Holocaust Memorial Day

On this day: The liberation of Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

The largest of the Nazi concentration camps, Auschwitz and its sister camp Birkenau have become bywords for the unimaginable horror and evil of the Nazi genocide.

Located in Nazi-occupied Poland, estimates put the total number murdered there at 1.1 million – a tragic majority of the 1.3 million Jews and non-Jews the Nazis deported there and sent through the infamous gates adorned with the phrase "Arbeit Macht Frei" (Work Sets You Free).

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Google helps with Holocaust memorial project

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011

Yad Vashem and Google have joined forces to encourage more young people to learn about the Holocaust.

From today, the Jerusalem memorial museum’s vast photo archive can be viewed online and accessed easily through the search engine.

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European leader calls for 'zero-tolerance' for antisemitism

By Toby Axelrod, January 26, 2011

Europe should have "zero tolerance" for far-right parties that spew antisemitism, European Jewish Congress president Moshe Kantor said in a press conference here today, ahead of ceremonies marking Holocaust Remembrance Day.

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Missing pages: Muslim heroes of the Holocaust

By Katie Taylor, January 26, 2011

Photographs from an exhibition, now touring the UK, shedding light on the untold stories of Albanian Muslims who saved Jews from the Nazis.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2011

January 26, 2011
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Holocaust survivor Mala Tribich describes her suffering at London's City Hall as part of Holocaust Memorial Day 2011.

Filmed by Jennifer Lipman, edited by Chris Burton.

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Yad Vashem launch Iran site

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2011

Yad Vashem has begun broadcasting videos in Farsi.

The Israeli Holocaust memorial museum, which already has an Arabic YouTube channel, has launched the service in a bid to educate Iran’s population about the Nazis.

The videos will highlight the atrocities of the Second World War and the genocide of six million Jews to a population whose president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, has publicly questioned the Holocaust.

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Islamists cite Holocaust on genocide day

January 13, 2011

A leading Holocaust memorial group has criticised an event run by an Islamic organisation which compares the Shoah to Palestinian suffering.

The Islamic Human Rights Commission's Genocide Memorial Day is also due to hear from Ahron Cohen, leader of the anti-Zionist Neturei Karta sect, who has previously questioned the number of deaths in the Holocaust.

IHRC said the event would coincide with the second anniversary of the "genocidal acts in Gaza" during Israel's Operation Cast Lead.

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Political support for Holocaust Memorial Day

January 13, 2011

MSP Stewart Maxwell has lodged a motion in the Scottish Parliament to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, praising organisations and individuals involved in educational activity.

Mr Maxwell, who represents West of Scotland for the SNP, said it was vital "young people learn about the atrocities of the Holocaust to help understand the importance of standing up to senseless hatred and discrimination".

An East Renfrewshire event on January 31 will focus on the experiences of Hershl Sperling, a survivor who made his home in Scotland.

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Shoah day trust has new head

December 16, 2010

The chief executive of a national charity supporting vulnerable families is the new chair of trustees for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Cathy Ashley is CEO of the Family Rights Group and a former Lambeth councillor. She is also a founder member and vice-chair of the Parent Promoters' Foundation, which set up a non-selective comprehensive in Lambeth. Her family is involved in Edgware Reform Synagogue and some relatives died in Auschwitz.

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HMD grants escape coalition cuts

By Simon Rocker, May 27, 2010

Two grants made by the previous Labour government to mark Holocaust Memorial Day will escape a review of Whitehall spending ordered by the new Conservative-Liberal Democrat coalition.

In January, allocations of £100,000 each to the Wiener Library and the Jewish Museum in London were announced by the then Culture Minister, Margaret Hodge.

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