b'JEWISH CALENDAR COMPANIONconfidence to publicly bear witness. In the days of my childhood and youth, in the 1950s and 1970s, when the Shoah was so much closer and the abominations so fresh, the Holocaust was not a subject for public discourse. That era has long gone.In 2020 thanks to Roman Abramovich and Chelsea Football Club, the first event of remembrance I attended was at Stamford Bridge. A mural, reaching to the skies, of three different Jewish footballing lives cut horribly short by the Holocaust, was unveiled. Current players spoke from their hearts of the horrors of the Shoah and how eradicating anti-Semitism was a cause wholeheartedly embraced.Among all the speeches at the Auschwitz commemorations at Yad Yashem in January I found that by Prince Charles the most uplifting. His presence in Jerusalem where he recounted the memory of his own grandmother Princess Alice of Greeceremembered among the righteous of the nationswas emotive. As the heir to the throne and de facto inheritor of most of his mothers duties it spoke more to me than all the other heads of state together. The royal presence at Auschwitz and at the HMD event in central London underlined the real bond between the monarchy and the Jewish people.Shoah remembrance makes me feel maudlin. The sound of the memorial prayers El Maleh Rachamimwith the names of the death camps woven inand the memory of the lost lives in my own family is very vivid although I never knew them: my grandparents Sandor and Fanya who died at Auschwitz and my uncles Daniel, Joseph and Ignatz whose fate and that of their families is still unknown. Their memory makes me weep for a lost world.More real are the reminiscences of my fathers siblings who did survive. His brother Martin (who died in Israel) and two sisters Rosie and Sussie and a niece Shindy. Their spark (even in great illness) is a living rebuke to those who would diminish the death of six million. In the UK this year Yom Hashoah public ceremonies, scheduled for Brent, were moved on-line in the face of Covid-19. In some respects the doleful nature of the pandemic and the way it has so injured the Jewish community made the words of comfort and prayer even more poignant. The story of the rebirth and fulfilled lives of members of my own familyand of all the survivorsis an inspiration. It is the ultimate rebuke to those still seeking to hoist the flag of anti-Semitism.47'