Holocaust

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

Jemma Wayne | Posted 29.10.2014 | 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....

Dis-moi - a Break-through Work by Chantal Akerman

Adam Roberts | Posted 04.05.2014 | UK Entertainment
Adam Roberts

It is doubtful that even the most dedicated cinephile will know Dis-moi, or Aujour'dui dis-moi as it is also known. It was commissioned for French TV, and has been shown only once or twice in the deepest recesses of thorough retrospectives. It has never before been subtitled for an English speaking audience (as it will be for the screening on March 13th).

World's Oldest Holocaust Survivor Dies Aged 110

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 24.02.2014 | UK

The world's oldest known Holocaust survivor has died aged 110, her family have said. Alice Herz-Sommer, who lived in London and was originally from...

Why Are Hundreds Of Anne Frank Books Being Vandalised In Japan?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 22.02.2014 | UK

Hundreds of copies of Anne Frank's The Diary of a Young Girl have been mysteriously defaced at public libraries across Tokyo. Pages have been ripp...

Labour MP Makes Gaza Holocaust Comparison

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 07.02.2014 | UK

UPDATE: Yasmin Qureshi has apologised for any offence caused: “The debate was about the plight of the Palestinian people and in no way did I mea...

Truth and Reconciliation - Learning About the Holocaust

Damie Lemomu | Posted 07.04.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Damie Lemomu

Getting ready to rehearse/perform this play has made me more interested in these issues and how these countries are doing post-genocide/conflict. I've been asking friends who have families that live in Zimbabwe to tell me more about what it's like and not simply relying on the news alone.

Honour Holocaust Victims By Acknowledging Rise of Race Hate

The Conversation UK | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK
The Conversation UK

We rarely ask ourselves why we should remember the Holocaust. We simply assume that we should. However, if we only go through the motions uttering phrases such as "we remember" and "never again", remembering the Holocaust will quickly become a meaningless ritual.

The 'Quenelle' Salute Is Not Anti-Authority, It's Anti-Semitic

Steve Rose | Posted 30.03.2014 | UK Politics
Steve Rose

If you believe Nicolas Anelka, his use of the 'quenelle' was a conscious and deliberate "up yours" to the French establishment in support of friend Dieudonné M'Bala M'Bala. But, for many in this country, the 'quenelle' was almost unheard of, and many still argue that it is an apolitical rejection of the state and Zionism. However, it is a ghastly reminder of modern anti-Semitism.

Stunning Pictures Of Holocaust Memorial Day As The Victims Are Remebered In Israel, Poland And Germany

Paul Vale | Paul Vale and Elliot Wagland | Posted 27.01.2014 | UK

Holocaust Memorial Day was remembered around in Europe, Israel and beyond on Monday, with Members of Israeli parliament attending a ceremony in the fo...

Words on the Holocaust

Josh Zitser | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Josh Zitser

Whatever you do, remember that the theme of this year's Holocaust Memorial Day is 'journeys'. Journeys are about getting from one place to another. If we truly want to honour the lives of all those who suffered under the Nazi regime, it is our duty to ensure that we, as a society, take note of our starting point and make sure that we move forward to a more promising final destination.

Remembering Auschwitz

Ian Lucas | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK Politics
Ian Lucas

Reactions to a visit to Auschwitz have been expressed more much more ably than I can. I think that each person should go, simply to see, as the searing horror of the cruelty of the death camps needs to be seen, not just read.

Our Acts of Defiance

Olivia Marks-Woldman | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Olivia Marks-Woldman

Monday is Holocaust Memorial Day. I am sometimes asked if we still need to remember those who died in the Holocaust - after all, it was such a long time ago. Isn't it time we all moved on? And surely more recent events should take up more of our attention? My answer is an emphatic 'No!'. In fact, the occurrence of genocides since the Holocaust demonstrates how very important it is to commemorate the attempted annihilation of Europe's Jewish population, and all victims of Nazi Persecution. There have been genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur - showing all too clearly that lessons have not been learnt from the past. There is an even greater need to remember, inform and raise awareness of the Holocaust and subsequent genocides.

Teaching the Holocaust in the 'Post-Survivor Era'

Thomas Harding | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Thomas Harding

Who is going to educate young people about the Holocaust when the survivors are no longer with us? That is the question I keep asking myself... Because the further we get from the end of the Second World War, the fewer survivors we have to share their powerful stories.

'The Rich Are Persecuted Like Jews'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 26.01.2014 | UK

A billionaire has compared the treatment of the wealthy to the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust. Venture capitalist Thomas Perkins wrote ...