The 85th anniversary of Kristallnacht was poignantly marked by an emotional event on, hosted by the Manchester University John Rylands Research Institute and Library when The Fed’s My Voice project presented the My Voice Book Collection to the library.


Guests, who included nine My Voice Storyteller Survivors, were welcomed by Library Director Professor Chris Pressler who expressed the sense of privilege felt by him and his team in accepting the collection.

Three My Voice Storytellers – Ike Alterman BEM, Marianne Phillips and Anne Super – read powerful and deeply moving extracts from their books.

Dr Toby Simpson, Director of The Wiener Holocaust Library also addressed the audience along with My Voice Project Manager, Juliette Pearce, and Raphi Bloom, The Fed’s Director of Fundraising, Marketing and Communications

Raphi observed how fitting it was that the books, encompassing the whole life stories of the storytellers, “who settled in Greater Manchester and the Northwest, and contributed hugely to making Manchester the great city it is, now have a permanent home in our city’s most prestigious library.”

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