Holocaust Memorial Day

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.


Lib Dem MP David Ward told to meet peers over Shoah remark

By Marcus Dysch, May 30, 2013

An MP who accused Jews of failing to learn the lessons of the Holocaust is expected to meet senior Jewish peers to discuss the offence caused by his remarks.

Liberal Democrat David Ward was condemned by politicians, Jewish groups and Shoah survivors in January after using his blog to equate Jewish suffering in the Holocaust with Israel’s treatment of the Palestinians.


Israel goes silent to remember the six million

By Anna Sheinman, April 8, 2013

Israel stood still and silent at 10 am this morning as the country remembered the six million who died in the Holocaust.


This year’s Yom Hashoah theme is ‘defiance’

By Zoe Winograd, April 3, 2013

The tagline for this year’s International Holocaust Memorial Day, Yom Hashoah, is ‘Defiance and Rebellion during the Holocaust: 70 years since the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising’.


Making more of Holocaust Memorial Day

By Marcus Dysch, February 14, 2013

A student who revolutionised her university’s Holocaust Memorial Day activities says she “felt obliged” to help.

Hava Kranat was surprised when she first attended Warwick University’s HMD service two years ago and found it was a simple candle-lit vigil attended by around 20 people.


King Solomon students commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, February 11, 2013

Students at King Solomon High School commemorated Holocaust Memorial Day by holding an educational seminar in partnership with other Redbridge-based schools.

The event was attended by 150 year 12 students from KS, Beal High, the Forest Academy, Wanstead High, Woodford County High, Ilford Country High, Trinity Catholic High and Valentines High.