• Antisemitism, Holocaust Denial and Distortion: How to identify it and challenge the narrative

    My organisation, the Community Security Trust, is a charity that provides security for the Jewish community and supports victims of antisemitism – or anti-Jewish racism. We research antisemitism so we can understand it better and we try to educate people to help them recognise it when it appears.I’m going to start by talking about Holocaust Denial – the bizarre and outrageous phenomenon whereby people deny that the Holocaust even happened.

  • Challenging the Nazi Card

    On 27 June, CST was among the experts and communal representatives who had the privilege of briefing Ahmed Shaheed, the United Nations Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Religion or Belief. This was one of many roundtable discussions being held around the world by the UN Rapporteur, as he researches and produces a report on antisemitism, to be given later this year to the UN General Assembly in New York.    

  • CST remembers the Holocaust in 2019

    1 February 2019

    Holocaust Memorial Day is a time for communal and national reflection on the atrocities of the Holocaust, in which six million Jews perished at the hands of the Nazis. This year the theme for Holocaust Memorial Day was ‘Torn from Home’. Services and educational resources reflected on those who have been driven out of their homes, because of persecution or the threat of genocide, alongside the continuing difficulties genocide survivors face as they try to create new homes.   

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2019

    27 January 2019

    Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorated annually on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is a reminder of what extreme and unhindered racism, xenophobia and antisemitism can lead to. The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day 2019 is ‘Torn from Home.’ When we reflect on the Holocaust, as Jews, we remember the six million of our kin who were murdered by the Nazi regime in Europe, simply for being Jewish.   

  • An obituary for Holocaust denial

    Convicted Holocaust denier, Robert Faurisson died this week in Vichy, France. Faurisson not only denied the deaths of 6 million Jews in Europe, but also unapologetically mocked the Holocaust. Renowned French historian Valerie Igounet, labelled him a “forger.” Faurisson died the day after addressing an event organised by assistant editor of the UK far-right publication, Heritage and Destiny. Before the end of the event, when the Shepperton hotel management who were unwittingly hosting the event, realised the true nature of what was going on in their hotel, the management “demanded” the conference ended, and when met with opposition from the Holocaust deniers, the meeting was forcibly finished.   

  • Holocaust survivor, Susan Pollack MBE, delivers moving account to CST staff, volunteers and their families

    CST was delighted to host Susan Pollack MBE, a Holocaust survivor and educator, to speak about her experiences growing up during the Holocaust. CST works to tackle antisemitism in modern day Britain and to protect the Jewish community and over 200 CST staff, volunteers and their families attended last night. It is crucial to hear the testimony of those who experienced what the worst forms of antisemitism can lead to.   

  • Yom HaShoah: The testimony of Sidonia Z”L

    11 April 2018

    On account of Yom HaShoah today, CST wanted to share a personal message. Yom HaShoah is observed as Israel’s day of commemoration for the six million Jews who were murdered in the Holocaust. In July, a Holocaust survivor, Sidonia (Sidi) Z”L, the grandmother of a CST staff member, passed away in the United States, aged 93. Sidonia survived three concentration camps: Auschwitz, Stutthof and Prost.

  • Ten Jewish women who fought antisemitism and saved Jewish lives

    6 February 2018

    Today marks the 100 year anniversary of women over 30 being the giving the right to vote for the first time. The Representation of the People Act, which became law on 6 February 1918, was partial but furthered the ongoing fight for gender equality. In honour of this day, and in celebration of the work women have done to achieve equality, CST commemorates ten, out of many, Jewish women whose heroism, in fighting against antisemitism and prejudice from the biblical age until the World War II, should be celebrated.   

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2018: how the Holocaust swept away European Jewish soccer

    Imagine the world’s leading soccer league — the English Premier League, say, or Spain’s La Liga — being won by a Jewish club, with a Jewish name, Jewish owners, Jewish fans and Jewish players wearing a kit bearing a large Star of David. Imagine those players and fans regularly receiving anti-Semitic abuse and violence, but still playing and winning as proud Jews. Then imagine this club attracting worldwide acclaim before being closed down by an antisemitic government and the team’s founders and players fleeing to exile, going into hiding or, in many cases, being murdered.   

