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Heaney leads Irish tribute to survivors of Holocaust

By Allison Bray
Monday January 28 2008

POET Seamus Heaney led a solemn tribute to the six million victims of the Holocaust and its survivors at a special memorial service last night marking Holocaust Memorial Day.
The Nobel laureate and guest of honour read an excerpt from his poem ‘A Sofa in the Forties’ decrying the vast ignorance that surrounded the annihilation of the Jews.

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Survivors from past and present genocides join to remember and reflect

Updated: 27/Jan/2008 21:01

LONDON (EJP)—The Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) was joined by an Holocaust survivor and a refugee from Darfur, at a special event earlier this week to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day at the Houses of Parliament in London.

The event, hosted by MEP Louise Ellman, MP focused on the theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2008, ‘Imagine…Remember, Reflect, React.’

Dr Henry Oster, the only remaining member of his family of nineteen after surviving both Auschwitz-Birkenau and Buchenwald, and Mohamed Ibrahim, joined a panel alongside Karen Pollock HET Chief Executive, shared their paralleling experiences of persecution, intolerance and racism in their individual and diverse home countries and periods of time.

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BBC NEWS
City’s events mark Holocaust day

The trust wants to challenge people to imagine the unimaginable
Events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day are being held across London.
Multi-faith ceremonies, talks, dramatic performances, concerts, guided walks and film screenings are taking place in many of the capital’s boroughs.

Commemorative multi-faith services are to be held in Barnet, Haringey, Lewisham, Tower Hamlets and Romford.

Events in other areas will continue until Friday to remind people about the millions of victims of Nazi persecution and other genocides since then.

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TREND NEWS

Victims of Holocaust Remembered Today
28.01.08 00:06

( BBC ) – More than 100 Holocaust survivors have gathered for a national service marking the 62nd anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camps.

Survivors and their families joined a 1,200-strong audience at the Theatre Royal in Newcastle to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day.

Victims of other atrocities, such as those in Cambodia, Bosnia and Rwanda, were also remembered.

Speakers included Chief Rabbi Sir Jonathan Sacks and minister Ruth Kelly.

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THE GAZETTE: CANADA

Holocaust survivor remembers
James Mennie, The Gazette
Published: Sunday, January 27
They came for him when he was 15.

Paul Herczeg was a fifth generation Hungarian, the youngest child of a family that lived in a Budapest suburb and wasn’t particularly religious.

“We were assimilated. I didn’t speak Yiddish, my parents didn’t speak Yiddish even my grandparents didn’t speak it,” he recalls.
But they were Jews, and for the Nazis that occupied Hungary in 1944, that was enough.

So now, 64 years later and on a day of international commemoration of the victims of the Holocaust, Herczeg can sit at a table at Montreal’s Holocaust Memorial Centre and describe himself to a room full of listeners as “a graduate of both Auschwitz and Dachau.”

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