Holocaust Memorial Day

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.


Terezin, a nightmare where the music played on

By Orlando Radice, January 29, 2015

Under low-slung clouds, the voices of Moscow's Male Jewish Choir rung out across the western ghetto of Terezin.

A coronet that had not been played at the camp since the war came to melancholic life in the hands of a member of a clarinet trio.

Children performed part of Brundibar, an opera that premiered in 1944 in a building metres away.


Charles: we must honour Shoah victims

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

The Prince of Wales has described the Holocaust as "not just a Jewish tragedy, but a warning to all of us".

Addressing survivors and leading political and religious figures at the UK's national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday, the prince said the Shoah was "an unparalleled tragedy and an act of evil unique in history.


Scotland ponders the results of intolerance

By Adam Henderson, January 29, 2015

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a commemorative event in Ayr that "if we understand the very worst consequences of intolerance and prejudice, we are less likely to accept them in today's society.

"Remembering the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides, is an honour we owe to the victims.


'We were told to collect wood to burn bodies'

January 29, 2015

Catholic school pupils listened in astonishment as a survivor of Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Belsen recalled how her sister was made to dig her own grave before Nazi guards shot her dead.

Gina Turgel was addressing an HMD commemoration at La Sainte Union in Camden, having accompanied Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who spoke about the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.


'We were completely dehumanised'

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Shaking with emotion, a 91-year-old great-grandmother recalled her time in Auschwitz to an audience of London civic leaders on Monday.

Freda Wineman - whose parents and brother died in the camp - said that "in no time we were completely dehumanised.


Educators share lessons

By Barry Toberman, January 29, 2015

Six survivors and child refugees shared their experiences of educating about the Holocaust when they addressed the final HMD event at the London Jewish Cultural Centre before LJCC's merger with JW3.


Israel gets a mention after ban

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

There were many references to Israel at the Irish national HMD ceremony in Dublin, despite a pre-event instruction by the Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland that there should be no mention of the Jewish state.

Last year, the trust imposed a ban on its mention, which long-standing host Yanky Fachler reluctantly accepted.


Pupils' cemetery service

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Thirty east London pupils from a variety of faiths visited Britain's oldest Ashkenazi cemetery on Tuesday to remember Holocaust victims.

History students at Morpeth School lit candles and listened to readings of survivor testimony during the cere-mony at Alderney Road.

Two Morpeth sixth-formers who travelled to Auschwitz last year with the Holocaust Educational Trust spoke about their visit.


Museum films for future generations

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Responding to the HMD theme of keeping the memory alive, the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire has begun 3D filming the testimony of survivors.