Holocaust Memorial Day

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.


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.


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".


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.


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.


Missionary runs Holocaust Memorial Day events

By Jessica Elgot, February 9, 2012

A "messianic Jewish" leader, actively seeking to convert Jews to Christianity, hosted a Yorkshire town's Holocaust Memorial Day activities last week, a move condemned as a "perversion" by anti-missionary activist Rabbi Shmuel Arkush.

Selby-based Adrian Glasspole, founder of the UK branch of Chosen People Ministries, who said he was halachically Jewish, described himself as "responsible" for the


'How could these atrocities have happened?'

February 2, 2012

Northern Irish First Minister Peter Robinson told the 400 guests at the Northern Ireland HMD commemoration that a visit to Shoah memorial Yad Vashem in Jerusalem had made a lasting impression.


The Holocaust Educational Trust's Lord Merlyn Rees lecture

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

More than 200 people were at the Houses of Parliament to hear historian Sir Ian Kershaw mark Holocaust Memorial Day at the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lord Merlyn-Rees Memorial Lecture.



When the Shoah is stripped of its meaning, what then?

By Abraham H Foxman, January 27, 2012

This month marks the 70th anniversary of the Wannsee Conference, the meeting convened in a Berlin suburb by the Nazi SS henchman Reinhard Heydrich to coordinate the liquidation and eventual extermination of Europe's Jews.


'We walked and slept in the snow - it was hell'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

When Bob Obuchowski was 11, the Nazis came into his small Polish town of Ozorkow. The 2,300 Jews were forced into a school building and made to undress, then lined up and stamped either A or B to indicate their destination. Most, including his parents and all but one of his three siblings, were sent straight to their death. The 500 who remained were incarcerated in a ghetto.