Latest Remembrance Day News

  • Holocaust bookkeeper found guilty. Was he really just a ‘cog in the gears’? Wed, Jul 15, 2015

    Oskar Gröning was sentenced to four years in prison in a court ruling on Wednesday in Germany for complicity in mass murder. The 94-year-old ex-Schutzstaffel (SS) soldier was part of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's paramilitary unit and worked at the Auschwitz concentration camp plundering valuables from the suitcases of Hungarian Jews as the prisoners walked off trains and into gas chambers. More »

  • Turkish elections: Turkey's Kurd-hating Grey Wolves spreading neo-nazi poison …
    Turkish elections: Turkey's Kurd-hating Grey Wolves spreading neo-nazi poison … Fri, Jun 5, 2015

    The movement is spearheaded by the Nationalist Movement Party, or MHP, which has already been labelled a far-right extremist group by several scholars. Particularly troubling is the MHP's paramilitary youth wing, the so-called 'Grey Wolves.' Although the current leader Devlet Bahceli, has tried to reform the party, its violent ways have yet to be curbed. The reason for the ban is simple: the Grey Wolves have been responsible for a series of crimes, especially in the 1970s and 1980s. More »

  • Charities 'not a factor' in death
    Charities 'not a factor' in death Mon, May 18, 2015

    The family of one of Britain's oldest and longest-serving poppy sellers has defended charities that persistently contacted her and said they bear no responsibility for her death. More »

  • Dedicated Poppy Seller Found Dead In Gorge
    Dedicated Poppy Seller Found Dead In Gorge Fri, May 15, 2015

    A woman who is believed to have sold around 30,000 poppies during decades of fundraising for the Royal British Legion was found dead just two days before the 70th anniversary of VE Day. Olive Cooke's body was discovered at Avon Gorge in Bristol last week. The 92-year-old dedicated 76 years of her life to raising money for the Royal British Legion and began selling the poppies in 1938 when she was 16. Mrs Cooke, who lived in Fishponds, was inspired by her father, who set up a Royal British Legion branch in Bedminster in Bristol. More »

  • As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide
    As Armenia marks 1915 massacre, Berlin calls it genocide Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    By Margarita Antidze and Hasmik Mkrtchyan YEREVAN (Reuters) - Armenia marked the centenary on Friday of a mass killing of Armenians by Ottoman Turks with a simple flower-laying ceremony attended by foreign leaders as Germany became the latest country to respond to its calls for recognition that it was genocide. Turkey denies the killing of up to 1.5 million Armenians in what is now Turkey in 1915, at the height of World War One, constitutes genocide and relations with Armenia are still blighted by the dispute. Parliament in Germany, Turkey's biggest trade partner in the European Union, risked a diplomatic rupture with Ankara and upsetting its own many ethnic Turkish residents by joining the many Western scholars and two dozen countries to use the word. Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Friday he "shared the pain" of Armenians, but as recently as Thursday he again rejected the description of the killings as genocide and has shown no sign of changing his mind. More »

  • Holocaust descendants in US sue France's railway over 'genocide' …
    Holocaust descendants in US sue France's railway over 'genocide' … Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Descendants of Holocaust victims have filed a US lawsuit claiming France's national railway seized the property of tens of thousands of Jews and others sent to Nazi concentration camps. More »

  • Key facts on the disputed Armenian genocide
    Key facts on the disputed Armenian genocide Fri, Apr 24, 2015

    Armenians around the world mark the centenary of the start of World War I mass killings of their kin by Ottoman Turks in what they insist was a genocide -- a term fiercely rejected by Turkey. More »

  • Ukraine, in snub to Moscow, to adopt British war-time symbol, ditch Soviet war …
    Ukraine, in snub to Moscow, to adopt British war-time symbol, ditch Soviet war … Wed, Apr 22, 2015

    By Natalia Zinets and Pavel Polityuk KIEV (Reuters) - Ukraine, in a break with tradition that is certain to rile Moscow, is ditching the Soviet name for World War Two and aims to adopt the poppy, a mainly British wartime symbol, to mark the 70th anniversary of the victory over Nazi Germany. The moves, signalled by Prime Minister Arseny Yatseniuk on Wednesday, marked an attempt by Kiev to distance itself from Moscow's Soviet-style celebrations, planned for May 9, as the conflict with Russian-backed separatists in eastern Ukraine drags on. In another break with the Soviet past, Kiev will align its calendar with that of its European allies by adding for the first time May 8 - known in the West as Victory in Europe Day - as a national holiday. A decree signed by President Petro Poroshenko fixed May 8 as a day for reconciliation between those Ukrainians who fought only the Nazis with those who, after the war, went on to fight Soviet rule also. More »

