200 people packed Richmond Synagogue to capacity on 29thJanuary for the annual Civic service, to hear the experiences of 92 year old Manfred Goldberg who was sent to Riga Ghetto when he was 11 and later to Stutthof concentration camp and survived a death march before liberation in 1945. The audience, including the Mayor, two MPs, Deputy Lieutenant and many Councillors gave him a spontaneous standing ovation. Oi Va Voi played songs of the Holocaust, teenagers read Holocaust poetry and a visibly moved Mayor spoke about this event and the Synagogue’s Holocaust Education week for 13/14 year olds, which she attended. “We play an active role in the wider community and the annual Civic event, unique in London and our education week are much valued by the Council,” said Malcolm Levi, Chair of Richmond Synagogue.