Holocaust Memorial 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Scotland goes Dutch for story of life and death

By Adam Henderson, February 3, 2014

The poignant story of a Dutch survivor was the centrepiece of the main Scottish HMD ceremony, held in Stirling.
Dr Alfred Munzer said he was taken in by a neighbouring family — later honoured by Yad Vashem. His two sisters, aged six and eight, were housed by another family but turned in by the husband. Both died in Auschwitz.

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Cameron praises 'extraordinary' survivors

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2014

David Cameron has praised the “courage and bravery” of Holocaust survivors — and his pride at leading “a nation with such extraordinary people in it”.

The Prime Minister extended the warmest of welcomes to more than 50 survivors at a Downing Street reception to mark Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday.

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It's buttoned up in Yorks for HMD

February 3, 2014

The choice of Huddersfield University as the permanent home for an outdoor memorial based on a 6 million+ exhibition was revealed as part of the Kirklees HMD event at Huddersfield Town Hall.

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Northwood gives lesson on Shoah

February 3, 2014

More than 3,000 pupils from over 50 secondary schools are participating in the annual Northwood Holocaust educational programme.

Sessions will be held at Northwood United Synagogue and Northwood and Pinner Liberal Synagogue — the joint organisers — as well as at St Albans Masorti and the US communities at Belmont, Bushey, Borehamwood and Watford.

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Miliband: 'I'm here for my family's Shoah victims'

By Daniel Easterman, February 3, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke movingly about family members who lost their lives during the Holocaust at the UK’s main HMD commemoration in Westminster on Monday.

“I never met my mother’s father,” Mr Miliband told an audience of survivors, politicians and religious leaders at the Queen Elizabeth II Conference Centre.

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A matter of honour to Albanians who protected Jews

By Jay Grenby, February 3, 2014

The role of Albanians in rescuing Jews from the Nazis was told to more than 400 people at a Pinner Synagogue HMD event by the country’s UK ambassador, Mal Berisha.

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