  • Ankara's trigger button: Armenian 'genocide'
    Ankara's trigger button: Armenian 'genocide' Tue, Apr 21, 2015

    As the centenary of the mass killings nears, Turkish officials will lambast anyone who dares uses the 'G-word'. More »

  • Robert Kennedy Jr. backs off 'holocaust' in vaccine debate
    Robert Kennedy Jr. backs off 'holocaust' in vaccine debate Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) — Robert Kennedy Jr. on Monday apologized for describing the number of children injured by vaccines as "a holocaust" during a film screening last week. More »

  • Holocaust Remembrance Day to be honored with play readings
    Holocaust Remembrance Day to be honored with play readings Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    NEW YORK (AP) — Celebrities including Kathleen Turner and Ellen Burstyn will honor Holocaust Remembrance Day on Monday by reading plays that deal with that dark time in history. More »

  • Children of Holocaust survivors inherit the role of witness
    Children of Holocaust survivors inherit the role of witness Mon, Apr 13, 2015

    KFAR HAROEH, Israel (AP) — When David Hershkoviz was a child, he used to wake up in the middle of the night to the sound of his mother screaming in her sleep, knowing that she was reliving the horrors of the Holocaust. More »

  • Hackers hit Israeli websites after Anonymous threats Tue, Apr 7, 2015

    Pro-Palestinian hackers disrupted Israeli websites on Tuesday, following threats from the Anonymous hacking collective that it would carry out an "electronic Holocaust," though Israeli cyber ... More »

  • Slavery Remembrance Day: UK Government abetting Modern Slavery with domestic …
    Slavery Remembrance Day: UK Government abetting Modern Slavery with domestic … Wed, Mar 25, 2015

    It is fitting that today on the International Day of Remembrance for the Victims of Slavery and the Transatlantic Slave Trade, the Lords gather to discuss the Modern Slavery Bill. Unfortunately, instead of celebrating a big success that is the passing of the first comprehensive bill tackling modern slavery, we are here today wondering if the Parliamentarians stand alongside the government to become complicit in the slavery of migrant domestic workers. Every year there are around 15,000 people, mostly women, arriving in the UK on the so-called Overseas Domestic Workers (ODW) visa. It is a special six-month visa for workers who arrive in Britain together with the employers for whom they worked prior to their arrival. More »

  • Toronto Police Find Mystery Tunnellers
    Toronto Police Find Mystery Tunnellers Mon, Mar 2, 2015

    Police digging into the mystery of a tunnel found near a Toronto sports centre have said the builders posed no threat to the city but have refused to reveal its purpose. The 10-metre-long tunnel was discovered by a conservation officer in a secluded forest near York University on 14 January. Describing it as "warm and comfortable inside", Deputy Police Chief Mark Saunders said he believed the tunnel was only for use in winter. More »

  • Police Appeal To Solve Toronto Tunnel Mystery
    Police Appeal To Solve Toronto Tunnel Mystery Wed, Feb 25, 2015

    Police in Toronto are appealing for help to solve the mystery of a tunnel found near a sports centre at the city's York University. It was discovered after a local conservation officer came across a large mound of earth in woodland yards from a perimeter fence. More »

  • Toronto police stumped by mysterious tunnel
    Toronto police stumped by mysterious tunnel Tue, Feb 24, 2015

    TORONTO (AP) — Police are asking for the public's help in trying to determine who built a mysterious underground tunnel near York University in Toronto. More »

  • At Argentina bomb site, deja vu and fading hope for justice
    At Argentina bomb site, deja vu and fading hope for justice Tue, Feb 3, 2015

