'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' goes on trial in Germany

By Charlotte Oliver, April 21, 2015

A former SS guard, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, faces trial today, charged with contributing to the murder of at least 300,000 Jews at the Nazi concentration camp.

More than 50 Holocaust survivors and relatives of victims have travelled to the north German city of Lueneburg to witness the case against Oskar Groening, now aged 93.


My struggle with March of the living

By Rosa Doherty, April 17, 2015

“Arbeit macht frei” - work makes you free – the taunting words that mark the entrance to one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps where 1.1 million prisoners were tortured and killed.

Only today, some of the victims to the regimes that ruled here stood under the sign in the sunshine, survivors who were now free.

It was impossible not to be chilled by that image.


Reading up daily for remembrance project

February 5, 2015

A United Synagogue/Yad Vashem educational and memorial programme marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz was launched at St John's Wood Synagogue before an audience of 250.

Participants in "70 Days for 70 Years" will receive a book of essays by leading historians and scholars and information about a Holocaust victim in whose memory they will learn.


Motion's words for Auschwitz

February 5, 2015

Contributors to a Westminster Abbey service commemorating the liberation of Auschwitz 70 years ago included Poet Laureate Andrew Motion, who read a poem written for the occasion. "Light. Knock. Road. Engine. Rail. Truck. Cold. Night.


To hell, and back

By Anshel Pfeffer, January 29, 2015

"I thought, maybe one day I will go into this crematorium and I will never have experienced a true love's kiss."

Standing metres from the place where her family was murdered, Auschwitz survivor Halina Birenbaum's voice trembled as she told those gathered about what went through her mind as a young girl at the death camp.


Auschwitz memorial service: Queen shares message to survivors

By Rosa Doherty, January 27, 2015

World leaders joined 300 Auschwitz survivors at the former Nazi concentration camp in Poland to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.


Europe marks Holocaust Memorial Day as Steven Spielberg warns of growing antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, January 27, 2015

Steven Spielberg has led Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, warning of growing antisemitism in Europe.

Speaking to Holocaust survivors in Krakow, Poland, ahead of an official service at the concentration camp, he said there were renewed attempts to “banish” Jews from the continent.


Tourists threaten Auschwitz future

By Isabel De Bertodano, January 22, 2015

These days a trip to Auschwitz is not so much a pilgrimage as an essential part of any tourist itinerary.

Travel companies offer the visit as part of a day-trip from Krakow, followed by a visit to the Wieliczka Salt Mine. Advertisers are cashing in on the record numbers of visitors, erecting hoardings on the approach to it.


George Osborne launches Holocaust commemoration medal

By Marcus Dysch, January 14, 2015

Chancellor George Osborne has unveiled a specially minted commemorative medal to mark the 70th anniversary of the end of the Holocaust.

The medal – commissioned by the Holocaust Educational Trust, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles and Mr Osborne – was presented to Shoah survivors at a Downing Street reception on Tuesday evening.


Nick Clegg promises to protect Holocaust education funding

By Marcus Dysch, January 12, 2015

Holocaust education funding will be protected for the next five years if the Liberal Democrats return to government after the election, Nick Clegg has promised.

The Deputy Prime Minister said the £9 million budget for the Holocaust Education Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz programme would continue to 2020.