Holocaust Memorial Day

York slashes Holocaust day contribution

By Jessica Elgot, March 4, 2011

York Council has approved an 80 per cent reduction in its Holocaust Memorial Day budget, leaving just £1,000 to spend on the 2012 commemoration.

However, leader of the LibDem council Andrew Waller said money would be released from the Lord Mayor's budget to make up the deficit.


York proposes HMD cut

By Jessica Elgot, February 18, 2011

York council could slash its budget for Holocaust Memorial Day by 80 per cent if a planned cutback is passed.

HMD is normally marked with a candlelit vigilat Clifford's Tower, where 150 Jews were massacred in 1190.

The Lord Mayor, Jewish community leaders and councillors held a memorial event this year at Merchant Adventurer's Hall, where two survivors spoke about their experiences.


Councillor refused to sign Holocaust Memorial Day book

February 4, 2011

● Because Jews use the Holocaust as propaganda

● Because Zionism's like the Final Solution

● Because it's a recipe for more mass murder

●...but some of his best friends are, yes, Jewish


School row on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Robyn Rosen, February 4, 2011

A church minister allegedly used an address at a Holocaust Memorial Day assembly at a Scottish school to accuse Israel of its own Holocaust.

Reverend David Smith, minister of the Kirk of the Holy Rood in Grangemouth, Falkirk, made the comments after he lit a memorial candle at the assembly at Grangemouth High School last Thursday.


Edinburgh welcomes archive

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

The archives of a Hungarian survivor who became a prominent member of the Scottish community have been donated to Edinburgh City Libraries.

Ernest Levy's substantial collection contains manuscripts, pictures, sheet music, recordings and memoirs. Efforts have begun to secure a location and digitise the archive so it can be made available to the public.

Liz McGettigan, head of Edinburgh Council's Libraries and Information Services, was a friend of Mr Levy, who died in 2009, aged 84.


Alex Salmond lauds 'extraordinary' Scots ceremony

By Stephanie Brickman, February 4, 2011

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond was a speaker at what he termed an "extraordinary" HMD ceremony at Craigroyston Community High School, north Edinburgh.

Mr Salmond was among the 250 people who heard Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp tell the story of his remarkable escape from the Nazis. Then a baby, he was delivered in a suitcase to a German couple near Arnhem, in Holland. They risked their lives to shelter him and another Jewish child until the liberation in 1945.


Envoy accepts award for Albanian help

February 3, 2011

An award recognising religious strength has been presented to the Albanian ambassador in thanks to the Albanians who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

At a London Jewish Cultural Centre reception at Ivy House, the envoy, Zef Mazi, received an interfaith gold medallion from the Three Faiths Forum.


Holocaust survivor kept her jewels hidden

February 3, 2011

Lily Ebert, 80, claims to be the only Auschwitz survivor to have left with her jewellery.

Born in Hungary, she was sent to a ghetto with her mother and siblings. "My brother took my mother's jewellery, a diamond ring and my pendant, and put it in the heel of my mother's shoe. He was then taken away to a forced labour camp.

"From the ghetto, we were taken in cattle trucks - five terrible days with little food or water. You could not sleep or move. On the last day my mother said to me: 'Maybe we should swap shoes.'"


Eric Pickles pledges £1.5m funding for HMD

By Jessica Elgot, February 3, 2011

The government will fund at least two more years of Holocaust Memorial Day activity with a £1.5 million grant but wants to make the organisers less dependent on state support.

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles announced the continuation of funding at the national HMD event last Thursday at the Royal Horticultural Society halls in London.

The department will work with the HMD Trust over the next two years to ensure that its business model is less reliant on government funding.


Muslim leader urges tolerance on Auschwitz visit

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2011

A senior British Muslim leader has called on Muslims to support Jews in the fight against prejudice while on a multifaith visit to Auschwitz.

More than 150 Christian, Muslim and Jewish dignitaries from around the world, including Jordan, Turkey and Iraq went on the visit, organised to follow last week’s international Holocaust Memorial Day. Prayers were read in both Arabic and English.