    By Brian Winter BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - Anita Weinstein was on the second floor of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires on July 18, 1994 when the ceiling and walls collapsed from the force of a truck bomb outside. The emotions of that day came rushing back two weeks ago, when her daughter called with news that Alberto Nisman, the prosecutor investigating the bombing at the Argentine Israelite Mutual Association (AMIA), had been found dead with a bullet to the head in his Buenos Aires apartment. "And then, once that passed, the same fear that we may never know what really happened." Survivors of the AMIA bombing and many other Argentines are losing hope that either Nisman's death or the 1994 attack will ever be solved, pointing to their government's often erratic behaviour and a long national history of murky political crimes for which no one gets punished. Many at the AMIA, which has been rebuilt, refer to Nisman as "the 86th death" - a reference to the 85 who died in what has been called the deadliest attack on a Jewish target since World War Two, and Nisman's own dedication to the cause. More »

  • Jews in Greek city Thessaloniki remember Holocaust
    Jews in Greek city Thessaloniki remember Holocaust Sun, Feb 1, 2015

    Thessaloniki, Greece (AP) — Members of the Jewish community in the northern Greek city Thessaloniki are celebrating Holocaust Remembrance Day, alongside Greek authorities and foreign diplomats. More »

  • Dozens detained in Austrian ball protests Fri, Jan 30, 2015

    Austrian police detained dozens of protesters during violent demonstrations on Friday against an annual ball in Vienna's imperial Hofburg palace that traditionally draws right-wing figures. Around 5,000 demonstrators, many from abroad, took to the streets of Austria's capital to protest against the so-called Academics' Ball, part of the annual Viennese ball season, which was hosted by the far-right Freedom Party. The formal ball, which in past years has attracted such far-right luminaries as French National Front leader Marine le Pen, is now an annual flashpoint for clashes with leftist opponents of the event. More »

  • At root of Argentina spy intrigue - a deal with Iran Thu, Jan 29, 2015

    By Brian Winter and Nicolás Misculin BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) - President Cristina Fernandez has portrayed Argentina's spy agency as sinister, accountable to no one, and possibly responsible for the mysterious death of a prominent prosecutor in his Buenos Aires apartment. As a result, Fernandez declared this week, the Intelligence Secretariat needs to be totally shut down - and a new agency built from scratch. They say Fernandez has been in open conflict with her own spy agency for two years, following a deal in which she enlisted Iran's help to investigate the 1994 bombing of a Jewish community centre in Buenos Aires that killed 85 people. More »

  • Israel says 2 rockets from Syria strike Golan Heights Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — At least two rockets launched from Syria struck the Israeli-controlled Golan Heights on Tuesday and Israel responded with artillery fire, the military said. More »

  • From 'evacuation' to 'liberation': the Nazi death camps
    From 'evacuation' to 'liberation': the Nazi death camps Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    Seventy years after the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, ageing survivors gathered at the site synonymous with the Holocaust on Tuesday -- also International Holocaust Remembrance Day -- as world leaders called attention to rising incidents of anti-Semitism. More »

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2015: We must stop denying the Armenian Genocide by Ottoman …
    Holocaust Memorial Day 2015: We must stop denying the Armenian Genocide by Ottoman … Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    According to Prime Minster David Cameron, a national service of commemoration at the Cenotaph in London on Anzac Day, 25 April, 2015, will be a high-profile UK-Led event arranged in co-operation with the governments of Australia and New Zealand, who have held a ceremony there on that date for the last 98 years. Unsurprisingly, the prime minister's announcement also includes a UK-led Commonwealth and Ireland ceremony at the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Helles Memorial in Turkey on 24 April, 2015, the eve of the Gallipoli landings. Armenian people across the world have been commemorating the Armenian Genocide on 24 April every year. The British Armenian Community has petitioned Downing Street every year calling for official recognition of the veracity of the Armenian Genocide by the government in the UK, urging our successive prime ministers to stop the denial of the first genocide of 20th Century and complying with Turkey's policy of unjust denial. More »

  • Nazi Hunter: 'Auschwitz of the Balkans' drives me to keep chasing Hitler's …
    Nazi Hunter: 'Auschwitz of the Balkans' drives me to keep chasing Hitler's … Tue, Jan 27, 2015

