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January 24, 2003

The Holocaust — still crucial to our identity
On Sunday, the third Holocaust Memorial Day will take place, with the theme of children. Gaby Wine asked young people how they felt about the greatest human atrocity of our time.

Jo Elias, aged 20, Cambridge Theology student:

“The Holocaust is an essential part of our Jewish identity. The [1961] Eichmann Trial in Israel was one of the most important moments for the Jewish people. Those he had wanted to destroy now had self-determination and were able to prosecute him under their own judiciary system.”

“We are now in a new era in terms of how Jews are perceived. During the Holocaust, we were seen as lambs to the slaughter. We are no longer seen as a weak nation and have our own land. Israel and the Holocaust are inseparable. We owe it to the people who died, to support the state