Developments in Jewish/Christian Relations


Three British men honoured with Holocaust hero medals for saving starving Jewish girl

March 28 2015 Three British men who risked their lives to save a young Jewish girl in Nazi-occupied Poland were honoured yesterday with “Holocaust hero” medals. William Fisher, Edwin Hambling and Bill Keeble were among 10 British prisoners of war who smuggled the starving teenager, Sara Rigler, into the PoW camp where they were being held in 1945. They hid her and cared for her, at risk of being executed if the guards had discovered her. She went to America after the war and wrote a book about her saviours. Yesterday’s presentation in London of Holocaust medals to the men’s families, including Mr Keeble’s niece Sue McEldon, means all 10 of Sa...
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STATEMENT IN THE WAKE OF RECENT ACTS OF VIOLENCE

The Sisters of Sion condemn the recent shocking acts of religiously motivated violence.  During this past week, innocent civilians have been murdered in Copenhagen, one of whom was Jewish, as he protected congregants inside a synagogue as a Bat Mitzvah was being celebrated.  We have also witnessed the execution of Coptic Christians in Libya and the murder of three Muslims in the USA. We stand in solidarity with Jews, Christians and Muslims worldwide, especially the Jewish community in Copenhagen and Christians across the Middle East.  We offer our sincere condolences to the families and friends of those who have been murdered.  We are deeply concerned about the rise of...
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Board brings imams to Paris for emotional reconciliation visit

The Board’s Edwin Shuker accompanied a group of six British imams on an emotional visit to Paris on Sunday 1 February 2015 to meet and express solidarity with representatives of the French Jewish community following the recent terror attacks. The imams approached Board senior vice president Laura Marks to investigate the possibility of a visit and it was organised within 48 hours. The imams, who included two women, one of them a religious judge, met representatives of CRIF (Conseil Representatif des Institutions Juives de France)  on Sunday afternoon and the meeting was recorded for local TV. The group then travelled to the Hypercacher, the kosher supermarket where four F...
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Holocaust Memorial Day 2015

  27 January 2015 is Holocaust Memorial Day. It also marks the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau - the infamous Nazi death camp. Russian troops liberated the camp on this day in 1945. 2015 also sees the 20th anniversary of the Genocide in Srebrenica, Bosnia. It's particularly appropriate that the theme for this major anniversary year focuses on memory. In a year of anniversaries, it's also 50 years after Nostra Aetate - the Second Vatican Council's Declaration on the Relation of the Church with Non-Christian Religions. All are encouraged to participate in local events to mark Holocaust Memorial Day.  Download Materials for use in parishes...
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Tales from Auschwitz: survivor stories

Tuesday 27 January is the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. Six survivors, some of whom will be returning to the site for the last time, tell Kate Connolly their stories. Read full article
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