    This year, as we mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day on the seventieth anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, I would like to share a personal story with our readers. I am often asked how I deal with the numerous obstacles obstructing justice and the frustrations of seeing so many Nazi war criminals who committed terrible crimes and whom we were finally able to track down and expose, escape trial and punishment due to lack of political will or because of illness and/or death. The most important case I dealt with in the more than 30 years of Nazi-hunting was that of Dinko Sakic, one of five commanders of the notorious Jasenovac concentration camp established by the Croatian satellite state of Nazi Germany in 1941, where tens of thousands of innocent Serbs, Jews, Roma and anti-fascist Croatians were murdered by the Ustasha Croatian fascists who ran the camp. Nicknamed the "Auschwitz of the Balkans," Jasenovac was a camp notorious for the cruelty of the commanders and the guards , who routinely tortured the inmates and invented unique murder methods to increase the suffering of their victims. More »

  • Europe's Jewish leader fears 'exodus' over rising extremism
    Europe's Jewish leader fears 'exodus' over rising extremism Mon, Jan 26, 2015

    Europe is facing a new Jewish exodus in the face of rising anti-Semitism and extremism, the head of the European Jewish Congress (EJC) said Monday. More »

  • Israel's Rivlin in first US visit for UN Holocaust memorial
    Israel's Rivlin in first US visit for UN Holocaust memorial Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    Israeli President Reuven Rivlin left Sunday on his first official visit to the United States, where he will address a UN session marking 70 years since the end of the Holocaust. More »

  • Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers
    Seventy years on, a 'Soviet' liberator of Auschwitz remembers Sun, Jan 25, 2015

    It was the silence, the smell of ashes and the boundless surrounding expanse that struck Soviet soldier Ivan Martynushkin when his unit arrived in January 1945 to liberate the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz. More »

  • 70 years after Auschwitz liberation, a survivor remembers
    70 years after Auschwitz liberation, a survivor remembers Fri, Jan 23, 2015

    JERUSALEM (AP) — Marta Wise was ill and emaciated when she heard the distant sound of soldiers marching toward Auschwitz. The 10-year-old Slovakian Jew assumed it was German troops coming to get her but once she saw the red stars on their uniforms she realized they were Russian. Her nightmare was over. She was liberated. More »

  • Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation
    Putin will not go to Auschwitz for 70th anniversary of liberation Tue, Jan 13, 2015

    Russian President Vladimir Putin will not attend ceremonies in Poland for the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau Nazi concentration camp, his spokesman said on Tuesday. More »

  • Illustrating a History of Inhumanity
    Illustrating a History of Inhumanity Thu, Jan 8, 2015

    Last year, the Ghetto Museum at the Terezin Memorial, located on the site of a former Nazi concentration camp in the Czech Republic, mounted an exhibition tracing Europe’s long history of anti-Semitism. “All This Has Come Upon Us ... ” took viewers through incidents of prejudice that laid the groundwork for the Holocaust in 42 paintings, from Egyptian to modern times. With the recent upswing of anti-Semitic demonstrations throughout Eastern and Western Europe, the images resonate today and are now being reproduced in a limited edition archival print portfolio. More »

  • Survivors commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack
    Survivors commemorate 73rd anniversary of Pearl Harbor attack Sun, Dec 7, 2014

    By Treena Shapiro HONOLULU (Reuters) - For the fifth year in a row, Lou Conter made the trip to Honolulu from his Alta Sierra, California, home to remember his USS Arizona shipmates who died in the surprise air attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Before the 73rd commemoration ceremony started on the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center's main lawn on Sunday morning, Conter said that he and other survivors started gathering in Honolulu in 1991, and he now plans to come every year that he's able. It's not about him, he noted. ... More »

  • Clashes at Greek demos to remember teen killed by police
    Clashes at Greek demos to remember teen killed by police Sat, Dec 6, 2014

    Demonstrations in Greece to mark the sixth anniversary of the death of a teenager at the hands of police descended into violence Saturday, with officers using tear gas and water cannon against protesters throwing stones and Molotov cocktails. More »

  • UK government to pay off £1.9bn First World War debt
    UK government to pay off £1.9bn First World War debt Wed, Dec 3, 2014

    The UK government will repay all of the nation's debt from the First World War, George Osborne is expected to announce. More »

  • 3 men in UK court over beheading plot Thu, Nov 20, 2014

    LONDON (AP) — Three men have appeared in a British court accused of planning terrorism acts that reportedly included a beheading plot. More »