Holocaust Memorial Day

Pupil's painting for Holocaust survivor grandfather

By Robyn Rosen, January 28, 2010

A Jewish pupil at a leading public school has created a Holocaust exhibition in memory of his grandfather as an A-level art submission.

Alex Ziff, 18 — one of just eight Jews at Wellington College in Crowthorne, Berkshire — wanted to bring home to his peers the reality of the Shoah.

Alex’s grandfather, Heinz Samson, passed away in September. He had fled to England from Germany, aged 19, but his parents died at Minsk and his sister at Auschwitz.


Huge demand for Holocaust education in schools

By Jay Grenby, January 28, 2010

Huge demand for the annual educational HMD programme organised jointly by Kingston United and Liberal synagogues necessitated its extension to three days this year.

Almost 500 secondary school students attended workshops, heard testimony from survivors and joined candle-lighting ceremonies.

Over 40 volunteers from the shuls were involved and the project was supported by neighbourhood grants from the local council.


Boris: ‘Keep driving the message of the Holocaust’

By Robyn Rosen, January 28, 2010

Boris Johnson stressed the importance of keeping the memory of the Holocaust alive at City Hall on Tuesday.

After hosting an HMD ceremony for survivors, civic and Jewish community leaders and students, the London Mayor said: “It’s so easy to become desensitised to the events of the Holocaust and forget how important it was. That would be tragic. We have to keep driving the message.


Northwood remembers the Holocaust

By Jay Grenby, January 28, 2010

A memorial to Shoah victims has been installed in the entrance to Northwood Synagogue. The memorial is a wall of Jerusalem stone with a plaque in Welsh slate bearing a quotation from the Book of Job in Hebrew and English. Designed by architect Robert Budwig, it was donated by the congregation’s immediate past chair David Freedman in memory of his wife Estelle.


Holocaust Memorial Day: In pictures

By Jessica Elgot, January 28, 2010

The Holocaust remembered by communities across the UK and the world.

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Gordon Brown hails British Holocaust hero

By Robyn Rosen, January 28, 2010

Gordon Brown backed HMD by praising a “brave and courageous” British PoW who swapped places with a Jewish inmate at Auschwitz.

Denis Avey, now 91, was a guest of the Prime Minister, along with survivor Ben Helfgott and Holocaust Educational Trust representatives at Downing Street last Friday.

With his wife Sarah also in attendance, Mr Brown signed the Holocaust memorial Book of Commitment and spoke with the group for 45 minutes.


Holocaust survivor’s tales move Guildhall audience

By Robyn Rosen, January 28, 2010

An 84-year-old told Britain’s national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony how joining the Auschwitz orchestra had kept her alive.

In a moving video testimony to an audience of 600 at London’s Guildhall, including David Cameron and Nick Clegg, Anita Lasker-Wallfisch said: “It was the cello that saved my life and it has become a very important object for my family. It gives us a dimension outside the horror of what is going on in this world.”


Holocaust Memorial Day commemorated

By Jessica Elgot, January 27, 2010
Ceremonies have taken place across the world to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.

A memorial is being held in London's Guildhall including written testimony from three Holocaust survivors, the late Reform leader Rabbi Hugo Gryn, historian Emanuel Ringelblum and writer Elie Wiesel.

Their stories will be read by Rabbi Gryn’s son David, historian Simon Schama and journalist Jonathan Freedland.

Liliane Umubyeyi, a survivor of the Rwandan genocide, will also speak.


Peres remembers Holocaust in German Parliament speech

By Jessica Elgot, January 27, 2010

Israeli president Shimon Peres has delivered a historic speech to the German Parliament for Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Peres visited Berlin to mark Holocaust Memorial Day and the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

His visit has been tightly protected, with 3,000 German police officers on duty and road blocks in the centre of the German capital.


Muslim Council rep will attend Holocaust Memorial

By Martin Bright, January 26, 2010

The Muslim Council of Britain has voted to send a junior representative to the Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration on Wednesday.

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 will not be attending due, according to the organization, to a diary clash. He is at the World Economic Forum meeting in Davos, Switzerland.

Nor will his controversial deputy Duad Abdullah or any of the organisation's Assistant Secretary Generals.