League Update 26

5th November 2020

LJW Update – No. 26

This week’s League Update starts with the fantastic news that the daughter of Ella Mark’s (Executive and Past President), Olivia Marks-Woldman, has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honour List, which was delayed from June because of the coronavirus. Olivia is the Chief Executive of Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Olivia is quoted in the Jewish News saying that her OBE was “possible only because of the amazing HMDT staff team and wise counsel from our trustees, and the support and guidance from Holocaust and genocide survivors themselves”. She has guided and enabled the HRDT to increase their presence around the country, inspiring people from all backgrounds to learn more about the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Those of you who attended last year’s Human Rights Day Seminar, would have heard Olivia talk about the importance of remembering and reinforcing the horrors of “ethnic cleansing”.

Congratulations to Olivia and her family and especially to Ella.


The Book Club idea has been greeted with enthusiasm from several members and we will arrange the first meeting to set the rules and pick the first book. Information about the Zoom meeting will be in next week’s newsletter. Thereafter, the date and time of the next meeting, and the title of the book which has been selected, will be shown in future newsletters.

You don’t have to make a commitment. You can join in whenever you want.
If the group are reading a book that you have read and would like to discuss, then just attend that meeting.

Valery Rees has suggestion two book –
A Gentleman in Moscow by Amore Towles – On 21 June 1922 Count Alexander Rostov is escorted out of the Kremlin, across Red Square and led to an attic room with a window the size of a chessboard. With the assistance of a glamorous actress, a cantankerous chef and a very serious child, Rostov unexpectedly discovers a new understanding of both pleasure and purpose.

All the Light we Cannot See by Antony Doerr – A beautiful, stunningly ambitious novel about a blind French girl and a German boy whose paths collide in occupied France as both try to survive the devastation of World War II.

Does anyone have an outlet for Twiddlemuffs? Jackie Baines has quite a lot of them but without buttons and baubles. Many members have knitted the muffs and sent them to the office to be completed but, since lockdown, the meeting of the group of members, who came to the office to sew on the additional decorations, has stopped.

If you are still knitting the Twiddlemuffs to send to the office, please stop. If you are knitting Twiddlemuffs and sending them directly to dementia patients, then please carry on.


Please note that, until further notice, emails will only be dealt with on Tuesday and Thursdays.

Please all be just that little more careful to stay safe.

16th October 2020