Holocaust Memorial Day

Appeal for UK Jews to help 'lonely' Holocaust survivors

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011

The British ambassador to Israel has called on Britain’s Jewish community to dig deep to help combat loneliness amongst Holocaust survivors.

In a joint appeal with outgoing Israeli ambassador to Britain Ron Prosor, Matthew Gould said that while the Israeli government played its part in supporting the estimated 210,000 survivors living there, there were still gaps in the provision.


Holocaust Memorial Day in Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011
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Israelis are marking the annual Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day today. As in all other years, a siren was sounded prompting citizens to stop what they were doing for a two-minute silence. Watch footage of the moment at Jerusalem's usually bustling Machane Yehuda market.


York maintains cut to Shoah day funding

By Jessica Elgot, April 15, 2011

Labour councillors have failed in a bid to overturn an 80 per cent reduction in York Council's Holocaust Memorial Day budget, which leaves just £1,000 to spend on the 2012 commemoration. A motion to reverse the cut was on the agenda at last week's council meeting, backed by Labour and Green councillors. Holocaust survivor Lillian Black also spoke in support.


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.