On the back wall of the Cardiff Reform Synagogue, lit by a light that is never extinguished, is a Memorial Tablet erected in memory of the relatives of synagogue members who were murdered in the Holocaust and whose graves are unknown: It contains 102 names. Discussions about the creation of the Tablet began in 1952, and members of the Congregation who wanted to have the names of their relatives inscribed on the Tablet, were asked to complete a questionnaire, providing the name(s) of the deceased, how they were related to the CRS member, their former town of residence, and approximate age. At this time 54 names were put forward for inscription. The Memorial Tablet was completed in April 1954 and installed in the Synagogue. The consecration service for the unveiling of the Tablet took place on 3 October 1954. In 1999, the Tablet was renovated and enquiries made as to whether further names should be added. A list of additional 48 names was compiled; refurbishment was carried out by W. Clarke, who had originally made the Tablet. The work was completed by October 2000.
As the Reform Congregation dwindled the connections to these people fell away; the memories of who they were and how they lived and died faded. JHASW/CHIDC decided to research and create narratives for all those listed on the Tablet, so that when even the last physical link had broken, their stories would go on.
If you click on any of the names below, you will be taken to their story.
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