Auschwitz

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.

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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.

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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.

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Speaking with conviction

By Rosa Doherty, December 11, 2014

Inside a 19th-century chapel, flanked by high-security walls, sat row upon row of hardened criminals.

Ninety of them, clad in regulation grey track-suits, waited for the most unlikely of guests to a high-security prison - an 85-year-old, 5ft 2in woman dressed daintily in cardigan, trouser-suit and shoulder-bag.

For the next two hours, the Wormwood Scrubs inmates sat tall, hands clasped often

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Poles knight Auschwitz rabbi

By Simon Rocker, November 6, 2014

A rabbi who has led more than 150 study missions to Auschwitz has received a Polish knighthood for his services to Holocaust education and dialogue between Jews and Poles.

Rabbi Barry Marcus was presented with the Knight's Cross of the Order of Merit by the Polish Ambassador, Witold Sobkow, in London.

Since taking his first group nearly 20 years ago, he has accompanied more than 25,000 stude

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BBC announce programmes to mark Auschwitz liberation 70th anniversary

By Sandy Rashty, October 5, 2014

The BBC is to broadcast a special series of programmes to mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz next year, the corporation has announced.

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Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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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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