carburton Street, London

It was a hugely successful evening.’ ‘

Annual Reunion 2012

The 67th Annual Reunion of the 45 Aid Society took place on Sunday 6th May 2012. Over 230 people attended the event which included Lord Greville Janner among the guests.

Following the Reception, guests were treated to the showing of a new short film charting the story of the Boys. The film, a tribute to The Boys by the Second Generaton, has recently been updated by Maurice Helfgott and further developed with new material from new sources and with information from recent projects.

[button href=”http://vimeo.com/42193290″] View film tribute to The Boys as shown at 2012 Reunion[/button]

Ben Helfgott MBE, Chair of the 45 Aid Society, who has recently been awarded an honorary doctorate, opened the speeches. Ben presented Lord Janner with a leatherbound copy of Martin Gilbert’s ‘The Boys’, signed by many of the Boys present and their families.

Following on from Lord Janner, Mark Perl spoke on behalf of the Second Generation. Mark has recently worked with the Holocaust Education Trust to develop his father’s story to tell in schools. He spoke movingly about schoolchildren’s responses to his story and highlighted the importance of personalising the events of the Holocaust to bring it home to future generations as numbers of survivors diminish.

The evening’s speeches were concluded by Mr Vivian Wineman, Chair of the Board of Deputies of British Jews.

The evening was a tremendous success and an opportunity for friends and families to meet.

This year’s 45 Aid Journal will be available do download from the website shortly, along with photos of the evening.” ”

LJCC lectures

During March, there are 5 lectures being given at the London Jewish Cultural Centre (LJCC). These unique events will be of real interest to many of us and the details are as follows:

7th March: “Polish & Jewish Relations During World War II” – Professor Anthony Polonski 12th March: The annual Leonard G. Montefiore lecture entitled “1942, 70 years later” – William Tyler [NOTE: This lecture starts at 7:45 pm].

14th March: “Polish & Jewish Relations Since World War II” – Professor Anthony Polonski

21st March: “Polish & Jewish Relations A Personal Perspective” Ben Helfgott

28th March: “Polish & Jewish Relations Into The 21st Century” Kate Gerrard

Each of the above lectures is due to start at 7:30 pm and are likely to finish approximately around 9:00 pm to 9:30 pm, with the exception of the Montefiore lecture as noted above.

The address of the LJCC is as follows: London Jewish Cultural Centre 94-96 North End Road London, NW11 7SX Tel: 020 8457 5000 The normal entrance fee for these lectures is £15 BUT for members of the ’45 Aid Society will only have to pay £5.” ”

67th Annual Reunion Dinner

The ’45 Aid Society Annual Dinner will be held on Sunday 6th May 2012 at the same venue as last year, the Holiday Inn, Carburton Street (near Regent’s Park), London W1W 5EE.  There will be entertainment and a guest speaker.  The ticket price for the event is at the same level of £50 per head.  For those wishing to obtain tickets email Ros Gelbart.’ ‘

International Tracing Service

The ITS (International Tracing Service) has recently allowed access to over 50m documents from the war which were previously unavailable. The HSVRC is currently catalogueing and documenting them with the hope that eventually they will be available to be searched on the internet. ntil this service is fully available, they are providing specific assistance in searching for holocaust victims by surviving relatives. You can fill in a form on line as follows:

To submit research requests of the type you describe below, please visit the Research Request page at http://itsrequest.ushmm.org/its/getting_started.php.  There is no fee for this service.

This is a fantastic new service available to all 2nd Gen as a direct descendant of a holocaust survivor.’ ‘

New North London Synagogue

oman Halter together with his daughter Aviva have designed, made and installed two stained-glass windows in the newly built New North Londn Synagogue.  On Satuday 28th May at 9.30am Rabbi Jonathan Wittenberg will conduct a special service where he will speak about the newly built synagogue and Roman and Aviva will speak about the two stained glass windows.  1st, 2nd and 3rd generation are all invited.. Please confirm by the end of March 2011.’ ‘

Reunion 2011

The’ 45 Aid Society’ together with the 2nd Generation Committee held their annual reunion dinner on Sunday 8th May 2011. It was was a huge success.

Photos of the event click here: Photo Album – Reunion – 8 May 2001

The evening was attended by 260 people made up of survivors, second and third generation and other friends and family.  The room looked beautiful and the food was delicious.

The loyal toasts of the evening were made by 2nd Generation members, Angela Cohen and Alan Greenberg.

The speeches were opened by the president of the Society, Mr Ben Helfgott followed by the British Ambassador to Israel, Mr Matthew Gould.  A member of the 2nd Generation, Mr Colin Lester, made a very memorable speech (to read his speech To read the speech, please download the 45 Society reunion speech 2011). The President of the Board of Deputies Mr Vivian Wineman was the final speaker.

The evening, which was filled with much warmth and love, was concluded by a yiddish sing song led by singer, Gwendolen Burton.’ ‘