Auschwitz

Reading up daily for remembrance project

February 5, 2015

A United Synagogue/Yad Vashem educational and memorial programme marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was launched at St John's Wood Synagogue before an audience of 250.

Participants in "70 Days for 70 Years" will receive a book of essays by leading historians and scholars and information about a Holocaust victim in whose memory they will learn.

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Motion's words for Auschwitz

February 5, 2015

Contributors to a Westminster Abbey service commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago included Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who read a poem written for the occasion. "Light. Knock. Road. Engine. Rail. Truck. Cold. Night.

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To hell, and back

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

"I thought, maybe one day I will go into this crematorium and I will never have experienced a true love's kiss."

Standing metres from the place where her family was murdered, Auschwitz survivor Halina Birenbaum's voice trembled as she told those gathered about what went through her mind as a young girl at the death camp.

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Auschwitz memorial service: Queen shares message to survivors

By Rosa Doherty, January 27, 2015

World leaders joined 300 Auschwitz survivors at the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.

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Europe marks Holocaust Memorial Day as Steven Spielberg warns of growing antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

Steven Spielberg has led Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, warning of growing antisemitism in Europe.

Speaking to Holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, ahead of an official service at the concentration camp, he said there were renewed attempts to “banish” Jews from the continent.

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Tourists threaten Auschwitz future

By Isabel De Bertodano, January 22, 2015

These days a trip to Auschwitz is not so much a pilgrimage as an essential part of any tourist itinerary.

Travel companies offer the visit as part of a day-trip from Krakow, followed by a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Advertisers are cashing in on the record numbers of visitors, erecting hoardings on the approach to it.

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George Osborne launches Holocaust commemoration medal

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

The medal – commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – was presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.

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Nick Clegg promises to protect Holocaust education funding

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2015

Holocaust education funding will be protected for the next five years if the Liberal Democrats return to government after the election, Nick Clegg has promised.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the £9 million budget for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme would continue to 2020.

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Speaking with conviction

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

Inside a 19th-century chapel, flanked by high-security walls, sat row upon row of hardened criminals.

Ninety of them, clad in regulation grey track-suits, waited for the most unlikely of guests to a high-security prison - an 85-year-old, 5ft 2in woman dressed daintily in cardigan, trouser-suit and shoulder-bag.

For the next two hours, the Wormwood Scrubs inmates sat tall, hands clasped often

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Poles knight Auschwitz rabbi

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

A rabbi who has led more than 150 study missions to Auschwitz has received a Polish knighthood for his services to Holocaust education and dialogue between Jews and Poles.

Rabbi Barry Marcus was presented with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit by the Polish Ambassador, Witold Sobkow, in London.

Since taking his first group nearly 20 years ago, he has accompanied more than 25,000 stude

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