by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-01-27
Over 100 people attended a special memorial event involving music at the Hungarian Embassy in London to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.
Spiro Ark founder Nitza Spiro along with Hungarian Ambassador Bela Szombati and Israeli Ambassador Zvi Heifetz addressed those attending which included other ambassadors as well as politicians including former Conservative leader Michael Howard.
Ambassador Szombati led a moving tribute to Hungary's Jewish community by reflecting on the paintings of Moshe Galili, who as a child survived Nazi occupation of Hungary.
The Ambassador reflected on the lack of help and support his country showed towards the more than 500,000 Jews who were deported to their death and reminded those attending this was a shameful chapter in the country's history.
A need for respect and understanding of people from different backgrounds is something that all should aim, was a theme the Ambassador concluded on.