0 Post a comment Thursday, 24 January 2019 - Community News by Kate Philbin - Totnes reporter [email protected] Days before Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, members of the South Hams Jewish community have expressed their worry that “something like this could happen again”. Sunday, January 27, is Holocaust Memorial Day, an international day to remember the six million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, the millions of people killed under Nazi persecution and countless people lost in subsequent genocides in Cambodia, Rwanda, Bosnia and Darfur. On this date in 1945, the Soviet army entered Auschwitz and liberated more than 7,000 prisoners who were mostly ill and dying. This year marks the 25th anniversary of the genocide in Rwanda and the 40th anniversary of the Cambodian genocide. All around the world people will come together to remember, to mourn and to seek to learn the lessons of the past. With the Brexit debate raging and a growing mistrust of … [Read more...] about The themes of Holocaust Memorial Day are ‘very current’
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Vanessa Gera Associated Press Published 9:02 PM EST Jan 27, 2019 Warsaw, Poland – The world marked International Holocaust Remembrance Day on Sunday amid a revival of hate-inspired violence and signs that younger generations know less and less about the genocide of Jews, Roma and others by Nazi Germany during World War II. As survivors of Auschwitz marked the 74th anniversary of the notorious death camp’s liberation, a far-right activist who served time in prison for burning an effigy of a Jew placed a wreath there with about 50 other Polish nationalists to protest the official observances. Piotr Rybak said the group opposes the annual ceremony at Auschwitz to mark the camp’s liberation by the Soviet army, the event that gave rise to the international Jan. 27 remembrance. Rybak claimed it glorifies the 1 million Jewish victims killed at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death complex and discounts the 70,000 Poles killed there. “It’s time to fight against … [Read more...] about World marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day
IT is estimated that six million Jews were brutally slaughtered during World War II as well as millions of other ethnic minorities including gypsies and the disabled. The world - including the UK - remembers them annually on January 27, which is known as Holocaust Memorial Day. Here's what you need to know... Hitler's genocide, known as Shoah in Hebrew, wiped out two thirds of Europe's Jewish population - including an estimated 1.5m children. These horrific killings, which took place between 1941 and 1945, shook the world. Few survived the attacks - Nobel Peace Prize winner Elie Wiesel was among the lucky ones. Here we explain everything you need to know about Holocaust Memorial Day. What is Holocaust Memorial Day? The focus of Holocaust Memorial Day is to remember the atrocities of the Second World War, and ensure that mankind doesn't repeat the horrific mistakes of its past. HMB is a UK remembrance day, which we have followed since 2001. The event is also in tribute to … [Read more...] about When is Holocaust Memorial Day 2019, what is this year’s theme and how is it marked?
PUBLISHED: 11:45 05 September 2018 | UPDATED: 11:45 05 September 2018 Liz Nice James Marston says the anti-semitism conversation has never been more important PHOTO: PA James Marston says we must keep talking about anti-semitism Why isn’t anti-Semitism a thing of the past? It surprises me, with all we know about where it leads, that this is once again hitting the headlines. It might be my years as an old hack, but I am always suspicious when people talk about the inherent good in humanity. I sometimes feel that, when you look at the world, human nature is not so much about kindness to others and the force of good as it is violence, disrespect and bad manners. Indeed it seems to me that humanity is too often expressed in the darkest of ways.It is expressed in the genocide that is going on in Burma, the genocide of the Holocaust, Rwanda, Armenia, Cambodia, Srebenica and so on.And this darkest of humanity’s expression all begins when the … [Read more...] about Anti-semitism is something we can’t afford to stop talking about, says James Marston
LABOUR’S spiralling anti-Semitism crisis has hit a new low after Jeremy Corbyn hosted an event comparing Israel with Nazis on Holocaust Memorial Day. The party leader has since issued an extraordinary apology when it was revealed he organised an event in parliament called “Never Again for Anyone — Auschwitz to Gaza”. Mr Corbyn, who was a backbencher at the time in 2010, admitted that by being pro-Palestine he has “on occasion appeared on platforms with people whose views I completely reject”. He added that he “apologises for the concerns and anxiety that this has caused” following the revelations by The Times. But Labour MP John Mann said the event puts him in breach of the party’s code on anti-Semitism, and in breach of “any form of normal decency”. The veteran campaigner on the issue told the BBC after this latest incident: “The Labour Party is seen by most members of the Jewish community to have declared war on … [Read more...] about Jeremy Corbyn hosted event comparing Israel with Nazis on Holocaust Memorial Day