Holocaust Memorial Day

Irish Jews welcome HMD agreement over Israel

By Josh Jackman, December 24, 2014

Leaders of the Irish Jewish community have welcomed news that the Israeli ambassador will, for the first time, speak about links between the Shoah and Israel at Ireland’s national Holocaust Memorial Day next month.


Israel ban at Holocaust memorial condemned

By Josh Jackman, December 18, 2014

The decision to ban the host of Ireland's Holocaust Memorial Day event from mentioning Israel has been condemned by organisations around the world.

The JC revealed last week that Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland (HETI) had instructed the master of ceremonies at January's national memorial not to refer to Israel.

The decision sparked a furious reaction.


Fury over Israel ban at Shoah memorial

By Josh Jackman, December 11, 2014

Organisers of a national Holocaust memorial event have banned any mention of Israel.

The trustees of Holocaust Educational Trust Ireland (HETI) have instructed the host of the country's main Shoah memorial event in January "not to refer to the Jewish State or the State of Israel during any part of the ceremony".


Students play down memorial day row

By Naomi Firsht, October 23, 2014

The student union at Goldsmiths College has denied it rejected Holocaust Memorial Day.

A motion to mark HMD, as well as days commemorating genocides in Armenia and Ukraine, was voted down by 60 to one.

Student Colin Cortbus, who put forward the proposal, said its rejection was "sad for democracy and tolerance".


Holocaust charity boycotts Dorchester hotel over Sharia law

By Marcus Dysch, June 13, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has relocated its annual dinner from the Dorchester hotel as calls to boycott the venue grow.

The charity said it was fundamentally at odds with the repressive Sharia laws introduced by Dorchester owner the Sultan of Brunei in the south east Asia kingdom.

HET’s fundraising event will instead be moved to a new venue.


Abbas says Holocaust was worst crime in modern history

By Rosa Doherty, April 28, 2014

Palestinian Authority President Mahmoud Abbas has declared that the Holocaust was the most 'heinous' crime committed in modern times.

He made the statement in English, Spanish and Arabic on the website of Wafa, Palestine's official news agency, as Israel began its annual Holocaust Remembrance Day.


Keeping memories alive

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2014

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles wants Britons to "keep the memory alive" in next year's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Mr Pickles was joined by MPs, peers and survivors at a Parliamentary event on Monday where he unveiled plans for HMD 2015.

"The fact of remembering people - and not just the numbers - is in itself an act of defiance," he said.


Police hold an arresting HMD ceremony

February 9, 2014

Deputy Commissioner Craig Mackey gave the address at a Metropolitan Police/Jewish Police Association HMD event at the Police Training Centre in Hendon, attended by nearly 200 staff, officers and guests. Heads of the Hindu and Muslim staff associations were among those who lit memorial candles.


David Cameron launches Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed details of the new Holocaust Commission. The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah. The group's membership was announced to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and Mr Cameron hosted survivors at a special Downing Street reception.


Diplomats recall life-saving efforts of countrymen

By Daniel Easterman, February 3, 2014

Envoys from Portugal, Japan and Poland relayed stories of their diplomats’ Holocaust heroism to the London Jewish Cultural Centre’s HMD ceremony at its Golders Green premises.