Holocaust Memorial Day

Do we need a number to remember?

By Angela Epstein, June 22, 2015

Last night, I watched a recording of Manchester's recent communities-wide Yom Hashoah memorial presentation. As a member of the organising committee, I wanted to remind myself of what had been an astonishing event.

There were many reasons for this - not least the speakers who included Holocaust survivors and their families as well as veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby.


'Don't stand by' is next HMD theme

April 20, 2015

A Woman rescued as a child from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia by Sir Nicholas Winton was among speakers at the Manchester launch of the theme for next year’s Holocaust Memorial Day, Don’t Stand By.

Lady Milena Grenfell-Baines said that the title encapsulated the efforts of people like Sir Nicholas, who did not stand by but took action.


Sky apologises over Chief Rabbi interview

By Josh Jackman, February 5, 2015

Sky News has apologised for showing images of the Gaza conflict during a Holocaust Memorial Day interview with Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis.

Peter Lowe, Sky News’ managing editor, was responding to viewer Jacqui Rudolph, who complained about presenter Adam Boulton’s questioning on whether Israel provokes antisemitism.


HMD's shameful untold story

By Geoffrey Alderman, February 5, 2015

My views on the subject of Holocaust Memorial Day are well known. We Jews do not need HMD to remind us just how close the Nazis came to wiping out the Jewish people. HMD has also (as I once predicted) been skilfully if spitefully manipulated by multifarious enemies of the Jewish people for their own anti-Jewish ends.


Shuls unite to educate

February 5, 2015

Harrow and Hertfordshire synagogues have begun hosting almost 3,000 pupils from 48 schools as part of Northwood's annual Holocaust Memorial Day programme.

Educational workshops with survivors are being hosted by the Northwood, Belmont, Borehamwood and Elstree, Bushey and Watford US communities, as well as by Northwood and Pinner Liberal.


Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

January 29, 2015
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They will never be silent

By Barry Langford, January 29, 2015

The recent atrocities in Paris – the shocking yet all-too-familiar sight of European Jews murdered, yet again, simply for being Jews – made this year's Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies even more poignant and sombre. And alongside the spectre of old hatreds clothed in new ideologies walk others, less lurid but more inexorable: time itself, and its companion, silence.


Legacy that will be in safe hands for generations

By Karen Pollock, January 29, 2015

On Tuesday this week, thousands gathered in the freezing snow at Auschwitz, to commemorate one of the darkest anniversaries in our history.


The ones that fought back

By Maryana Greenberg, January 29, 2015

For decades the history of our people in the Second World War has only focused on the tragic losses of the lives of million of our ancestors.

The Holocaust is an ever-present part of our collective past; but one aspect that is often neglected in society and even our own reflections on the events of the Second World War is the role that Jewish soldiers played in fighting against the Nazi regime.


Holocaust Commission measures - they're the right thing to do

January 29, 2015

In a normal week the announcement of a new national Holocaust memorial, a £50million spending commitment and a raft of measures aimed at extending Shoah education would have been huge news.