Holocaust Memorial Day

Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

January 29, 2015
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They will never be silent

By Barry Langford, January 29, 2015

The recent atrocities in Paris – the shocking yet all-too-familiar sight of European Jews murdered, yet again, simply for being Jews – made this year's Holocaust Memorial Day ceremonies even more poignant and sombre. And alongside the spectre of old hatreds clothed in new ideologies walk others, less lurid but more inexorable: time itself, and its companion, silence.


Legacy that will be in safe hands for generations

By Karen Pollock, January 29, 2015

On Tuesday this week, thousands gathered in the freezing snow at Auschwitz, to commemorate one of the darkest anniversaries in our history.


The ones that fought back

By Maryana Greenberg, January 29, 2015

For decades the history of our people in the Second World War has only focused on the tragic losses of the lives of million of our ancestors.

The Holocaust is an ever-present part of our collective past; but one aspect that is often neglected in society and even our own reflections on the events of the Second World War is the role that Jewish soldiers played in fighting against the Nazi regime.


Holocaust Commission measures - they're the right thing to do

January 29, 2015

In a normal week the announcement of a new national Holocaust memorial, a £50million spending commitment and a raft of measures aimed at extending Shoah education would have been huge news.


To hell, and back

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

"I thought, maybe one day I will go into this crematorium and I will never have experienced a true love's kiss."

Standing metres from the place where her family was murdered, Auschwitz survivor Halina Birenbaum's voice trembled as she told those gathered about what went through her mind as a young girl at the death camp.


Terezin, a nightmare where the music played on

By Orlando Radice, January 29, 2015

Under low-slung clouds, the voices of Moscow's Male Jewish Choir rung out across the western ghetto of Terezin.

A coronet that had not been played at the camp since the war came to melancholic life in the hands of a member of a clarinet trio.

Children performed part of Brundibar, an opera that premiered in 1944 in a building metres away.


Charles: we must honour Shoah victims

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

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

Addressing survivors and leading political and religious figures at the UK's national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony at Central Hall, Westminster, on Tuesday, the prince said the Shoah was "an unparalleled tragedy and an act of evil unique in history.


Scotland ponders the results of intolerance

By Adam Henderson, January 29, 2015

Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon told a commemorative event in Ayr that "if we understand the very worst consequences of intolerance and prejudice, we are less likely to accept them in today's society.

"Remembering the Holocaust, and subsequent genocides, is an honour we owe to the victims.


'We were told to collect wood to burn bodies'

January 29, 2015

Catholic school pupils listened in astonishment as a survivor of Auschwitz, Buchenwald and Belsen recalled how her sister was made to dig her own grave before Nazi guards shot her dead.

Gina Turgel was addressing an HMD commemoration at La Sainte Union in Camden, having accompanied Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, who spoke about the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.