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Mayor supports play

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2005-05-11

London Mayor at play

Ken Livingstone at play

The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone and party political leaders including Prime Minister Tony Blair have shown their support to a play about the Holocaust which was performed at City Hall as part of remembering VE day week to an audience of schoolchildren and adults.

The play, And then they came for me - remembering the world of Anne Frank is written by American playright James Still and was performed by a young drama group from Jersey and produced by the Blue Sky Club.

Eva Schloss, an Auschwitz survivor and step sister to Anne Frank was also at the play.
 
"This poignant theatrical production is a powerful reminder of what can happen when a society tolerates or legitimises anti-semitism, or any other form of racism." said Mayor of London Ken Livingstone. "As we approach the 60th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, this and similar work has an important role to play in ensuring that the Holocaust is never forgotten nor repeated."

"In keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive we remember the importance of working together for a better future for our shared world," said Prime Minister Tony Blair.

"The events of the Holocaust viewed through the eyes of Anne Frank are a unique and damming testament to the dreadful atrocities of that period of our history," said Lib Dem leader Charles Kennedy.

Following the London production, the Blue Sky Club plans to take it across Europe.

"Our aim is to show what can happen when we walk on by and do nothing when we see irrational hatred towards our fellow citizens," said a Blue sky Club spokesman. "If the play's message can save just one hate fuelled death then every effort to make this come to pass will have been worthwhile."