Philip Riteman, Holocaust survivor, dead at 96 | CBC News
Philip Riteman, Holocaust survivor, dead at 96 Philip Riteman, Holocaust survivor, dead at 96 Riteman’s family confirmed he died in his sleep Wednesday morning at his home in Halifax. The concentration camp survivor spent more than 20 years of his life speaking to students, reporters, business associations about what he endured during the Holocaust. Riteman, who died Wednesday in Halifax, shared his concentration camp survival story with thousands Anjuli Patil · CBC News · Posted: Aug 08, 2018 11:38 PM AT | Last Updated: August 9 Philip Riteman died Wednesday morning at his home in Halifax.(CBC)
Holocaust survivor Philip Riteman died in his sleep at his home in Halifax Wednesday morning, his family has confirmed. He was 96.
Riteman survived the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Dachau and he spoke about what he endured during the Holocaust with thousands of students, reporters, business associations and community groups for more than 20 years.
“He came through hell and really showed that people can rise above and live a more compassionate and fuller life than most people ever live in their lives. That’s the real legacy,” said Larry Riteman, Philip’s son. Survivor with a message
Many people across Nova Scotia would have remembered Riteman visiting their school or organization to share his story. One of the most moving parts of his presentation was when he showed his prison tattoo number: 98706.
Philip Riteman grew up in Poland. When he was a teenager, his Jewish family was captured by the German government and sent to Auschwitz. His parents and his seven brothers and sisters were among the millions of people killed in the Holocaust.
He emigrated to Newfoundland and Labrador in 1946 and did not speak about his experience in the concentration camps for 40 years. Reliving the terror
Larry Riteman said his father started talking about what happened to him in the 1980s, when Holocaust deniers started making the news.
“The [Ernst] Zündel trial, Malcolm Ross and all that sort of thing. And that was when he really felt he had to start telling people what had happened,” Riteman said.
“Because there was a lot of people that were insinuating that the Germans weren’t that bad or that the Holocaust was greatly exaggerated or it didn’t happen at all.
“And he knew he had to counter that. So he got out and he told people what he endured. And he relived it every time he told it … it was clear he had seen something absolutely awful. Most people have no grasp,” Riteman said.
Boris Johnson faces growing criticism over burka jibe – BBC News
Boris Johnson faces growing criticism over burka jibe 8 August 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel Image copyright PA/Getty Images Image caption Boris Johnson said he did not want to see full-face coverings banned, but said it was “ridiculous” women chose to wear them Former foreign secretary Boris Johnson is facing growing criticism over his remark that Muslim women wearing the burka “look like letter boxes”.
Dominic Grieve, the ex-attorney general, said he would quit the party if Mr Johnson became leader.
Ex-Tory chairwoman Baroness Warsi said his remarks could trigger a rise in hate crime.
Senior Tories have urged him to apologise but Mr Johnson has not done so, and has stood by his comments. The Islamic veil across Europe
In a Daily Telegraph article , he said full-face veils should not be banned, but it was “absolutely ridiculous” women chose to “go around looking like letter boxes”. He also compared them to looking like “bank robbers”.
A source close to the former London mayor has said: “We must not fall into the trap of shutting down the debate on difficult issues.
“We have to call it out. If we fail to speak up for liberal values then we are simply yielding ground to reactionaries and extremists.”
But, speaking on BBC Radio 4’s The World at One, Mr Grieve – a former Remain campaigner who has previously clashed with Mr Johnson over Brexit – said his behaviour was “very embarrassing”.
Mr Grieve said he would “without the slightest doubt”, quit the Tories if Mr Johnson became leader, “because I don’t regard him as a fit and proper person to lead a political party”.
Earlier Culture Secretary Jeremy Wright said there was no reason not to have a “robust conversation” about the subject, but added: “We’re not talking to our friends in the pub. We are public figures and we have an additional obligation to be careful.”
A former Tory chairman, Lord Pickles, said Mr Johnson, who was foreign secretary until resigning last month over Brexit, risked “closing down” the debate with his “illiberal language”.
Supporters of Mr Johnson say the row is politically-motivated and that other senior Tories have made similar remarks without such criticism. Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Senior Conservative Muslim peer Lord Sheikh calls on party to take whip away from Johnson
Mr Johnson, who is a former mayor of London and the current MP for Uxbridge and South Ruislip, has long been seen as a potential candidate for the leadership of the Conservative Party.
He fronted the successful Leave campaign in the 2016 EU referendum, and resigned as foreign secretary last month in protest at Theresa May’s Brexit plans.
Writing in the Guardian , Baroness Warsi said Mr Johnson’s remarks were “indefensible” and “have no place in the modern Conservative Party”.
She said, although he was setting out a liberal position on the burka, he was doing it in an “alt-right” way, and using Muslim women as “political fodder… to stake out a leadership bid”.
“Johnson’s words… send out a message that Muslim women are fair game,” she wrote. Image copyright PA Image caption Baroness Warsi was the first Muslim woman to sit in a British cabinet
But mother-of-seven Tahira Noor, who has been wearing a burka for 20 years, said it was “100% my choice” and Mr Johnson’s comments showed a “lack of knowledge”.
She told BBC Radio 5 Live: “In today’s day and age, the majority of the women who wear the burka are born and brought up in this country, are educated in this country, they’ve been to colleges, universities, and have understood why they want to do what they’re doing.
“They’re under no oppression, they’re not doing it because their husbands want them to or their fathers want them to.”
Ms Noor has four daughters and none of them wear a burka.
