Auschwitz lullaby to be heard at special concert

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2016

Songs describing the horrors of Auschwitz, including one written by inmates of the death camp, are to be used in a new work about the Holocaust.

Butterfly in Blood, based on Holocaust survivor Fania Fenelon's book Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz, is a collection of songs by different composers, including a lullaby called Close Your Eyes, composed by Auschwitz victim David Beigelman, with words b


Mirvis joins Auschwitz trip

By John Fisher, March 31, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis joined more than 230 people on a visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau organised by the United Hebrew Congregation in Leeds. He told participants in the Unity is Strength trip that "heartbreaking visits to concentration camps" served an important educational and memorial purpose.

The mission was given added poignancy by the involvement of Auschwitz survivor Arek Hersh.


Bayern Munich apologises over ‘Auschwitz’ tweet

By Josh Jackman, March 16, 2016

German football club Bayern Munich has apologised after posting a picture that some complained was reminiscent of Auschwitz concentration camp.

The image featured train tracks running up to Bayern’s Allianz Arena below a sign emblazoned with Italian club Juventus’ slogan “Fino Alla Fine” - meaning “until the end” - crossed out in red.


Zac Goldsmith asked to apologise over comparing pig farms to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

The Conservative candidate to be London Mayor, Zac Goldsmith, has been criticised by a Labour MP for past remarks in which he compared the conditions on pig farms to Auschwitz.

Mr Goldsmith, said he would only eat organic meat and remarked on the state of slaughtered pigs which he said were “riddled with tumours”.


Auschwitz survivor who settled in Israel is world's oldest man

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

An Auschwitz survivor is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records.

Yisrael Kristal was born in 1903, and broke the record at 112 years and 178 days old.

He takes over as the oldest living man after the death of Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who was 112 years and 312 days old.


The man who caught the devil of Auschwitz

By Josh Jackman, March 10, 2016

The Auschwitz commander who oversaw the deaths of 2.5 million people was captured and interrogated by a Jewish soldier.

Liverpool-born Karl Louis Abrahams was part of the team which tracked down Rudolf Hoess, the man in charge of the death camp in Nazi-occupied Poland from 1940 to 1943.

The arrest was made on March 11 1946, 70 years ago this week.


Charles Palant, Auschwitz survivor who founded organisation against antisemitism, has died aged 93

By Josh Jackman, February 29, 2016

A Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps before going on to create an organisation to fight antisemitism has died.

Charles Palant, who was 93 , co-founded the Movement against Racism and Antisemitism and for Peace (MRAP) in 1949 after spending 650 days in the two death camps from 1943 until the end of the war.


I survived 17 selections, survivor tells SS guard trial

February 18, 2016

Three Holocaust survivors provided grim testimonies at the trial of 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning in Detmold, Germany, last week.


British teenagers to face trial over stealing from Auschwitz

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Two teenage boys accused of stealing items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum will face trial after withdrawing their admissions of guilt, Polish prosecutors have said.


Record number of visitors to Auschwitz in 2015

By Nissan Tzur, August 12, 2015

More than one million people have visited Auschwitz so far in 2015, the highest number ever recorded in the first seven months of a year.

The Auschwitz museum has estimated that, by the end of the year, the number of visitors will be above the 1.53 million people who toured the site last year.