Holocaust Memorial Day

HMD gets a big turnout

March 10, 2016

The final tally of Holocaust Memorial Day events around the UK was 5,590, a 55 per cent increase on the 2015 total of 3,600.

Announcing the figures, the HMD Trust said they showed "how commemoration of HMD is becoming more embedded in the life of communities".


Sturgeon supporting HET's lesson

February 4, 2016

The Scottish Government has announced renewed £280,000 funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project for students.

It will support the continuation of a programme enabling post-16 pupils from every Scottish school and college to join a one-day visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau, attend seminars and hear testimony from survivors.


Survivor inspires the Scots

February 4, 2016

New Yorker Inge Auerbacher brought a story of tragedy and hope to Scotland for a series of HMD events.

Ms Auerbacher was the last Jew born in Kippenheim, a German village at the foot of the Black Forest, close to the French and Swiss borders. Her father received an Iron Cross for his German military service in the First World War.


Alex Salmond criticised after describing Israel's condemnation of Iran as 'inappropriate'

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2016

Former Scottish National Party leader Alex Salmond has been criticised after he said it was “inappropriate” for an Israeli official to condemn Iran during a Holocaust Memorial Day event.

Mr Salmond’s comments came on the same day that Iran’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, had marked last week’s memorial day by denying the Shoah.


Holocaust Memorial Day: Who will teach them when we are gone?

By Nadine Wojakovski, January 29, 2016

The old lady sat down, the three books she had written neatly piled up on the table in front of her. The years five and six pupils of Naima JPS primary school filed in quietly, taking their seats on the chairs and floor. They looked on expectantly and waited for Eva Schloss - famously known as Anne Frank's stepsister - to start her talk.


History shows why we need a Human Rights Act

By Dominic Grieve, January 28, 2016

The government will shortly announce a public consultation on its plans to repeal the Human Rights Act and replace it with a British Bill of Rights. This may seem like dry semantics, of interest only to legal and constitutional techies, but nothing could be further from the truth.


In pictures: Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

January 28, 2016

Photo credit: Geoff Addison



Winton’s son reflects on legacy of Kindertransport arrivals

By John Fisher, January 28, 2016

Sir Nicholas Winton's son, Nick, told the 300 guests at an HMD cere-mony at Leeds Town Hall on Sunday that his late father was "a good example of the flow of life.


Survivor is saddened by refugee crisis response

By Josh Jackman, January 28, 2016

Rudi Oppenheimer, who spent 15 months in Bergen-Belsen, has warned teenagers that the world "has not learned a thing yet" about the importance of offering a home to endangered refugees.

The testimony of Mr Oppenheimer to pupils of Pimlico Academy in Westminster was live-streamed to more than 200 schools on Wednesday morning.


‘Looking back, it’s impossible to believe what happened’

By Josh Jackman, January 28, 2016

Joan Salter's message to young people is that "even in the most terrible times, there were still individuals willing to stand up and say it [the Shoah] was wrong. When your life is in danger, it's hard to be the first one to stand up. We must not underestimate the courage that's needed."