Holocaust Memorial Day

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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French cemetary vanadalised by neo-Nazis

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2010

Dozens of Jewish graves were found desecrated in a French cemetery on Holocaust Memorial Day.

At least 30 headstones in Strasbourg were daubed with antisemitic graffiti. Swastikas were painted on 18 graves, and 13 were overturned. The phrase “Juden Raus” [Jews Out] was written on one grave.

The umbrella group Conseil Représentatif des Institutions Juives de France (CRIF), which represents the French Jewish community and tackles antisemitism, said it was not clear whether the incident was linked to the memorial day.

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The last survivors return to Auschwitz

By Toby Axelrod in Krakow, January 28, 2010

On a midwinter morning at the Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site, jagged icicles cling to the buildings.

Yet this week, visitors made their way under the famous gate — with a replica sign “Arbeit Macht Frei”, following the theft of the original last month — seemingly oblivious to the cold. They came to learn, to absorb and to bring a message home.

Wednesday marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of this notorious death camp. About 1.5 million people were murdered here; 90 per cent of the victims were Jews.

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Gaza still an issue over MCB Memorial attendance

By Martin Bright, January 28, 2010

The Muslim Council of Britain voted to send a junior representative to the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration this week.

After attending for the first time in 2008, the MCB resumed its boycott of the event last year.

The secretary general of the MCB, Dr Mohamed Abdul Bari could not attend, due to a previous engagement at the World Economic Forum summit in Davos, Switzerland.

Nor was his controversial deputy Dr Daoud Abdullah or any of the three assistant secretary generals available.

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