Holocaust

Muslims Who Saved Jews in the Holocaust? Honour the Righteous Muslims

Fiyaz Mughal | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Fiyaz Mughal

Quite a few of the documented stories of Muslims who saved Jews come from Albania, followed by North Africa and Turkey. Yet, many of these stories have never been properly investigated.

Jessica Elgot

Holocaust Survivors Confront Trauma And Necessity Of Telling Their Stories, 70 Years On

HuffingtonPost.com | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we rememb...

Yes, Let's 'Never Forget but Let's Also Remember the Black Holocaust

Sophia Eribo | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Sophia Eribo

Wouldn't it be wonderful if there was such a day to commemorate the millions of black African victims of slavery? Unlike the "six million" figure that so often goes with statistic about the number of Jews killed during the Second World War, it's not so easy to quantify when it comes to black slaves.

Holocaust Memorial Day: The Nazi Bid to Exterminate Gay People

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

"We must exterminate these people (homosexuals) root and branch... We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated." With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race. From 1933-1945, an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 men were arrested under paragraph 175 for the crime of homosexuality. Some were tried and sentenced in the courts; others were sent direct to concentration camps without any trial or formal sentence. The death rate of gay prisoners in the camps was over 50%, the highest among non-Jewish victims.

Holocaust Memorial Day Is an Affirmation That We Should Fight Against Intolerance and Promote Integration

Baroness Doreen Lawrence | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Baroness Doreen Lawrence

It is important to engage with and encourage our community to continue their efforts to stand up against racism and hate crime by working together to pursue the dignity of difference. Holocaust Memorial Day is an affirmation that we should fight against intolerance and promote integration. All communities should work together to raise awareness of the suffering of others.

Let Us Never Forget the Victims of Nazi Persecution

Witold Sobków | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK Politics
Witold Sobków

The Holocaust was a genocide, a systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. As President Shimon Peres has said, it was "the greatest darkness that mankind has known". Jews were abandoned by humanity. But there were human beings who were sensitive to this tragedy...

Louise Ridley

Gays, Gypsies And Priests: The Forgotten Victims Of The Holocaust

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we remember the H...

'Stay Human': The Forgotten Lesson of the Holocaust

Pina Sadar | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Pina Sadar

The millions of Holocaust victims will be remembered on Tuesday as part of Holocaust Remembrance Day. Rather than turning this occasion into yet another gory battlefield of ideologies, the historical anguish should prompt us to work against the systems of collective hatred - beyond religious, ethnic and racial boundaries.

Why It's 'Preposterous' To Compare Current Anti-Jewish Hate With The 1930s

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 27.01.2015 | UK

On the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the Huffington Post UK is running a series of pieces looking at how we remember the H...

Remembering Our Past, Whilst Safeguarding Our Future

Dr Moshe Kantor | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK
Dr Moshe Kantor

Remembering and marking the Holocaust is one of the most important things that we as a society can do. If we fail to remember and learn from the past, then we are surely doomed to repeat past mistakes. Commemorating the Holocaust is essential to educating our children and others who may not know or be sufficiently familiar with the horrific, unique and unprecedented events of the 1930s and 1940s in Nazi Europe. Educating society on the horrors of the Holocaust is perhaps now, 70 years on from the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau and other concentration and death camps, more important than ever.

Louise Ridley

'Men Were The Bosses In Those Days'.. But 80% Of Britain's WWII Codebreakers Were Female

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 25.01.2015 | UK

As crowds filled Britain's streets to celebrate the end of the Second World War, there was one part of the victory story that couldn't yet be told. ...

Touching Moment Holocaust Survivor Is Reunited With The Soldier Who Liberated Him

The Huffington Post UK | Ryan Barrell | Posted 26.01.2015 | UK

A holocaust survivor has been reunited with the American who liberated his concentration camp in an emotional exchange - 70 years after they last saw ...

'All I Want This Chanukah is A Giant Sack of Bulls**t'

Dan Glass | Posted 22.12.2014 | UK
Dan Glass

Life is beautiful, and so during this festive period, I'm going to be eating, drinking, spending time with loved ones, planning more protests ... and hoping that Santa comes down the chimney with plenty of menorahs and sacks of bulls**t.

