The Ball

The Buchenwald Ball

The Buchenwald Boys, who found their various ways to Melbourne, have developed a unique social group, bound by their shared sense of identity, understanding and values. The “Buchenwald Ball” has become symbolic of this group.

Since the early anniversaries of the day of their liberation from Buchenwald, the Melbourne Buchenwald Boys have grieved together and celebrated together. Every year, on 11 April, they continue to say Kaddish, the mourner’s prayer, for their murdered parents and siblings, while raising a glass of whisky to wish one another L’chaim! To life!

And with life as their constant focus, they dance! They dance so that we will not forget.

Friends for life

Commemoration and celebration – "The Buchenwald Ball"

L'chaim! To life!
L'chaim! To life!
Dance! Melbourne Buchenwald Boy Yossl Baker dancing at the launch of The Fiftieth Gate, the story of his survival – a book written by his son, Mark Raphael Baker, 1997
Dance! Melbourne Buchenwald Boy Yossl Baker dancing at the launch of The Fiftieth Gate, the story of his survival – a book written by his son, Mark Raphael Baker, 1997

The Boys dancing at the 70th anniversary of their liberation, with second and third generations looking on, 2015. Courtesy Andrew Harris.
The Boys dancing at the 70th anniversary of their liberation, with second and third generations looking on, 2015. Courtesy Andrew Harris.
Buchenwald Boys at Ball in 2015.
Buchenwald Boys at Ball in 2015. Courtesy Andrew Harris.