Will of Scottish hero found

By Lianne Kolirin, September 15, 2016

The will of the only Scot to have been honoured by Yad Vashem as "righteous among the nations" has been found in a church - more than 70 years after her death in Auschwitz.

Jane Haining was sent to the camp after refusing to abandon a group of Jewish girls in her care at a missionary school in Budapest.

The hand-written will, dated July 1942, was found in a box in the archives of the Church


95 year-old Auschwitz paramedic charged for part in over 3,600 murders

By JC Reporter, September 12, 2016

A 95-year-old former Auschwitz paramedic has been charged as being an accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people.

Hubert Zafke, who until recently was known only as Hubert Z, was charged in a German court on Monday.


Teenager's shock over murdered family

By Rosa Doherty, September 8, 2016

A non-Jewish British teenager has discovered that 150 of his relatives - including two babies - were murdered by the Nazis.

Nineteen-year-old Jack Nicholls found out that so many members of his family had perished at Auschwitz and Sobibor during a visit to Yad Vashem. "It felt really strange, seeing those names and knowing how many people in my family died," he said.


French Olympian with tattoo tribute to Auschwitz survivor wins silver

By Daniel Sugarman, August 11, 2016

Fabien Gilot, a member of the French Olympic swimming team, wears his heart on his sleeve – or more accurately, on his arm.

As reported by the JC in 2012, tattooed in Hebrew on his arm are the words “Ani Klum Biladeihem”, meaning “I am nothing without them.”


Pope's silent prayers as he visits Nazi death camp

By Daniel Sugarman, July 29, 2016

Pope Francis visited Auschwitz today during his five-day trip to Poland.

The Pontiff entered alone through the notorious “Arbeit Macht Frei” gate of the camp.

He prayed silently at several locations within the complex, and met former inmates as well as people designated “righteous amongst the nations” for sheltering Jews during the Holocaust.


Pope Francis's trip to Auschwitz brings both praise and criticism

By Daniel Sugarman, July 28, 2016

The Pope is due to visit Auschwitz on Friday, as part of a five-day official trip to Poland.

Earlier this month Rabbi Michael Schudrich, Chief Rabbi of Poland, hailed Pope Francis’s decision to visit Auschwitz as setting “an example for humanity.” However, the visit has already been the cause of some controversy.


Holocaust museum looks to block Pokémon players

By Josh Jackman, July 13, 2016

The US Holocaust Memorial Museum has asked visitors to stop playing an immersive video game which allows users to “catch monsters” while walking around its exhibitions.

Pokémon Go is an “augmented reality” smartphone game in which users try to trap fictional fighting animals like Charizard and Pikachu.


Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning jailed for camp murders

By JC Reporter, June 17, 2016

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been jailed for five years after being convicted of being an accessory to murder on 170,000 counts.

Former SS Sergeant Reinhold Hanning worked in the Nazi death camp between 1942 and 1944, and at a time when thousands of Hungarian Jews were gassed.

Hanning had maintained that he served in a part of the camp where gassings did not occur.


Jewellery discovered hidden in Auschwitz mug, 70 years on

By JC Reporter, May 19, 2016

A gold ring and necklace have been discovered in the fake bottom of a mug on display at the Auschwitz museum in Poland.

Curators found the jewellery while carrying out preservation work on its collection of enamel kitchenware.


Yom Hashoah, a time to consider double meaning of Nuremberg

By Julie Masis, May 6, 2016

March of the Living, the annual, 3km Holocaust memorial trek in Poland, is a vast human chain that snakes its way along a tarmac path between the Auschwitz and Birkenau death camps.