Holocaust Memorial Day

Berlusconi praises Mussolini at Holocaust event

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini at a Shoah commemoration event in Milan on Sunday.

Having appeared to fall asleep during the ceremony, Mr Berlusconi told reporters that while the fascist dictator’s 1938 antisemitic laws were “were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader”, in other respects he “did good things”.

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Holocaust Memorial Day 2013

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013
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Sunday Times criticised for Israel cartoon on Holocaust Memorial Day

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2013

Media monitor Honest Reporting has condemned a Sunday Times cartoon that depicts the Israeli Prime Minister crushing victims in a blood-splattered wall.

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No offence meant, says David Ward over remarks about Jews, Holocaust and Israel

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP criticised by his own party over remarks accusing “the Jews” of having failed to learn the lessons of the Holocaust has defended his comments.

Bradford East MP David Ward posted the remarks on his personal blog on Friday, shortly after signing the Holocaust Memorial Trust’s book of remembrance ahead of today’s annual memorial day.

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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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