Holocaust Memorial Day

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.

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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.

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'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.

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'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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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'We can stop prejudice,' Cooper tells the HET

January 29, 2015

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper spoke passionately about the importance of Shoah education, particularly in light of rising antisemitism in Europe, at a Holocaust Educational Trust event in Westminster.

Introducing the HET's annual Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture, she said that in the words of the trust, "when we understand where prejudice leads, we can stop it in its tracks.

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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.

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We'll never let the Shoah be forgotten

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

One theme of Holocaust Memorial Day has been how the Shoah will be remembered as the number of survivors dwindles.

One group of dedicated young people are working hard to ensure new generations will know what happened to Europe's Jews under the Nazis.

They are the Holocaust Educational Trust's 65 regional ambassadors across Britain - most of them not Jewish - who teach their fellow students,

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