The theme for Holocaust Memorial Day 2009 was Stand up to hatred. HMDT commissioned six films which explored the choices people make about standing up to hatred.
The Hate Game Film 1 - Kristallnacht
The Hate Game Film 2 - Robert Wagemann
The Nazis believed that anyone who was severely disabled should not have a place in their society, so the parents of disabled children were forced to take them to doctors or send them away to hospitals. The so-called euthanasia programme was instigated and hundreds of thousands of disabled men, women and children were murdered between 1933 and 1938. Robert Wagemann, who was a Jehovah's Witness, walked with the aid of callipers because of a childhood bout of Polio, and when his mother realised that their doctor would inject Robert with a lethal dose of medication, she took him from the surgery and went into hiding. Robert survived Nazi persecution and tells his story in this film.
The Hate Game Film 3 - Stephen Lawrence
The Hate Game Film 4 - Lee Duncan/Gay Hate Crime
Lee was subjected to verbal abuse and vandalism of his home in 2004 by a homophobic neighbour. He reported the hate crimes to the police and eventually stood up to the neighbour. He now advises others on reporting hate crimes.
The Hate Game Film 5 - Islamaphobia
At a school in the north west of England, on attending an open evening in 2007 at a primary school, a Muslim woman was denied access to the school whilst wearing a veil. Despite offering to show her face to the organisers, she was refused entry. Anjum Anwar MBE, multi-faith officer at Blackburn Cathedral speaks about the need to work together in communities.
The Hate Game Film 6 - Gabriella Soffer, anti-semitism
In 2008, a young schoolgirl was attacked in a north London street for being Jewish. A lady who Gabriella did not know, chose to stand up to hatred, and defended her. Gabriella spoke about her experience of anti-semitism in our film.