Holocaust Memorial Day

King Solomon students commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Students at King Solomon High School commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by holding an educational seminar in partnership with other Redbridge-based schools.

The event was attended by 150 year 12 students from KS, Beal High, the Forest Academy, Wanstead High, Woodford County High, Ilford Country High, Trinity Catholic High and Valentines High.

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David Ward blames pro-Israel 'machine' for HMD comment controversy

By Jennifer Lipman, February 6, 2013

The Liberal Democrat MP who was disciplined by his party's chief whip last week for accusing "the Jews" of failing to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has blamed "a huge operation" of Israel supporters for the controversy.

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'Liberation' text is dropped after protest

By Cathy Forman, February 4, 2013

A Palestinian “liberation theology” reading was removed from a Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration in South Shields following a complaint from Tyneside Jewish leaders.

Eric Joseph, the joint president of the Representative Council of North East Jewry, was offended by the inclusion of the reading from the Jerusalem-based Sabeel organisation.

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Shul partners educating the young generation

By Zoe Winograd, February 4, 2013

A joint initiative by the Kingston Orthodox and Liberal synagogues to provide a Holocaust Memorial Day education programme for local students is now attracting over 1,000 participants.

On the launch day of the scheme’s seventh year, French-born survivor Marcel Ladenheim discussed his experiences with year-10 students from Coombe Boys’ School at Kingston Synagogue.

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As memory becomes history…

By Karen Pollock, February 1, 2013

Over the past two weeks, people from all walks of life, all over the country, have joined together as a community to remember the victims of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides. The period around Holocaust Memorial Day is a momentous time to take stock - to remember the loss of life, the communities destroyed, the dreams cut short.

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Featherstone denies snubbing local HMD ceremony

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

A political row is raging over the non-appearance of International Development minister Lynne Featherstone at the annual Holocaust Memorial Day event in her constituency.

The Jewish Hornsey and Wood Green Lib-Dem MP says she was not notified of the ceremony.

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'Embrace differences' is a lesson of Shoah

By Zoe Winograd, January 31, 2013

Auschwitz survivor Kitty Hart-Moxon said on Monday that the lesson from her experiences was “how quickly things can develop” when prejudice took hold. After addressing over 500 guests at the national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre in Westminster, Mrs Hart-Moxon added: “I hope people can learn that all differences can be embraced.”

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Survivor's story: 'I didn't know my real family'

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

The family of Joan Salter, 72, fled Brussels in 1942. Assisted by the French Resistance, who hid them in a laundry van, they travelled from Paris to Lyon before attempting to reach Spain. However, she and relatives were captured and imprisoned near the Pyrenees.

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Survivor's story: 'People say I was lucky to escape. What do they know?

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2013

Vienna-born Margit Cohen, 90, has not previously spoken to anyone beyond her family about her experiences as an only child who left her parents to board a Kindertransport to England in December 1938. Her father and most of his seven siblings were murdered in Nazi camps — Mrs Cohen never discovered her mother’s fate.

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Reacting to bigotry

January 31, 2013

With depressing regularity, Holocaust Memorial Day seems to provide an annual excuse for fools the world over to parade their prejudice. And there appear to be few bigger than the LibDem MP, David Ward. Offered any number of opportunities to rein back from his accusation that "the Jews" are collectively guilty of daily atrocities that compare with the Shoah, he went even further.

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