Holocaust Memorial Day

Leeds holds a candle to Shoah survivors

By John Fisher, February 3, 2014

Leeds Town Hall was an apposite venue for the city’s major HMD commemoration, the building having suffered significant damage to its roof and walls in a Luftwaffe bombing raid in 1941.

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Museum pieces on Shoah are popular

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

A programme of commemorative events at Manchester’s Imperial War Museum North has proved a big draw.
Tickets were sold out for a talk by survivor Mala Tribich, who fell victim to typhus while interned at Bergen-Belsen.

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Kingston educates the young on Shoah

By Jay Grenby, February 3, 2014

Now in its eighth year, the Holocaust educational programme organised by the Kingston United and Liberal congregations will reach 1,100 school and university students.

And a much-missed contributor will be Kingston Liberal member Annemarie Seelig, who died recently, aged 91.
She regularly spoke about her pre-war life in Dresden and her escape to England with her mother and brother in 1938.

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Manchester united as King David remembers

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 3, 2014

Manchester King David High pupils were joined by local Muslim students for a special HMD assembly attended by MPs Ivan Lewis and John Leech and the Lord Mayor of Manchester, Councillor Naeem ul Hassan.

The Islamic High School for Girls and the Kassim Darwish Grammar were the other participants in the ceremony in which a sheikh and a rabbi offered separate prayers for peace.

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Shameful bigotry in Brighton

January 30, 2014

It is all very well the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation describing the appalling incident at Brighton’s Holocaust Memorial Day service as an “unfortunate misunderstanding” and saying that “no offence was intended”. But such PR waffle should fool no one. There was no misunderstanding.

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Holocaust day row leaves war veterans out in the rain

By Daniel Easterman, January 30, 2014

A clash between Orthodox and Reform in Brighton led to a rabbi being barred from a prayer hall at a Holocaust Memorial Day service.

War veterans and members of Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue were forced to hold their own ceremony standing outside in the rain.

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Ed Miliband and Eric Pickles address Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke movingly about the members of his family who lost their lives during the Holocaust, and the need to remain vigilant against antisemitism.

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Helena Bonham Carter to sit on David Cameron's Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and senior politicians Michael Gove and Ed Balls will sit on the new Holocaust Commission announced by David Cameron.

The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah.

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Shoah event at City Hall

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The harrowing experiences of a survivor who fled the Nazis as a child in Holland were recounted to a City Hall audience on Monday as the Greater London Assembly held its annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.

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Josef Perl tells his incredible story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Josef Perl lived a charmed life on his family’s sawmill in Veliky Bochov, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in the 1930s. The only son in an Orthodox family of nine children, his father Laser gifted him a trusted guard dog, Vondi, and a loyal horse, Shori, to escort him to and from school every day. “Me, the horse and dog were like one,” he recalls.

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