Holocaust Educational Trust Blog

A space for featured guest bloggers and members of the Holocaust Educational Trust team to comment and reflect on timely issues.

Remembering Belsen: The Price of Assistance

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Following the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, relief workers and medical staff entered the camp to provide emergency support. In this blog, Education Officer Jenny Carson looks at the reflections and memories of those who made up the Friends Relief Service. 

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Remembering Belsen: Belsen's Perpetrators

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In the latest of our blogs to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, the Trust’s Education Officer Martin Winstone explores the challenges the camp’s history creates for our understanding of the perpetrators of the Holocaust.

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Remembering Belsen: Thomas Harding

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In our latest blog, author Thomas Harding tells the story of his great-uncle Hanns Alexander who worked on the Belsen Trial in 1945.

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Yom HaShoah: Laura Marks

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As the Jewish community marked Yom HaShoah last week, Senior Vice President of the Board of Deputies of British Jews Laura Marks has blogged on the poignancy of events held in communities across the world.

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Yom HaShoah: Neil Martin

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Today, thousands of people will be gathering at the national Yom HaShoah commemorative event to remember the Holocaust. In this article, originally published in the Jewish News, Yom HaShoah UK Chairman Neil Martin reflects on the importance of the day.

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Remembering Belsen: Professor David Cesarani OBE

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In the latest of our blogs to mark the anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen, historian Professor David Cesarani OBE gives us a brief history of the camp.

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Yom HaShoah: Karen Pollock MBE

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This week, the Jewish community marked Yom HaShoah, a day for remembrance of the Holocaust. Holocaust Educational Trust Chief Executive Karen Pollock MBE reflected on why this day is so important in a comment piece published in the Jewish Chronicle.

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Remembering Belsen: Gillian Walnes MBE

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This week, the Anne Frank Trust launched their #notsilent campaign, inviting people to commemorate the end of Anne Frank's life by reading aloud a one minute passage from her writing. Here, Executive Director & Co-Founder Gillian Walnes MBE blogs on why to remember a remarkable teenager we should all be #notsilent.

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Remembering Belsen: Natasha Lyon

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Today, 15th April, marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen by the 11th Armoured Division. Regional Ambassador Natasha Lyon has blogged on the importance of marking this significant anniversary.

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Remembering Belsen: Gena Turgel MBE

 

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Gena Turgel was born Gena Goldfinger in 1923 in Krakow, Poland. As a Jew she was interned in Krakow Ghetto before being sent first to the Plaszow Concentration Camp and then the concentration and death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau. From here she was forcibly transported to Bergen-Belsen, which was liberated by the British Army on 15th April 1945. In this blog, to mark the 70th anniversary of this event, Gena gives her personal account of the liberation.

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