Auschwitz

Arab academic quits after Auschwitz visit

By Nathan Jeffay, June 12, 2014

A Palestinian professor has quit his job after being criticised for taking a group of students to visit Auschwitz.

Mohammed Dajani's colleagues at Al Quds University in the West Bank reacted so negatively to his act of Holocaust commemoration that he tendered his resignation.

He subsequently criticised Palestinian resistance to Holocaust education as "a crime against humanity".

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Doctor plans ‘inspiring’ Auschwitz tour to talk about euthanasia

By Shirli Sitbon, May 23, 2014

Belgian doctor Wim Distelmans, an advocate of euthanasia, has triggered controversy by planning a study trip to Auschwitz, which he describes as an “inspiring venue” in which to “clarify confusion” about mercy killing.

Shimon Samuels of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre called Prof Distelmans’s Auschwitz initiative “a travesty”.

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Auschwitz hit by wave of vandalism

By Daniel Easterman, May 8, 2014

Young Polish people and tourists are vandalising the Auschwitz museum site by stealing large objects and scribbling their names on prisoner bunk beds, it has emerged.

In addition to widespread cases of tourists carving names and inane messages on the camp’s wooden bunks, there have even been reports of visitors stealing barbed wire and sections of the train track.

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Italian politician follows retouched Auschwitz photo with hate rant

By Orlando Radice, April 24, 2014

Italian politician and comedian Beppe Grillo has refused to apologise for using Primo Levi’s Shoah poem If This is a Man to attack the government — and employed a series of classic antisemitic tropes to defend his actions.

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Storm over Palestinian visit to Auschwitz

By Nathan Jeffay, April 17, 2014

For most, a visit to Auschwitz is a simple act of commemoration. But when a Palestinian professor went to the former death camp with 30 students in tow, it was seen as near treason.

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German police arrest former Nazi medic

By Charlotte Oliver, March 18, 2014

A former Nazi medic who allegedly assisted in the mass murder of thousands of prisoners at Auschwitz has been arrested and is now awaiting trial.

German police apprehended the 93-year-old at his home near Neubrandenburg, north of Berlin, after receiving information on his whereabouts from the German office specialising in Nazi war crimes.

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Cricketer Angus Fraser recalls Middlesex County Cricket Club's Auschwitz tour

By Angus Fraser, March 14, 2014

I had no idea of what to expect as the Middlesex County Cricket Club party travelled from our comfortable hotel in Krakow to the former concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. I was not alone. There was a nervous silence on the coach as the group made its way through the stark Polish countryside.

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Middlesex cricketers plan pre-season tour to Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, February 21, 2014

A group of professional cricketers will take part in a pre-season tour with a difference — by visiting Auschwitz.

Middlesex Country Cricket Club are to travel to Poland in a fortnight to see the former Nazi concentration camp ahead of the new County Championship.

Among the players expected to take part are England stars Eoin Morgan and Steven Finn.

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Israelis’ tough stance at Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2014

Around half of the members of the Israeli Knesset flew to Poland this week in a high-security operation to honour Shoah victims on Holocaust Memorial Day.

World leaders from the UK, US and Europe joined the 54 MKs for a ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the 69th anniversary of its liberation.

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MPs set for Holocaust Memorial Day event

By Charlotte Oliver, January 16, 2014

Plans are being finalised to bring members of parliaments from around the world and Holocaust survivors together at a memorial at Auschwitz later this month.

More than 500 people will attend the Holocaust Remembrance Day event on January 27.

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