The Holocaust

Survivor attends Newcastle's Holocaust commemoration

May 9, 2008

More than 100 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation. Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott told the audience that he was proud to be in Newcastle during the display of the exhibition about Janusz Korczak, as he had been instrumental, with the Jewish Museum, in putting together the exhibition. Newcastle Reform Synagogue also held a Yom Hashoah service, led by its president Bennie Ross.

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Sheffield's Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Some 70 people from both Sheffield’s Orthodox and Reform congregations attended a Yom Hashoah service at Kingfield Synagogue. There were readings by members of both congregations and memorial candles lit by community members Dorothy Flemming, Agnes Grunwald-Spier, Werner Sussenwein, Peter Meyer, Sue Pearson and Adrian Rubenstein.

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Harrogate and Leeds communities join American forces for remembrance

May 9, 2008

Around 50 people from the Harrogate and Leeds communities joined American forces personnel at Menwith Hill Station for a “day of remembrance” service. The theme of the event at the army base, organised by the station’s chaplain, Rabbi Henry Soussan, was “remembering Kristallnacht 1938”. The visitors included Holocaust survivors Arek Hersh and Lily Pollock.

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The Shoah film they didn’t show

By Stephen Applebaum, May 9, 2008

Hollywood stars Tim Blake Nelson and Harvey Keitel have made a controversial Holocaust movie about the Jews who survived the camps by helping the Nazis commit genocide.

The Grey Zone is one of the most fascinating Holocaust films ever made, yet it never reached UK cinemas following its American debut in 2002. While it was released in Israel, Germany and Spain, among other markets, UK distributors baulked at the movie’s unredemptive narrative and stark, despairing tone. This week, it is finally released here on DVD.

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Film of Poland visit showed at local Yom Hashoah service

May 9, 2008

Some 150 people attended a Yom Hashoah service at the Marjorie and Arnold Ziff Community Centre. A group of Leeds teenagers who visited Poland last year on a trip, headed by Israeli emissary Asaf Segev, showed a film of the visit, which included commentary by Shoah survivor Arek Hersh, who had accompanied them on the trip.

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Army gets lesson on Holocaust

May 2, 2008

Over 150 senior cadets from Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force took part in an educational training day about the Holocaust.

The initiative was the first of its type for a county cadet force, according to Colonel Martin Newman, vice-chairman of the Jewish Committee for HM Forces. It featured sessions conducted by locally-based Holocaust survivor Meyer Hirsch and David Arnold, whose mother had fled the Nazis on a Kindertransport.

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Exhibition for Polish hero

May 2, 2008

Newcastle United Hebrew congregation is hosting an exhibition about the life of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who perished in Treblinka. Mr Korczak had been working at a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. Korczak and his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. Instead of protecting himself, he travelled with the 200 children when they were deported to Treblinka, where they were all killed. The exhibition is being staged at Newcastle UHC until May 11.

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Shoah credits

April 25, 2008

The Holocaust Educational Trust, in conjunction with Hull University, is to offer university credits to sixth-formers who complete the four components of its Lessons from Auschwitz project.

Three of the components are an orientation meeting, a one-day Poland visit and a follow-up seminar. The final element is that participants share their experiences with fellow pupils and local communities.

If their work is approved by a university assessor, Hull will award them the equivalent of 10 Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points.

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Emmerdale star's Auschwitz agony

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

A Jewish actress’s discovery of her family’s Holocaust experiences and journey to Auschwitz will be broadcast this Sunday on BBC1.

Georgia Slowe, who plays Perdy Hyde-Sinclair in Emmerdale, visited the camp with 150 sixth-formers as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s
Lessons from Auschwitz programme.

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Survivor’s horrific tale will be used to ‘rubbish deniers’

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

The story of a Birkenau survivor who also lived through the 1945 sinking of the Cap Arcona ship is being meticulously researched in order to refute the claims of Holocaust-deniers.

Polish-born Sam Pivnik, 81, spent four months in Birkenau before being sent to a coal-mining camp in Poland. He was one of just 350 survivors of the Cap Arcona ship, which sank in 1945 after being mistakenly fired upon by the RAF. Thousands of concentration-camp prisoners who were aboard died.

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