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2017

    27 January 2017

    Holocaust Memorial Day is commemorated annually on the anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, where over one million people were murdered. It serves to remind humanity of what extreme unhindered racism, xenophobia and antisemitism can lead to.   

  • Antisemitism today: CST’s Dave Rich addresses Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office

    CST’s Dr Dave Rich spoke earlier this morning at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office ’s Holocaust Memorial Day commemoration. Holocaust survivor Dorit Oliver-Woolff gave a moving testimony of her experiences during the Second World War and other speakers included HE Ambassador Mark Regev, Professor Yehuda Bauer, The Rt Hon Sir Eric Pickles MP and The RT Hon Baroness Anelay of St John’s DBE. The full text of Dave Rich’s speech is reproduced below.

  • Lessons Learned: Taking on ‘dinner party’ antisemitism

    20 October 2016

    Paki. It’s a hard, ugly word, and it’s one I heard too many times in the high streets and playgrounds of the 1970s and 80s. Today it’s considered completely unacceptable, sitting alongside the N-word in the dictionary of bigotry. I’m sure many of you will even have done a double-take simply when you saw it in print. After all, such racism, prejudice and hatred has no place in decent society.   

  • Lessons Learned: What Hitler said about the Jews before he came to power

    19 October 2016

    Just what did Hitler think about the Jews when he was a young, struggling politician in the aftermath of the First World War, long before he came to power? It’s an important question to ask, especially in the light of recent political controversy about the Nazis and the Jews.   

  • Lessons Learned: Why I told young people how I survived

    16 October 2016

    At the end of World War II, when I was liberated from Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, the revelation of what had been happening in the occupied countries to Jews and others brought about such revulsion that I thought that antisemitism would be a thing of the past.   

  • Lessons Learned: By remembering, we can look forward with hope

    14 October 2016

    The Jewish community in Scotland is a small but vitally important part of our national life. We are proud of the contribution that Scottish Jews make to our communities, to our national life and as active members of the Scottish National Party. As parliamentarians and political leaders we must be unequivocally clear that there can be absolutely no room for complacency when it comes to tackling antisemitism.

  • Lessons Learned: We must fight this battle through education

    13 October 2016

    On his recent visit to London, the Chief Rabbi of France, Haïm Korsia, shared with me what his father used to tell him when he was a child: “a country that tore itself apart about the fate of an obscure Jewish artillery captain is a country where there will always be hope and room for us”. These words resonated with me.   

  • Lessons Learned: Standing together in tolerance, acceptance and respect

    11 October 2016

    One of the most humbling experiences I’ve ever had was my very first official engagement as Mayor of London. Along with the Chief Rabbi and many Londoners from the Jewish community, I joined over a hundred Holocaust survivors for Yom HaShoah. It was a privilege to meet Holocaust survivors and their families and to hear their remarkable stories - stories that will stay with me forever. That day, we stood together to reflect, honour and remember the six million Jewish lives that were lost during the Holocaust and the lives lost in subsequent genocides.

  • Lessons Learned: The boundaries of responsible discourse

    10 October 2016

    No-one enjoys being on the receiving end of an insult. Yet, it is a sad indictment of our times that insults of a certain mode can become the norm. In politics and the celebrity world they are widespread and likely to be considered the ‘price of doing business’. Prime Minister’s Questions offers a useful illustration of this phenomenon. Once a week, the men and women whom we have elected to represent us in Parliament trade jibes and insults. It is rarely out of genuine malice – in the modern world, that is just how the game is played.

  • Why we must protect the memory of Cable Street

    Today sees events marking the 80 th anniversary of the Battle of Cable Street, when antisemitic fascists were prevented from marching through what was then the Jewish East End of London.  Former CST Chief Executive, Richard Benson, has the following article, summarising the memory of the event and what it means to CST.

  • Lessons Learned: Vigilance and resolution: Living antidotes to an ancient virus

    9 October 2016

    Antisemitism is an insidious evil. The habits of antisemitism have been burrowing into European and British culture for as long as we can remember. In England, during the late mediaeval period, the Jewish community faced constant persecution: Shylock, the great villain of the Merchant of Venice, was a cliché of his time. By the time Cromwell reopened England to Jewish settlement under the Commonwealth in the 1650s, antisemitism had mutated within common parlance and culture.   

