Holocaust Memorial Day

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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


Legacy of Hope

By Jessica Elgot, January 28, 2010
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The Holocaust Memorial Day Trust has created a Twitter page and a Facebook page to increase digital participation in the event and a video, narrated by Harry Potter actor Daniel Radcliffe, has been released on YouTube.


Police vow to tackle hate crime

January 28, 2010

Metropolitan Police Commissioner Sir Paul Stephenson used an HMD meeting to reiterate the Met’s commitment to tackling hate crime.

Addressing a commemoration organised by the Jewish Police Association in Hendon, Sir Paul said: “It is important to recognise that many different groups suffered during the Holocaust. New police recruits here today have learnt as part of their training about prejudice, discrimination, and hate crime.”

The Association of Muslim Police was represented at the event and pupils from the Hasmonean Primary and Independent Jewish schools also attended.


£100k for Jewish Museum to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

January 28, 2010

Culture Minister Margaret Hodge marked Holocaust Memorial Day by awarding £100,000 grants to London’s Jewish Museum and the Wiener Library.

The museum is set to reopen in March after a major redevelopment project. The library, a key Holocaust resource, is planning a 2011 relocation.

Ms Hodge noted that the recipients “play a vital part in ensuring that people are aware of what the Jewish community have given to this country and the world — and that we never forget the terrible wrongs suffered during the Nazi era”.


Survivors’ children keep memories alive

By Robyn Rosen, January 28, 2010

Stuart Ferster did not consider his upbringing out of the ordinary. But with hindsight, there was “a lot missing” — and this was down to the 54-year-old’s father, Chaim, having survived concentration camps including Buchenwald and Auschwitz.