Another important visitor to Northern Ireland addresses hundreds of people across the Province.
Over 400 people attended events at several locations, (including the Belfast Synagogue), organised
by the Irish branch of the International Christian Embassy Jerusalem. The guest speaker was Susanna Kokkonen, Director of Christian Friends of Yad Vashem (the Holocaust Memorial institute in Jerusalem).
Susanna, Finnish born, is a Holocaust scholar, who has a doctorate in contemporary Jewish history from the Hebrew University.
Susanna spoke on the root causes of anti-Semitism which led up to the
Holocaust. She explained how the silence of the
Bystanders contributed to the suffering of the Jewish people during the Nazi era. After each
meeting there was a very good response as people signed up to be Christian
Friends of Yad Vashem .
Susanna’s speaking tour took in a talk to 40 sixth form pupils at Wellington College.