It May Be Halloween, But It's No Time For Witch-Hunts

Jemma Wayne | Posted 28.12.2014 | UK Politics
Jemma Wayne

It is time to wake up. In different ways many of us have done it, uttered sweeping, dangerous slurs - the "don't be gay" type comment is one I have heard unchallenged far too often. But it is the urgent responsibility of each of us, right now, to be precise about what speech we employ...

Goldsmiths Row As Holocaust Motion Voted Down Over 'Colonial' Fears

The Huffington Post UK | Lucy Sherriff | Posted 17.10.2014 | UK Universities & Education

A row has erupted between students at a London university after a proposal to commemorate the Holocaust was voted down, with students expressing conce...

A Grandfather's Grave

Robin Lustig | Posted 01.10.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

The grave must have lain untended and forgotten for more than 70 years. And now, just three days after honouring my grandmother Ilse at the scene of her death, here I am in the cemetery, honouring her husband, my grandfather. This is truly a journey back to my family roots.

Honouring Ilse Cohn (1897-1941)

Robin Lustig | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK
Robin Lustig

On 29 November, 1941, my grandmother, Ilse Cohn, was shot here, in this field, by members of the Nazi death squad Einsatzkommando 3, under the command of a Swiss-born SS colonel called Karl Jäger. On that one day alone, they murdered 2,000 Jews who had been deported by train from Vienna and from my grandmother's hometown of Breslau. So I have come to honour my grandmother's memory. My mother was her only child and although Ilse had three brothers, she had no nephews or nieces. My brother and I, and my two children, are her only living relatives.

Decades on, a Murdered Teenager Still Has a Lot to Teach Us

Gillian Walnes | Posted 11.08.2014 | UK
Gillian Walnes

In an increasingly divisive world, and at a time when Europe is alarmingly turning to nationalism and extremist politicians, this tragic teenager, who died nearly 70 years ago and who never got to live out the life she planned, can do more than many politicians to demonstrate how we should live together as members of one human race.

Former National Front Leader In France Says Popular Jewish Singer Should Be Put In An Oven

The Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 09.06.2014 | UK

Jean-Marie Le Pen has been accused of spreading “anti-Semitic filth” by suggesting that a popular Jewish singer should be placed in an oven. Spark...

Miki's Memories Impel Us to Be Guardians of the Truth and Proportionality

Gillian Walnes | Posted 21.07.2014 | UK
Gillian Walnes

Last night I went along to the London Jewish Cultural Centre in north London to see a small but compelling exhibition about the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann and hear the recollections of two people who found themselves very close to the trial.

'We Must Never Forget The Holocaust'

PA | Posted 05.05.2014 | UK

David Cameron has warned Britain must ensure the "memory and the lessons of the Holocaust are never forgotten" as survivors meet today to discuss plan...

'That Jew Died For You': Is This The Most Tasteless Video Ever?

The Huffington Post UK | Charlotte Meredith | Posted 24.04.2014 | UK

A video produced ahead of Holocaust Remembrance Day, produced by a group dedicated to converting Jews to Christianity, has been condemned as "the most...

Kwibuka 20: Remember Rwanda by Celebrating Its Future

Tony Koutsoumbos | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK
Tony Koutsoumbos

One wonders why the world insists on re-visiting Rwanda's violent past when it has such a promising future. To be sure, we must never forget, which is why last night's touching service was so important. Today though, when I think of Rwanda, I think of Joyce, Bruce, and Victor, and celebrate the victory of a bright future over a dark past.

Anne Frank Would Have Been Dazzled by Beyonce Like Any Other Teenager

Gillian Walnes | Posted 07.06.2014 | UK
Gillian Walnes

Well done Beyonce and Jay-Z . We appreciate your visit and, as we reflect on the 69th anniversary of Anne's terrible death in Bergen-Belsen (the actual date will never be known but it was around three weeks before the camp's liberation) I think you are wonderful for reminding the world what Anne Frank is all about.

Bizarre Vandalism Of Anne Frank Books Leads To Arrest

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 14.03.2014 | UK

A man has been arrested after hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl were mysteriously defaced at public libraries across Tokyo....