Holocaust Memorial Day

How Auschwitz reminded me to never forget

By Joshua Rocker, January 29, 2015

We were told it was OK to cry, but maybe we should have been told it was just as acceptable not to cry. I went last month on Immanuel College's sixth form trip to Poland willing to weep, but unable to do so in what I had anticipated would be the most affecting places, such as the gas chambers at Majdanek.

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Prince of Wales tells survivors: ‘Holocaust Memorial Day is more relevant than ever’

By Josh Jackman, January 27, 2015

The Prince of Wales has described the Holocaust as “not just a Jewish tragedy, but a warning to all of us”.

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David Cameron announces new Holocaust memorial will be built in London

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

A national Holocaust memorial and learning centre will be built in central London, David Cameron has pledged.

Announcing a range of measures on Holocaust Memorial Day, the Prime Minister said Britain was making a “bold statement” about the importance it puts on preserving the memory of the Holocaust.

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Europe marks Holocaust Memorial Day as Steven Spielberg warns of growing antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

Steven Spielberg has led Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, warning of growing antisemitism in Europe.

Speaking to Holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, ahead of an official service at the concentration camp, he said there were renewed attempts to “banish” Jews from the continent.

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Eric Pickles praises Polish resistance war effort

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles praised Polish resistance on a visit to Warsaw Zoo today, where more than 300 Jews were hidden during the Holocaust.

He commended Jan Żabiński, who was director of the zoo during the Nazi occupation of Poland, for saving the lives of Jews.

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They were the first to see the true horrors

By Sally Angel, January 22, 2015

We drove in and saw a sight that shocked us as nothing, even the sights of war, had ever shown us before. There was a stench of death everywhere. We were there for about two weeks filming and I thought as time went by it might leave me. I wanted to forget.

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Every non-Jew in a position of authority must take this terrible trip

By Richard Wood, January 22, 2015

Eight years ago, I saw the darkest side of man when I travelled to Auschwitz with a group of non-Jews to learn about the Holocaust.

This was a trip in which police officers, ambulance men and others in a similar position of responsibility were taken to the infamous concentration camp in a bid to understand the sensitivity and history about the Jews, what they went through and how we can work to

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Befriending Nazis saved me

By Monica Porter, January 22, 2015

There are many astonishing tales of survival under the Third Reich, but Freddie Knoller's story is in a class of its own. Not many Jewish fugitives made a living by showing Wehrmacht soldiers around the night clubs, cabarets and brothels of occupied Paris, mingling with scantily-clad dancing girls, jazz musicians, tarts and Nazis.

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Tourists threaten Auschwitz future

By Isabel De Bertodano, January 22, 2015

These days a trip to Auschwitz is not so much a pilgrimage as an essential part of any tourist itinerary.

Travel companies offer the visit as part of a day-trip from Krakow, followed by a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Advertisers are cashing in on the record numbers of visitors, erecting hoardings on the approach to it.

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