Auschwitz

Why everyone should visit Auschwitz

By Robert Desmond, December 13, 2013

I first visited Auschwitz a few years ago and vowed that it would not be the last time. Together with my father, cousin and friend we visited this site before heading on to trace my family roots close to Kiev in the Ukraine.

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Douglas Alexander attacks critics who compare Israel to Nazis

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has attacked critics who compare Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis.

Following a tour of Auschwitz, the Labour frontbencher said people who liken Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the suffering of Jews in concentration camps are “as offensive as they are ignorant”.

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UN chief Ban Ki-moon to visit Auschwitz

By Charlotte Oliver, November 13, 2013

Ban Ki-moon will be the first-ever United Nations secretary-general to visit Auschwitz next week, according to UN spokesperson Martin Nesirsky.

In a statement released yesterday, it was announced that Mr Ban would fly to Krakow, Poland next Monday, following visits to Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania.

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Nazi-hunters welcome charges against Auschwitz cook

By Charlotte Oliver, September 30, 2013

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has welcomed the prosecution of a 93-year-old man in Germany for being an accessory to murder at the Auschwitz death camp.

Hans Lipschis was arrested in May as part of Germany’s final drive to bring living Nazi war criminals to justice. He has been charged in connection with more than 10,000 deaths at Auschwitz between October 1941 and January 1945.

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Auschwitz town seeking lost landowners

By Nissan Tzur, September 13, 2013

The municipality of Oswiecim — the Polish name for Auschwitz — has recently turned to Yad Vashem for help in locating owners of Jewish property left in the town since the Second World War.

Maria Pedrak, Oswiecim’s deputy mayor, has written to the Israeli Holocaust research centre asking for details of two Jewish women who owned property in the town.

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Holocaust survivors have increased life expectancy, say researchers

By Hannah Pupkewitz, August 2, 2013

Male survivors of the Shoah have a longer life expectancy than their peers who fled Nazi oppression before the outbreak of war, Israeli academics have discovered.

Research at Haifa University found that men who survived Germany’s concentration and death camps lived longer than those who left Europe before 1939.

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Truth about the British at Auschwitz

By Martin Bright, July 31, 2013

Regular readers of this newspaper will remember the series of articles we ran last year about E715, the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz.

A handful of memoirs of the POWs at Auschwitz have been published, including Denis Avey’s controversial bestseller, The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz. But the full story of the 20,000 soldiers interned in the camp has never been told.

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Learning from the past - and my survivor mother

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2013

When John Browne was eight-years-old, he returned from school one day to find his parents’ house in Cambridge filled with the aroma of goulash. His mother was entertaining a group of refugees who had fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising.

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Learning from the past - and my survivor mother

By Simon Rocker, July 2, 2013

When John Browne was eight-years-old, he returned from school one day to find his parents’ house in Cambridge filled with the aroma of goulash. His mother was entertaining a group of refugees who had fled Hungary after the 1956 uprising.

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Most-wanted Nazi suspect who ‘beat prisoners with dog whip’ is charged

By Josh Jackman, June 20, 2013

László Csizsik-Csatáry, the alleged Nazi war criminal, was charged this week with participating in the murder of 15,700 Jews during the Holocaust.

Hungarian prosecutors said the 98-year-old was the police commander of the Kosice detention camp — then in Slovakia — where he assaulted Jews with a dog whip before sending all those interned to Auschwitz.

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