For sale: Hitler's desk and duvet, no questions asked

By Karen Pollock, December 19, 2011

For the thousands of students who visit Auschwitz-Birkenau every year with the Holocaust Educational Trust, approaching the gates and setting eyes on those infamous words, "Arbeit macht frei", is invariably a moment of solemn reflection. The wrought iron sign has become a symbol of evil, grim shorthand for the sadism of the camp.


Without right, nothing is left

By James Inverne, December 16, 2011

They say that opposites attract, in physics as in our emotional life. So when I, who had always been a gentleman of the arts (no, that isn't any kind of euphemism), married a lady of the sciences (my wife is a hospital pharmacist) it seemed to be the perfect match. Which is to say, as some people did, we had little in common and so would have plenty to learn from each other.


A Christmas carol? What the Dickens

By David Robson, December 16, 2011

The Chief Rabbi has said he enjoys Christmas carol concerts and finds them uplifting. Needless to say there has been a Scrooge or two (Menachem and Moishe Scrooge) who have said "bah humbug". I have no problem with the Chief Rabbi's taste; I agree with him.


Light emerging after dark past

By Stephen Pack, December 16, 2011

The day before Yom Kippur, we read in this newspaper about a number of couples who, some decades ago, had lost their children at or around the time of birth. These people had been wrongly informed at that time as to where their children's remains had been buried.


Germany needs to free itself from the shackles of history

By Roger Boyes, December 12, 2011

It is a mere scrap of paper, as brief as a shopping list. "Ten uses for money" is written at the top with helpful hints as to what Germans can do with their Reichsmarks: wallpaper their living rooms, burn them as winter fuel, use them to prop up broken chairs.


Blindness that excuses Iran's excesses

By Alan Johnson, December 9, 2011

Don't listen to the nuclear nonsense, screamed one of the main left-wing weeklies, the New Statesman, only days after a sober and authoritative International Atomic Energy Agency report had laid bare Iran's pursuit of a nuclear bomb.


Eviction assaults Israel's values

By Hannah Weisfeld, December 9, 2011

The Jewish National Fund has been a household name across the Jewish world for more than a century. Many of us grew up with a little blue box proudly displayed on the mantelpiece. The JNF has led the effort to transform Israel into the thriving, modern country it is today.


Perchance to dream - of old age

By Simon Round, December 9, 2011

I had a great idea for a column yesterday. Now what was it? Ah yes, it was about ageing. Not that I'm old or anything, you understand, although I am slightly more middle-aged than I used to be.


New remedy for an old problem

By Leon Smith, December 9, 2011

The Jewish community in this country is proud of how it looks after its older and more vulnerable members, and quite rightly so.


Will there be Arab democracy?

By Vernon Bogdanor, December 5, 2011

The beginning of the 21st century seemed to witness the global triumph of democracy. By 2000, 120 of the 192 members of the United Nations could be classed as democracies. Countries that continue to reject democracy exclude themselves from the world of civilised political discourse.