Holocaust Memorial Day

Lib Dem MP criticised for 'abusing memory' of Holocaust victims

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2013

The chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust has expressed her disappointment over the comments by a Liberal Democrat MP accusing "the Jews" of atrocities in Gaza.

David Ward compared modern Israel to the Nazi regime in remarks on his website - now deleted - made after he signed the Trust's Book of Commitment ahead of Holocaust Memorial day 2013.

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Lee Jasper shows no respect for Israel or HMD

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2013

Respect Party politician Lee Jasper has defended comments in which he used Holocaust Memorial Day (HMD) to mount an attack on Israel as a "racist oppressor".

Mr Jasper, a former equalities adviser to Ken Livingstone, wrote on Twitter and Facebook this week: "We are asked to remember that which Israel has forgotten, that religious & racial hatred is a sin against God.

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David Miliband: My family's Shoah experience influenced my politics

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

David Miliband said this week that his family’s experiences during the Nazi era may have influenced his politics — “standing up against oppressive power”.

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Boris is touched by story of woman who 'crawled out' of camp

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Boris Johnson was moved by the “appalling” experiences recounted by a survivor to the City Hall ceremony for Holocaust Memorial Day on Monday.

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Survivor's story: 'I was resourceful - I wanted to live'

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Janine Webber, 80, fled her home in (then) Poland with one suitcase after the German army occupied her native Lwow in 1941. Taking refuge in a house just outside the town, she, her brother and mother hid in a hole beneath a wardrobe as “screaming” German forces entered and shot her father. Her mother died of typhus shortly afterwards.

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Survivor's story: 'I cried when I could not return to school'

By Sandy Rashty, January 24, 2013

Budapest-born John Dobai, 78, was raised as a Catholic after his Jewish parents converted following the rise of the Nazis. In 1941, his father was summoned for army service when Hungary allied with Germany but was sent for slave labour because of his Jewish origins.

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The seeds of hope borne by the New Year for Trees

By Rabbi Neil Janes, January 24, 2013

This year Tu Bishvat, the New Year for Trees, Shevat 15, falls just one day before Holocaust Memorial Day. 
There is a famous story in the Talmud about the sage Honi in which he asks why a certain man is planting carob trees because he will not see them mature and bear fruit. The man reminds us that we do not plant trees for ourselves, but for our descendants perhaps 70 years later.

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Cameron: Learn lessons of the Holocaust

By Barry Toberman, January 24, 2013

Penning his contribution to the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment against prejudice and racism on Monday, David Cameron warmly recalled how he had originally become aware of the HET’s activities.

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Shining a light for tolerance as racism is tackled at Upton Park

By Zoe Winograd, January 24, 2013

Six candles were lit for Holocaust victims before the West Ham v QPR Premier League game at Upton Park at the weekend.

Survivor Zigi Shipper and West Ham legend and FA director of football development Sir Trevor Brooking were among the participants in the ceremony at the club, whose supporters allegedly made racist and antisemitic chants during the game at Tottenham in November.

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Glasgow puts testimony online

By Zoe Winograd, January 24, 2013

Testimonies of Scottish-based Holocaust survivors have been collated online.

Glasgow Caledonian University academic Angela Shapiro, 56, and her husband David launched the Gathering the Voices website at the suggestion of Mr Shapiro’s mother Gretl, a Shoah survivor.

“She wanted to be remembered as a productive member of society and not just a victim,” Mrs Shapiro said.

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