  • Lessons Learned: From post-war British fascists to modern day antisemitism

    7 October 2016

    I have spent my entire adult life opposing antisemitism and fascism. In that time, much has changed, but the fundamentals of the problem and how to deal with it have not. In the 1950s and 60s, Jews in post-war Britain faced antisemitic abuse and attacks from fascists and open Nazis. Jews needed to be physically defended on the streets, which meant standing up and fighting back. That is what we did and I am proud to have played my part.

  • Lessons learned? Reflections on antisemitism and the Holocaust

    25 September 2016

    Today, CST and the Holocaust Educational Trust (HET) are launching an important and timely collection of short essays authored by a distinguished group of faith, civic and political leaders.

  • Elie Wiesel Z”L

    4 July 2016

    CST is deeply saddened by the news that Holocaust survivor, professor, political activist and Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel has died. Wiesel was born in Transylvania, now part of Romania, and at the age of 15 the Nazis occupied the country, casting a dark shadow on the large Jewish population residing there. Elie was deported to Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland, where 90% of the Romanian Jewish population was murdered upon arrival. Wiesel’s younger sister and mother were both killed at the camp, and Wiesel and his father were further deported to Buchenwald in Germany, where his father was murdered just weeks before the camp was liberated by the US Third Army in April 1945. 

  • Ken Livingstone's chopped liver

    Ken Livingstone is a left-wing anti-Nazi anti-racist former Mayor of London. David Irving is not, but was briefly famous for having lost a Holocaust Denial trial. Livingstone and Irving could never be accused of being natural bedfellows. There are, however, similarities.

  • Eyewitness account of the beginning of the liquidation of the Warsaw ghetto

    8 May 2016

    Yom Hashoah is upon us. As it is no doubt for many of you, it is a deeply personal day for me. My four grandparents survived the Holocaust. My paternal grandparents, Abe and Miriam, survived Auschwitz-Birkenau. My maternal grandmother, Helen, was hidden and saved by her Christian neighbours, who rightfully were later declared חסידי אומות העולם - Righteous Among the Nations. Finally, my maternal grandfather, Morris, survived the Warsaw Ghetto, as well as 9 concentration and death camps including Majdanek, Plaszow and Theresienstadt.

  • Thursday 14th April 2016 – a day I will never forget

    15 April 2016

    Thursday 14th April 2016 was a day I fulfilled a sense of obligation and something that I see as every Jew’s duty, regardless of “how Jewish” you are. Thursday 14th April 2016 I went to Auschwitz.

  • Holocaust Memorial Day 2016

    27 January 2016

    Holocaust Memorial Day, commemorated annually on the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Bikenau, is a reminder of what extreme and unhindered racism, xenophobia and antisemitism can lead to.   

  • David Cesarani z"l

    26 October 2015

    CST is deeply saddened by the news that Professor David Cesarani OBE has passed away at the age of 58. Our thoughts are with his family at this difficult time.

  • Now and then. HMD reflections.

    27 January 2015

    Holocaust Memorial Day, the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, is our annual reminder of what antisemitism, racism and totalitarian extremism can lead to. CST’s work is driven by such lessons. We combat antisemitism.

  • Bald-faced liar in hair sale shock

    25 March 2014

    Channel 4 has paid Holocaust-denier David Irving £3,000 for what is claimed to be a lock of Hitler’s hair, as part of a programme “Dead Famous DNA” which will be broadcast this week. The Jewish Chronicle quotes a Channel 4 spokesman saying: We wanted to obtain a sample of Hitler's DNA be…

  • Holocaust Memorial Day

    27 January 2014

    These two poems are included in the Holocaust Educational Trust's Suggested Readings for Holocaust Memorial Day 2014. The first poem, The Jewish Shtetl, is by an anonymous writer. The second poem, Shema, is by Primo Levi. The Jewish Shtetl And once, there was a garden, and a child, and…

