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Remembering 7/7 victims

by: Leslie Bunder - Last updated: 2006-07-07

Miriam Hyman

Miriam Hyman

Jewish victims of London's 7/7 terrorism attack have been remembered through a series of events that have marked the first anniversary of the bombings in which 52 people died and hundreds were injured.

Miriam Hyman, 32, a picture editor was killed on the number 30 bus which was blown up in Tavistock Square was remembered at a friends and family gathering at Golders Hill Park in north west London.

A memorial fund set up by her family, mother Mavis, father John and sister Esther has raised £42,000 with proceeds going to support the work blindness prevention charity ORBIS UK. Money was raised through a series of events as well as through sales of greeting cards showing her creative work. A book of her work featuring 107 illustrations has also been published and an exhibtion as part of the launch is on at City Hall in London until July 12th.

"We are grateful and appreciative of the opportunity to have Miriam’s paintings shown in a fine and central venue, over a period which includes the first anniversary of the bombings," said Mavis Hyman.

London Mayor Ken Livingstone commented: "Miriam's vibrant and life-affirming paintings are testimony to her undoubted talent and much spoken of generous spirit and it is fitting that they should be displayed in City Hall."

Another victim of the bus bombing was 39-year-old Israeli Anat Rosenberg. Her boyfriend, John Falding said of the charity worker: "It's so hard to take in what happened; so hard to take in that Anat was involved in it," he said. "I think of the things we would have done, of all the things I would have told her. It's impossible to think it has been a year. The time has flown by in a haze."

A victim of the Piccadilly Line train bombing at King's Cross was mother-of-two Susan Levy, 53, from Cuffley in Hertfordshire.

As well as private events remembering the victims, synagogues across London and the UK have said special prayers as part of Friday night and Saturday morning shabbos services.

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