Holocaust Memorial Day

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.


'How I survived Bergen-Belsen'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

After Zahava Kohn's mother, Rosy Kanarek, died 10 years ago, she discovered an extraordinary collection of documents, letters, ration books and photographs telling the story of the family's experiences during the Holocaust.


Voices designed to speak to the next generation

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

The first stage towards the creation of an archive of stories of Scotland's Holocaust survivors has been completed after more than 18 months' work.

Gathering the Voices - a website that will ultimately feature interviews with, and recordings of, 100 people who came to Scotland during or after the war - went live this week.


Iranians' northern exposure

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 27, 2012

A refugee family facing a return to Iran, where they are accused of leaking nuclear secrets, featured in the Holocaust Memorial Day event at Manchester's Jewish Museum.

The Vahidis fled to the UK in 2006 after a close friend - a member of an Iranian opposition party - was found dead. Mohammed Vahidi worked in a nuclear-related industry and has been linked to information given to the friend.


Schooling them well in Kingston

By Jay Grenby, January 27, 2012

A Holocaust Memorial Day initiative launched five years ago by Kingston's United and Liberal congregations for local schools has been so successful that it has expanded to a five-day event.

The format sees five locally based survivors tell their stories to pupils, who then divide into study groups to discuss both what they have heard and what they can do to work against intolerance.


More calls to open the Auschwitz files

By Jessica Elgot, January 26, 2012

Conservative MP Robert Halfon has called on Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to release the files on the P o W camp in Auschwitz.

Mr Halfon has written to Mr Hammond requesting he release the service record of Israeli President Shimon Peres’s father Yitzhak Persky and other British servicemen held in the camp.