  • A busy week

    Nicolas Anelka's 'quenelle' and the Football Association's disciplinary process still hog the airwaves and remain hard to escape from. Nevertheless, elsewhere it has been a busy week for antisemitism and related matters. A summary: There is the imminent visit to London of Gabor Vona, leader…

  • BBC, quenelle & Berlin Holocaust Memorial

    This is Alain Soral, a former French Front National member, doing a "quenelle" at the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. Soral was interviewed on BBC's Newsnight by Jeremy Paxman as part of a feature on French antisemite, Dieudonne. (See it here. The Dieudonne feature is from 38min 00sec to 4…

  • Denying the denial in Iran

    1 October 2013

    It is understandable that many people breathed a sigh of relief when Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's term of office as President of Iran came to an end this summer, in the hope that the foul antisemitism and Holocaust denial that marked his Presidency might be consigned to the past. This hope is…

  • Remembering those who fought back

    19 April 2013

    Today is the 70th anniversary of the start of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising on 19th April 1943. To mark this occasion this week's Jewish Chronicle essay, by Martin Winstone of the Holocaust Educational Trust, details the many different ways in which Jews resisted the Nazi Holocaust: The landscape of Holocaust remembrance…

  • Yom HaShoah - Chief Rabbi's Thought For The Day

    5 April 2013

      Below is the Thought For The Day by Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks as broadcast this morning on BBC Radio 4: -   This coming Sunday is Yom HaShoah, the day we in the Jewish community observe our Holocaust Remembrance Day. And this year it will coincide with…

  • Sunday Times, Holocaust Memorial Day: blood and antisemitism.

    28 January 2013

      On Holocaust Memorial Day 2013, the Sunday Times has run a cartoon by its famously acerbic cartoonist, Gerald Scarfe, that depicts Benjamin Netanyahu using blood to cement a wall that he is building, that has parts of bodies trapped within it. (See it here, on the Commentator website.) The bodies…

  • Holocaust Memorial Day abuse part 3: David Ward MP

    25 January 2013

      In recent days, CST Blog has covered two separate examples of the debasement of Holocaust Memorial Day, as we fast approach its annual commemoration on 27th January. (The first, by pro-Iranian group, Islamic Human Rights Commission is here. The second, by the Respect Party’s Lee Jasper is here.) …

  • Holocaust Memorial Day abuse part two: Lee Jasper

    23 January 2013

    Last week, CST blog briefly noted how the far left and Islamists abuse and twist the memory of the Holocaust for their anti-Israel and anti-Zionist purpose. In particular, we noted how the pro-Iranian group, Islamic Human Rights Commission, abuse Holocaust Memorial Day…

  • Genocide Abuse Day

    18 January 2013

    With Holocaust Memorial Day (27th January) fast approaching, so does its annual bastardisation by our local pro-Iranian and pro-Hizbollah fans, the Islamic Human Rights Commission. (See previous CST blog for IHRC’s role in London’s annual version of the Iranian-inspired anti-Israel hate festival, Quds Day, replete with Hizbollah assault r…

  • Rewriting history: Holocaust Revisionism Today

    13 December 2012

    Hope not Hate have published a new ebook charting the changes in Holocaust revisionism since the David Irving libel trial in 2000. Rewriting history: Holocaust Revisionism Today explains the history of neo-Nazi Holocaust revisionism; connections between British revisionists and the Iranian government; and the way that some opponents of Israel either…

  • The Economist’s Pathetic “Auschwitz Complex”

    9 March 2012

    According to an article by “M.S.” on the Economist blog, Israel and its Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu fear Iran because they suffer from “Auschwitz complex”. Furthermore, this “Auschwitz complex” supposedly links with the Jewish festivals of Purim and Passover. At its end, we are told that Netanyahu’s fears over I…

  • Ahmadinejad: Holocaust Denial, destroy Zionism, "Imam Ali, help us".