“I haven’t forced my daughters into it because I don’t have to,” she said. “It’s not a must, it’s not an obligation.” Media playback is unsupported on your device Media caption Boris Johnson ‘has caused offence’, PM says
Mr Johnson’s former adviser Munira Mirza said Mr Johnson’s views on the burka had been “entirely consistent” and other Conservative politicians had expressed the same view, without being called Islamophobic.
In 2013 former Justice Secretary Ken Clarke – who also opposed a ban on the public wearing of burkas – said they should not be worn while giving evidence in court. He referred to burkas as a “peculiar costume” and a “kind of bag”.
Ms Mirza said: “The reality is there is a political fight here.
“People who frankly couldn’t care less about the issues that Muslim women face are piling into Boris because Boris said it.” What is Islamophobia?
By BBC home affairs correspondent Dominic Casciani
Last year, Zaynab Hussein, a mother from Leicester, was left fighting for her life after a man she didn’t know smashed into her with his car – and then ran over her again. She was attacked because she was a Muslim.
Tell Mama, the national organisation that collects anti-Muslim attack statistics, says that the majority of street victims of such abuse and violence are women, for the same reason that Mrs Hussein was singled out: some Muslim women are easily identifiable by their mode of dress – and therefore easy to target.
Seven years ago Baroness Warsi said prejudice against Muslims had passed the “dinner table test”.
And Mr Johnson’s critics regard his “letter box” and “bank robber” comments as part of the problem the peer defined: normalising prejudice and dehumanising women, rather than calmly debating the complexities of the veil in an open society.
Since Baroness Warsi’s warning, there has been the launch of a cross-departmental working group to tackle anti-Muslim hate.
But it has been criticised as toothless, not least because the government can’t agree a definition for Islamophobia. What Boris Johnson said
In his Daily Telegraph column, Mr Johnson – who last month quit the government in protest at Prime Minister Theresa May’s Brexit policy – was commenting on the introduction of a burka ban in Denmark.
He said he felt “fully entitled” to expect women to remove face coverings when talking to him at his MP surgery – and schools and universities should be able to take the same approach if a student “turns up… looking like a bank robber”.
“If you tell me that the burka is oppressive, then I am with you,” he said.
“If you say that it is weird and bullying to expect women to cover their faces, then I totally agree – and I would add that I can find no scriptural authority for the practice in the Koran.
“I would go further and say that it is absolutely ridiculous that people should choose to go around looking like letter boxes.”
He said businesses and government agencies should be able to “enforce a dress code” that allowed them to see customers’ faces.
But he said: “Such restrictions are not quite the same as telling a free-born adult woman what she may or may not wear, in a public place, when she is simply minding her own business.”
He said a total ban on face-covering veils would give a boost to radicals who said there was a “clash of civilisations” between Islam and the West, and could lead to “a general crackdown on any public symbols of religious affiliation”.
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Pound falls lower against the dollar and euro – News
Image copyright Getty Images The pound has fallen below $1.29 for the first time in almost a year on continuing worries Britain will leave the EU without a trade deal.
Sterling also hit a nine-month low against the euro, and was down against the yen and Swiss franc.
Bank of England governor Mark Carney said on Friday the chances of a no-deal Brexit were “uncomfortably high”.
On Sunday, international trade secretary Liam Fox put the odds at “certainly not much more than 60-40”.
The falls come despite a rise in UK interest rates, which usually pushes up the value of sterling.
Since the beginning of the month, the pound has fallen 1.7% against the dollar and 0.8% against the euro.
“Some are thinking in the market that the Bank of England raised rates in order to give them ammunition to cut them in the face of a no-deal,” said Neil Jones, a foreign exchange expert at Mizuho Bank. “The next move by the central bank could be a cut rather than another hike.”
Nomura strategist Jordan Rochester added: “We remain bearish on the pound in the short term until the Brexit mess is out the way… “
A cheaper pound makes imports – and anything bought by foreign exchange, such as holidays – more expensive. It also makes the UK a less attractive place to work for foreign nationals.
But it makes UK exports more competitive. In the first three months of the year, the UK exported a record £87bn in goods to the rest of the world, following a year in which they hit an all-time annual high of £338.9bn
Investors are focusing on a critical meeting in October between Prime Minister Theresa May and EU leaders to try to thrash out the terms of Britain’s withdrawal.
Without a deal, some economists believe the UK and its trading partners would suffer an economic downturn.
The IMF has said economic growth across the 27 remaining EU states would fall by as much as 1.5% by 2030, and wipe out almost 4% of the UK’s GDP.
However, others claim the dangers of a no-deal have been overstated. Sir Bernard Jenkin MP said: “The civil service and the government are feeding industry – and the industry is feeding the government – with this diet of gloom and alarm and despondency.”
The head of foreign exchange strategy at CIBC, Jeremy Stretch, said: “If there’s no improvement in the negotiating strategy with the EU, we could see the pound going back to levels not seen since last autumn, around $1.28 – and if it falls through that, it could go lower still.
“And unless the economic data in the UK starts to validate the rise in interest rates, it’s hard to see the pound regaining any strength.”
The pound’s fall has also been exacerbated by the dollar’s recent strength on the back of strong economic numbers and good company profits in the first two quarters of the year.
However, Mr Stretch added that CIBC had researched the pound’s performance on a monthly basis over the last 15 years and had found that it typically underperformed during the August holiday period.
Russia faces US action over Skripal attack – BBC News
Russia faces US action over Skripal attack 8 August 2018 These are external links and will open in a new window Close share panel The US is to impose sanctions on Russia after determining that it used nerve agent against Sergei and Yulia Skripal in the UK in March.
The move was announced on Wednesday by the US state department.
Former Russian double agent Sergei Skripal and his daughter Yulia were found unconscious on a bench in the town of Salisbury, England, on 4 March.
They later made a full recovery after spending several weeks in hospital.
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