Holocaust Memorial Day

Shameful bigotry in Brighton

January 30, 2014

It is all very well the Brighton and Hove Hebrew Congregation describing the appalling incident at Brighton’s Holocaust Memorial Day service as an “unfortunate misunderstanding” and saying that “no offence was intended”. But such PR waffle should fool no one. There was no misunderstanding.


Holocaust day row leaves war veterans out in the rain

By Daniel Easterman, January 30, 2014

A clash between Orthodox and Reform in Brighton led to a rabbi being barred from a prayer hall at a Holocaust Memorial Day service.

War veterans and members of Brighton and Hove Reform Synagogue were forced to hold their own ceremony standing outside in the rain.


Ed Miliband and Eric Pickles address Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

Labour leader Ed Miliband spoke movingly about the members of his family who lost their lives during the Holocaust, and the need to remain vigilant against antisemitism.


Helena Bonham Carter to sit on David Cameron's Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2014

Hollywood actress Helena Bonham Carter, Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis and senior politicians Michael Gove and Ed Balls will sit on the new Holocaust Commission announced by David Cameron.

The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah.


Shoah event at City Hall

By Daniel Easterman, January 27, 2014

The harrowing experiences of a survivor who fled the Nazis as a child in Holland were recounted to a City Hall audience on Monday as the Greater London Assembly held its annual Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony.


Josef Perl tells his incredible story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Josef Perl lived a charmed life on his family’s sawmill in Veliky Bochov, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in the 1930s. The only son in an Orthodox family of nine children, his father Laser gifted him a trusted guard dog, Vondi, and a loyal horse, Shori, to escort him to and from school every day. “Me, the horse and dog were like one,” he recalls.


For the future's sake, we must remember the past

By Olivia Marks-Woldman, January 24, 2014

A young man was going on a long journey, and asked a wise woman which way to go. “When you get to the crossroads, take the right-hand turn,” she told him. He came to the crossroads. He looked at the right-hand path. But before he started down the track, he turned to the other roads, and took one final look down the path he had come.


MPs set for Holocaust Memorial Day event

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

Plans are being finalised to bring members of parliaments from around the world and Holocaust survivors together at a memorial at Auschwitz later this month.

More than 500 people will attend the Holocaust Remembrance Day event on January 27.


Teenagers arrested after Guernsey Holocaust plaque vandalised

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A man and a youth have been arrested after a plaque commemorating Holocaust victims was vandalised in Guernsey.

The Jewish Women’s Memorial, which pays tribute to three women who were deported from the island in 1942 and gassed in Auschwitz, was torn from a wall and found discarded nearby.


Remember, it’s not enough just to teach our children

By Olivia Marks-Woldman, July 14, 2013

I was on a Jewish youth group residential trip and must have been about 13 or 14. The caretaker of the hostel took me to one side, where no one would overhear. “I heard what your group was discussing this morning,” he said quietly, “I think you should see this.” And he showed me the tattoo on his arm.