Lifestyle features

We still live with father's evil legacy

By Stephen Applebaum, November 26, 2015

I had a wonderful childhood till 1945," says Niklas Frank, describing a life that sounds almost magical. He warmly recalls playing hide-and-seek among the "wonderful monuments" to ancient kings and queens in the cathedral of Wawel Castle in Krakow, Poland, where his family resided for half of the year, and visiting nearby parks with his beloved nanny Hilde.


Me, bothered? No, I just did what I had to do

By Sandy Rashty, November 25, 2015

Brian Leveson is anxious. One of the most powerful judges in Britain is about to embark on an experience that he normally, studiously, avoids. He is about to be interviewed by a newspaper journalist.


I want to soothe people with food

By Andy Threlfall, November 19, 2015

The sun has just burst through the clouds on the Cote D'Azur and this is not a good moment to be Nigella Lawson's PA, or should I say the small phalanx of PAs who busy themselves, i-Phones pressed to ears, like honey to the bee. Nigella you see, has a problem. A PA is hurriedly dispatched in my direction.


‘The refugee camp has made me think of Auschwitz’

By Rosa Doherty, November 18, 2015

I think my father is dead," the teenager said. "I don't know what happened to him. People said the Taliban killed him but I don't know. I don't know where he is."

Nabi, an 18-year-old from Afghanistan, was sitting in the dust of a transit camp in the tiny Greek town of Idomeni, recounting the horrific events that had forced him to flee his homeland.


Why leave people in the dark about what they are truly capable of?

By Paul Lester, November 16, 2015

You may not have heard of Stanley Milgram, but chances are you will be aware of his psychology experiment from 1961. In it, he arranged for a dour scientist in a grey lab-coat to instruct certain people ("teachers") to administer increasingly severe electric shocks to an affable stranger in an adjacent room if he gave the wrong answers to questions in a test.


The journey that convinced me paradise is truly lost

By Ronnie Landau, November 14, 2015

Several weeks ago, I found myself on a coach hurtling towards the heart of Beirut, a city once described as a ''paradise on Earth'', thanks to its stunning coastline (still very much in evidence), and as the ''Paris of the Middle East'', due to its French influences and vibrant cultural and intellectual life.


The soldier who abandoned his London life to 'do his duty' in the IDF

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

In the summer of 2014 the majority of us were glued to our TV screens watching in dismay and fear as yet another Gaza war unfolded. As anti-Israel protests became a common sight on the streets of the UK, members of the community were making frequent and frantic calls to family and friends in Israel checking everyone had survived the latest rocket attack.


The man who gave war a religion

By Michael Freedland, November 12, 2015

This Sunday will be another day of remembrance. In one of the most moving public Jewish occasions of the year, ex-servicemen and women, an ever-reducing number of aged veterans, will parade past the Cenotaph on Whitehall.


Revealed: How the last Jews of Aleppo escaped

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Listen to Sandy Rashty and JC Foreign Editor Orlando Radice discuss this amazing story on the JC Podcast, below

They came for the last Jews of Aleppo early in the morning.