Holocaust Memorial Day

'We were completely dehumanised'

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Shaking with emotion, a 91-year-old great-grandmother recalled her time in Auschwitz to an audience of London civic leaders on Monday.

Freda Wineman - whose parents and brother died in the camp - said that "in no time we were completely dehumanised.


Educators share lessons

By Barry Toberman, January 29, 2015

Six survivors and child refugees shared their experiences of educating about the Holocaust when they addressed the final HMD event at the London Jewish Cultural Centre before LJCC's merger with JW3.


Israel gets a mention after ban

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

There were many references to Israel at the Irish national HMD ceremony in Dublin, despite a pre-event instruction by the Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland that there should be no mention of the Jewish state.

Last year, the trust imposed a ban on its mention, which long-standing host Yanky Fachler reluctantly accepted.


Pupils' cemetery service

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

Thirty east London pupils from a variety of faiths visited Britain's oldest Ashkenazi cemetery on Tuesday to remember Holocaust victims.

History students at Morpeth School lit candles and listened to readings of survivor testimony during the cere-mony at Alderney Road.

Two Morpeth sixth-formers who travelled to Auschwitz last year with the Holocaust Educational Trust spoke about their visit.


'We can stop prejudice,' Cooper tells the HET

January 29, 2015

Shadow Home Secretary Yvette Cooper spoke passionately about the importance of Shoah education, particularly in light of rising antisemitism in Europe, at a Holocaust Educational Trust event in Westminster.

Introducing the HET's annual Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture, she said that in the words of the trust, "when we understand where prejudice leads, we can stop it in its tracks.


Museum films for future generations

By Naomi Firsht, January 29, 2015

Responding to the HMD theme of keeping the memory alive, the National Holocaust Centre and Museum in Nottinghamshire has begun 3D filming the testimony of survivors.


We'll never let the Shoah be forgotten

By Josh Jackman, January 29, 2015

One theme of Holocaust Memorial Day has been how the Shoah will be remembered as the number of survivors dwindles.

One group of dedicated young people are working hard to ensure new generations will know what happened to Europe's Jews under the Nazis.

They are the Holocaust Educational Trust's 65 regional ambassadors across Britain - most of them not Jewish - who teach their fellow students,


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.


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”.


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.