Holocaust Memorial Day

I thought for a long time about how Tales of Jewish Sudan could honour Holocaust Memorial Day. I wanted to mark the occasion in some way and yet I am acutely aware that, mercifully, the Jews of Sudan emerged unscathed from the War. 

It was then that I remembered the writings of Rabbi Malka, which appeared in the Jewish weekly paper of Cairo, 'Al-Shams'.* Between 1943 and 1945 Rabbi Malka returns again and again to the atrocities that were being committed in Europe. His writing moves from despair and anger to a reluctant acceptance that these horrors must be God’s will. He knows he is powerless to help his fellow Jews in Europe, and he also knows that if Axis forces are victorious then he too will be in danger. 

Below are some extracts from these writings.

Rabbi Elbaz

Rabbi Elbaz

The following is an extract from an interview with Shalom and Rachel.  I could have made several posts out of this fantastic interview, focusing on Shalom’s energetic and often quite hysterical retelling's of his time in School and University studying to be a Doctor, or Rachel’s equally charismatic stories of her teenage years hanging out with friends in the Club and at school.  Instead, I have decided to focus on Rachel’s memories of her father, the late Rabbi Elbaz who served the community from 1956 to 1965 and who, by all accounts, was a wonderful man and Rabbi.

Purim - A Selection Of Photographs

Purim - A Selection Of Photographs

Purim, by all accounts, was ‘beautiful, the best feast, the biggest party’ as a child (and, it seems, as an adult!) in Sudan.  I spent the most part of a day searching for stories about Purim, but aside from a lot of statements about how fun it was, I found I couldn't find much to share at all.  At least I know what I’ll be questioning people about next! 

What I do have, however, are photos of the annual Purim fancy dress party, held at the Jewish Recreational Club. 

If you have any stories you would like to share about Purim, please comment below, send me an email or write on the Facebook page!