Holocaust Memorial Day

Lee Jasper: 'Israel is racist oppressor'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 22, 2013

Respect Party politician Lee Jasper has used the upcoming Holocaust Memorial Day to mount an attack on Israel as a "racist oppressor".

Mr Jasper, a former equalities adviser to Ken Livingstone and an activist on race relations issues, made the comments about Israel and the Holocaust on his Facebook page.

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Church liturgy for Shoah day

By Simon Rocker, January 21, 2013

The Council of Christians and Jews has produced a liturgy for churches to mark Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls on a Sunday this year.

CCJ project manager the Reverend Patrick Morrow compiled the resource which includes, he said, a “set reading from the Hebrew scriptures, a psalm, an epistle and a Gospel reading, with at least one commentary on each”.

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European Parliament to officially commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

By Anna Sheinman, January 14, 2013

The European Parliament is to hold an official ceremony for International Holocaust Remembrance Day for the first time.

In a letter sent to Rabbi Avi Tawil, President of the European Jewish Community Centre (EJCC), the European Parliament President Martin Schulz officially adopted the remembrance day as part of its ceremonies, the EJCC has said.

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Survivors featured in Channel 4 documentary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

A documentary looking at the lives of Holocaust survivors is to be broadcast on Channel 4 later this month.

Award-winning filmmaker Daisy Asquith recorded more than 40 hours of testimony after meeting 100 members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre.

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Nazi descendants attend Holocaust memorial service

By Sandy Rashty, August 21, 2012

DESCENDANTS of Nazi SS officers will oppose antisemitism and commemorate Holocaust victims as they participate in the March of Life event on Thursday, August 23.

Fifty people descended from Nazi SS, Wehrmacht and German police officers working under Hitler’s regime, will attend the organisation’s main ceremony in Warsaw.

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Pickles relays the lessons of Auschwitz visit

By Jessica Elgot, July 13, 2012

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles spoke about his recent Auschwitz visit when he joined politicians from across the political spectrum at a Commons reception to unveil the Holocaust Memorial Day theme for 2013.

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Guardian pulls 'ghetto wall' letter

By Jessica Elgot, April 19, 2012

A letter which suggested Jewish identity was defined by "the ghetto wall" has been pulled from the Guardian's website after complaints.

The letter, written by Guardian reader Niels Engelsted, claimed that Israel was building the security barrier along the West Bank border as "protective wall building", creating conditions akin to living in a ghetto.

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Jews and Muslims must show unity against jihadists

By Ed Husain, March 22, 2012

"God forbid that the recent killer of Jewish children and a rabbi in France be a Muslim or of Arab descent," I tweeted a day before the French authorities named Mohamed Merah as the prime suspect in last week's terrorist atrocity. People on Twitter responded to me saying: "He also killed Muslims".

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Shoah trust appoints

February 23, 2012

Olivia Marks-Woldman is the new chief executive of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, which has responsibility for the annual HMD commemorations in the UK.

Ms Marks-Woldman joins the trust from Breast Cancer Care, where she was head of policy and campaigns. She began her career as national fieldworker for the Association of Jewish Sixth-Formers.

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To Russia with love as liberators are thanked

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

Anne Frank's stepsister spent Holocaust Memorial Day in Moscow, thanking Russian veterans who helped to liberate her and others from Auschwitz.

Eva Schloss, 82, spent six days in the Russian capital in temperatures as low as -15 degrees.

"I have always wanted to go to Russia to meet the army veterans," she said. "It was very emotional for me, really very special.

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