Holocaust Memorial Day

'I was so scared when the Gestapo held us at gunpoint'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 26, 2012

Helen Stein was 13 when the Gestapo interrogated her at gunpoint.

"One pointed his revolver towards me. I will never forget. I was asked my name, my address and who organised the journey. And after each question: 'Are you Jewish?' I told them my real name. I told them, 'I'm frightened.'"


Truth hurts in Ireland

January 26, 2012

Opening the Shoah in Europe exhibition in Dublin, Irish Justice Minister Alan Shatter highlighted "an inconvenient truth that those who chose to do and say nothing during this unprecedented period in European history include this state".

Mr Shatter said that, "when viewing this exhibition, no one should assume that what happened in the past cannot be repeated in the future".

He praised the w


Cameron 'proud' to meet survivor

By Barry Toberman, January 26, 2012

In the week of Holocaust Memorial Day, David Cameron has praised one of the best-known Shoah survivors for passing on his story.

Mr Cameron and deputy PM Nick Clegg hosted a group from the Holocaust Educational Trust in Downing Street on Tuesday to witness their signing of the HET's Book of Commitment, in which politicians record their thoughts on preserving the mem-ory of the Shoah and combati


Call to correct Ireland's Holocaust-era 'moral bankruptcy'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

The Irish Justice Minister has issued an apology for his country's treatment of thousands of soldiers who deserted the Irish army to fight against the Nazis during the Second World War.

Alan Shatter, who is Jewish, suggested on Wednesday that a pardon was on the way for soldiers who left Ireland "to fight for freedom and who were subsequently dishonourably discharged from the defence forces".


Cameron: Tell Holocaust stories in all UK schools

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

David Cameron has praised the work of the Holocaust Educational Trust and called for the stories of survivors to be told to children across Britain.

The prime minister, asked by MP Louise Ellman during Prime Minister's Questions to comment ahead of Friday's international Holocaust Memorial Day, said he strongly supported the trust's work.


The Chief Rabbi's Holocaust Memorial Day message

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Lord Sacks marks the 67th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz and International Holocaust Memorial Day.


Boris Johnson hosts Holocaust Memorial Day 2012 at City Hall

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Abraham Jacobs-Wllfisch, grandson of survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch, performs a cello suite at London Mayor Boris Johnson's annual commemoration.


Remembering the Holocaust

By Olivia Sales, January 24, 2012

It has been more than sixty years since the end of the Second World War. More than six decades since the Holocaust, the murder of six million Jews and the liberation of the largest Nazi death camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau.


MPs mark Holocaust Memorial Day with Westminster debate

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2012

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to the heroism and bravery displayed by the victims of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust and spoken of their experiences visiting the camps and meeting survivors.


York HMD has its budget restored

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2011

York's Holocaust Memorial Day budget, which was slashed by 80 per cent, has been restored to its original amount by the new Labour council.

Labour leader Councillor James Alexander had led a campaign to reinstate the budget, which was cut to £1,000 as part of an austerity package in February.