Welcome to Saint Mary’s Church, Harborne, Birmingham, UK.

Order of St. Augustine.

Archdiocese of Birmingham

“Before all else, live together in harmony, being of one mind and one heart on the way to God.”  St. Augustine.

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In 2005 the United Nations General Assembly designated January 27th as an international day of commemoration to honour the victims of the German Nazi era. This date marks the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, the largest nazi death camp.

The Holocaust, also known as the Shoah, was the World War II genocide of the European Jews. Between 1941 and 1945, across German-occupied Europe, Nazi Germany and its collaborators systematically murdered some six million Jews, around two-thirds of Europe's Jewish population. The murders were carried out in pogroms and mass shootings; by a policy of extermination through work in concentration camps; and in gas chambers and gas vans in German extermination camps, chiefly Auschwitz, Bełżec, Chełmno, Majdanek, Sobibór, and Treblinka in occupied Poland.

                              27th January

International Holocaust Memorial Day.

“You don’t ever expect to be hauled out of your house, marched into a gas chamber, and be choked to death,” says Irene Fogel Weiss.


Yet, that is exactly what happened to most of her family in the summer of 1944. Irene was thirteen at the time, and by several twists of fate, she survived.


“There is a life force in all of us that you just want to live another day,” she says. “Let’s survive this. We have to survive this.” Irene shares her story of survival with hundreds of high school students every year. In this program, we listen in on her presentation to Woodson High School students as she shares a personal account of the events that lead to the Holocaust. She discusses her life as a child in Hungary, the changes she witnessed as the Nazis took power, and all manner of degradations imposed on the Jewish people.


Irene describes how her family was ostracized from society and how the Jewish “ghettos” were created. She discusses what her family did and did not know about Nazi practices across Europe and how the deportation of Jews worked. She recounts her arrival at the worst of all Nazi death camps – Auschwitz-Birkenau – and shares historic photos, taken by the Nazis, which capture the very day that her family arrived. She talks about the painful separation from her family and what it was like to be a prisoner at Auschwitz.


After sharing the story of her liberation and rebuilding her life in America, Irene examines the questions of propaganda and humanity that surround the Holocaust. She helps students understand the importance of critical examination of information and comparing sources. She discusses how a basic lack of empathy and humanity toward each other can lead to cruel, and ultimately horrific, behaviors. Irene uses her experience in the Holocaust as a lesson for us all.

The video below is one hour long and is something that everyone must see as it tries to explain the extraordinarily evil events that happened during WW2 and how we can make sure that it never happens again.


“We must NEVER forget.”

Surviving the Holocaust.

Surviving the Holocaust:

For more information about The Holocaust please click here.http://www.davidsemporium.co.uk/holocaust.html

2020 is the 75th Anniversary of the Liberation of Auschwitz on 27th January 1945 and the end of WWII on 8th May 1945. VE Day this year will be the early May Bank Holiday on Friday 8th May.

See “Auschwitz Untold”, Part 1, on More4 TV at 9.00pm on Sunday 26th January,

                                          and Part 2 on Monday 27th January at 9.00pm.