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City of Cambridge Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust



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Brian Corr


The City of Cambridge’s Annual Commemoration of the Holocaust will take place on Wednesday, May 18 at 6:30 PM via a Zoom Webinar.  Image of lit candles

Recalling all who perished during the Holocaust, this year’s virtual program features music, greetings, and remarks from Eva Paddock, who survived the Holocaust by being sent on the "Kindertransport" from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia to London at the age of 3. 

Eva Paddock was born in Czechoslovakia in 1935. Her mother was a physician and her father worked as a newspaper editor and political activist. In July 1939 Eva and her sister Milena were sent to safety in England on the last Kindertransport train to leave Prague. The Czech kindertransports were masterminded and organized by Nicholas Winton, a young British banker. Through the interventions of dedicated individuals, politicians and private philanthropists, seven trains carrying 669 Jewish children were allowed to leave for Britain. Some children were taken into British foster homes, others lived in hostels, and boarding schools. 

Eva is one of the fortunate children whose parents both escaped the Nazi invasion and the family was reunited in 1940. Eva grew up in England and married an English architect in 1955. They came to live in Cambridge in 1965. She has had multiple careers in education, teaching at all levels from early childhood to graduate school and serving as a school principal for ten years. Upon retirement Eva went back to school and retrained as a mental health worker returning to work as a group therapist at the Schiff Day Treatment program in Central Square.

This annual commemoration is free and open to all, and will also feature remarks by Mayor Sumbul Siddiqui and music performed by cellist Alan Toda-Ambaras of Eureka Ensemble.

To view the event, please register here: https://cambridgema.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_DTS1fEwCQpS6mKUQto4iDA

For more information regarding Zoom technology visit: https://www.cambridgema.gov/Departments/citycouncil/zoomonlinemeetinginstructions

Page was posted on 4/26/2022 11:42 AM
Page was last modified on 7/25/2023 3:21 AM
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