Holocaust Memorial Day

The seeds of hope borne by the New Year for Trees

By Rabbi Neil Janes, January 24, 2013

This year Tu Bishvat, the New Year for Trees, Shevat 15, falls just one day before Holocaust Memorial Day. 
There is a famous story in the Talmud about the sage Honi in which he asks why a certain man is planting carob trees because he will not see them mature and bear fruit. The man reminds us that we do not plant trees for ourselves, but for our descendants perhaps 70 years later.


Cameron: Learn lessons of the Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, January 24, 2013

Penning his contribution to the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment against prejudice and racism on Monday, David Cameron warmly recalled how he had originally become aware of the HET’s activities.


Shining a light for tolerance as racism is tackled at Upton Park

By Zoe Winograd, January 24, 2013

Six candles were lit for Holocaust victims before the West Ham v QPR Premier League game at Upton Park at the weekend.

Survivor Zigi Shipper and West Ham legend and FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking were among the participants in the ceremony at the club, whose supporters allegedly made racist and antisemitic chants during the game at Tottenham in November.


Glasgow puts testimony online

By Zoe Winograd, January 24, 2013

Testimonies of Scottish-based Holocaust survivors have been collated online.

Glasgow Caledonian University academic Angela Shapiro, 56, and her husband David launched the Gathering the Voices website at the suggestion of Mr Shapiro’s mother Gretl, a Shoah survivor.

“She wanted to be remembered as a productive member of society and not just a victim,” Mrs Shapiro said.


Remember: HMD is more than a day

By Olivia Marks-Woldman, January 24, 2013

This coming Sunday is Holocaust Memorial Day. We in the Jewish community know the details of the Holocaust all too well, and dedicate a day in our calendar to mourn the loss of six million lives, and the damage and destruction to millions more: Yom HaShoah.


Barnet marks Holocaust Memorial Day

By Zoe Winograd, January 22, 2013

Sixth - former Ishbel Theker spoke about her visit to Auschwitz as part of Barnet Council's Holocaust Memorial Day service , held at Middlesex University .

Another speaker was Pro-Vice Chancellor Myra Perry , who told the story of her Jewish grandmother , who came to London from Eastern Europe in the 1900s.


Lee Jasper: 'Israel is racist oppressor'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 22, 2013

Respect Party politician Lee Jasper has used the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day to mount an attack on Israel as a "racist oppressor".

Mr Jasper, a former equalities adviser to Ken Livingstone and an activist on race relations issues, made the comments about Israel and the Holocaust on his Facebook page.


Church liturgy for Shoah day

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

The Council of Christians and Jews has produced a liturgy for churches to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

CCJ project manager the Reverend Patrick Morrow compiled the resource which includes, he said, a “set reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a psalm, an epistle and a Gospel reading, with at least one commentary on each”.


European Parliament to officially commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Parliament is to hold an official ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time.

In a letter sent to Rabbi Avi Tawil, President of the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC), the European Parliament President Martin Schulz officially adopted the remembrance day as part of its ceremonies, the EJCC has said.


Survivors featured in Channel 4 documentary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

A documentary looking at the lives of Holocaust survivors is to be broadcast on Channel 4 later this month.

Award-winning filmmaker Daisy Asquith recorded more than 40 hours of testimony after meeting 100 members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre.