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Nov 19, 2020, 2:12 PM
Justice of a kind
In November 1945, the surviving leaders of Nazi Germany were put on trial for the murder of six million Jews and millions of other people who belonged to groups deemed ‘undesirable’ to the Nazis. Seventy five years on, we know the profound significance of these trials. Not only was the full scale of Nazis’ cruelty brought to light, but at the same time modern international criminal law was...
Aug 2, 2019, 11:21 AM
75 years on, remembering the Roma victims of the Nazis
On the evening of 2 August 1944, the ‘Gypsy Family Camp’ at Auschwitz-Birkenau was ‘liquidated’ under orders from Heinrich Himmler. Following weeks of deportations, all 2,897 remaining Roma and Sinti men, women and children were taken to the gas chambers and murdered. In total, 200,000...
Jan 25, 2019, 11:51 AM
With rising intolerance, Holocaust Memorial Day is more vital than ever
It doesn’t take long to find these views on social media: “The Holocaust didn’t happen, but it should have.” “The Holocaust is a lie, but what a great idea. Removing 6 million Jews sounds like a wonderful plan.” Shockingly, there are many people who hold...
Jan 10, 2019, 11:46 AM
Dignified service so long overdue
The Nazi regime deliberately made Jews appear as ‘the other’, encouraging stereotypical caricatures that demeaned and dehumanised them. In death camps, Nazis stripped away everything physical – prisoners’ clothes, hair, even gold teeth – and tried to strip away their dignity and humanity, too. We...
Dec 7, 2018, 2:33 PM
Seventy years since the world took a stand against genocide
‘It is vital that we do everything in our power to ensure that these things never happen again, anywhere in the world.’ This comment was made by Helen Aronson, a survivor of the Holocaust. I have had the privilege to work with Helen – a...
Mar 13, 2018, 5:28 PM
Oskar Groening died a guilty man
The fact that Oskar Groening never served his sentence does not negate his guilt, but it is frustrating for so many of us who wanted to see a measure of justice for his actions in enabling the Holocaust. Groening was convicted of being an accessory...
Jan 18, 2018, 1:37 PM
This HMD, consider the power words possess
Of all the horrific aspects of the Holocaust, I always think the speed with which it came about is one of the most terrifying. In 1931, would any German – Jew or non-Jew – have thought that within 10 short years there would be ghettoes...
Jan 27, 2017, 2:29 PM
Art as a response to the horrors of the Holocaust
“Sing their names like prayer.” This line comes from Birdsong, a poem commissioned by the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust from Gillian Clarke, the former National Poet of Wales. We invited members of the public to read the text on our website or listen to a...
Olivia is the Chief executive, Holocaust Memorial Day Trust