Blog – Holocaust
2 Jul 2019 by CST
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.
28 Jun 2019 by CST
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.
1 Feb 2019 by CST
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.
27 Jan 2019 by CST
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.
23 Oct 2018 by CST
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
27 Apr 2018 by CST
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.
11 Apr 2018 by CST
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.
6 Feb 2018 by CST
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.
26 Jan 2018 by Dave Rich
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.
27 Jan 2017 by CST
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
25 Jan 2017 by Dave Rich
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.
20 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
19 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
16 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
14 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
13 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
11 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
10 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
9 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
9 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
7 Oct 2016 by CST
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.
25 Sep 2016 by CST
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.
4 Jul 2016 by CST
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.
20 May 2016 by Mark Gardner
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.
8 May 2016 by CST
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.
15 Apr 2016 by CST
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.
27 Jan 2016 by CST
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.
26 Oct 2015 by CST
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.
27 Jan 2015 by CST
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. CSTs work is driven by such lessons. We combat antisemitism.
25 Mar 2014 by CST
Channel 4 has paid Holocaust-denier David Irving £3,000 for what is claimed to be a lock of Hitlers 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…
27 Jan 2014 by CST
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…
24 Jan 2014 by CST
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…
8 Jan 2014 by CST
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…
1 Oct 2013 by CST
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…
19 Apr 2013 by CST
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…
5 Apr 2013 by CST
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…
28 Jan 2013 by CST
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…
25 Jan 2013 by CST
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 Partys Lee Jasper is here.) …
23 Jan 2013 by CST
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…
18 Jan 2013 by CST
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 IHRCs role in Londons annual version of the Iranian-inspired anti-Israel hate festival, Quds Day, replete with Hizbollah assault r…
13 Dec 2012 by CST
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…
9 Mar 2012 by CST
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 Netanyahus fears over I…
23 Feb 2012 by CST
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, …
14 Feb 2012 by CST
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…
24 Nov 2011 by Mark Gardner
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…
23 Aug 2011 by CST
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…
27 Jan 2011 by CST
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…
24 Jan 2011 by CST
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…
26 Nov 2010 by CST
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…
22 Nov 2010 by CST
Recent posts on CST Blog have included sections and summaries from CSTs 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 …
24 Aug 2010 by CST
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…
7 Jul 2010 by CST
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…
17 Jun 2010 by CST
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…
21 May 2010 by CST
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. …
10 May 2010 by CST
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,…