    As tensions increase concerning Iran's nuclear capabilities and its use of global terrorism, a BBC Monitoring transcript shows President Ahmadinejad denying the Holocaust, "a legend by the name of Holocaust", whilst giving a somewhat apocalyptic address to a rally in Tehran's Azadi Square on 11 February,&nbsp…

  • The Iranian President and the Holocaust Denier

    14 February 2012

    Two years ago, this blog reported on the growing relationship between French performer Dieudonné Mbala Mbala and Iran. Dieudonné repeatedly plays on antisemitic themes in his writings and performances, has previously worked with the French Holocaust Denier Robert Faurisson, and former Front National leader Jean Marie Le Pen…

  • Raise Your Banners & Karl Dallas: You’re All ‘Zionists’ Now

    24 November 2011

    Anti-Zionists usually deflect accusations of antisemitism by saying that they only criticise Zionists, not Jews. The ‘proof’ is usually provided by far left Jewish anti-Zionists: eagerly using their ‘Jewishness’ to all the better abuse the rest of the Jewish (ie ‘Zionist’) community, and the Jewish (ie ‘Zionist’) establishment in particular. Now, th…

  • Latuff and the Guardian

    Today's Guardian carries a profile of Carlos Latuff, the Brazilian cartoonist whose work is used by many anti-Israel, anti-American and anti-globalisation activists in their political campaigning. The Guardian describes Latuff as "The voice of Tripoli", because of his cartoons relating to the Libyan uprising; but their article typifies the superficial…

  • Iran: Marking Holocaust Memorial Day With Holocaust Denial.

    27 January 2011

    On 27 January 1945, the largest Nazi killing camp, Auschwitz-Birkenau, was liberated. Today, 27 January 2011, is Holocaust Memorial Day. On 25 January 2011, an excellent website entitled "The Holocaust Explained" was launched at the Foreign Office by Sir Andrew Burns (UK envoy for post-Holocaust issues) and Michael Gove MP (Secretary…

  • How to trivialise the Holocaust

    24 January 2011

    any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind John Donne's words remind us that every war, massacre, famine, natural disaster or genocide touches all of us, as human beings, whoever we are and whatever the identity of those involved. The idea of comparing different episodes of human…

  • Morning Star readers: don't abuse the Holocaust

    26 November 2010

    On 22 November, CST Blog discussed a series of letters in the Morning Star newspaper that abused the Holocaust in order to attack Israel. CST's article discussed the content of the letters, the manner in which they had been further debased by the headlines given them by the…

  • Morning Star and Abuse of the Holocaust

    22 November 2010

    Recent posts on CST Blog have included sections and summaries from CST’s recently released report, Antisemitic Discourse in Britain in 2009. (The full pdf can be accessed here. 58 pages, including graphics.) The next section of the report that was due to be shown here, was …

  • Arab European League fined for Holocaust Denial cartoon

    24 August 2010

    A Dutch appeals court has found against the Arab European League for publishing a Holocaust Denial cartoon on its website in 2006, according to Reuters:  A Dutch Muslim group was fined 2,500 euros ($3,200) for publishing a cartoon which suggested the Holocaust was made up or exaggerated by Jews, a Dutch appeals…

  • Ayatollah Fadlallah: obituary of an antisemite

    Hezbollah's al-Manar TV has published an obituary of Grand Ayatollah Muhammed Hussein Fadlallah, who died in Lebanon on Sunday, and it makes for eye opening reading. According to al-Manar, Fadlallah encouraged suicide bombing, including against Israeli women and children; believed in a Zionist conspiracy to stretch Israel's borders from the…

  • Birobidjan - a campaign update

    17 June 2010

    Earlier this year, we blogged on the efforts of Michele Renouf, one of Britain's best-known Holocaust deniers, to promote her campaign to have Jews relocate en masse to Birobidjan, a Jewish autonomous region established in the eastern Soviet Union by Stalin in 1934. On that occasion, she was speaking to a…

  • BNP Councillor: "about 300,000 people died in the Jewish Holocaust"

    On 5 May, the Nothing British About the BNP group revealed this ugly photograph, showing Stoke on Trent's first BNP councillor, Steve Batkin, posing in front a war memorial.  Batkin is on the far right of the photograph. (Any pun here is entirely accidental.&nbsp…

  • Dieudonne on Press TV

    Last month, the French performer Dieudonné Mbala Mbala visited London where he had some trouble finding a venue to perform his latest show, due to his record of antisemitic statements in France. This was one of an increasing number of visits to the UK by Dieudonné; in January,…

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