Revealed: how ‘Count of Auschwitz’ saved Peres’s father

By Sandy Rashty, March 1, 2013

The full story of the wartime experiences of Yitzchak Persky, President Shimon Peres's father, are today made public for the first time.

A folder that had been hidden in the Yad Vashem archives before being given to President Peres last year has been seen by the JC. It contains the testimony of Polish-born Yitzchak Persky, given to a Yad Vashem researcher in January 1965.


The Ovitzes: The family of dwarfs who survived Auschwitz

By Anna Sheinman, February 28, 2013

An Israeli husband-and-wife team’s extraordinary story of a family of seven dwarfs who survived Auschwitz-Birkenau and the “Doctor of Death”, Joseph Mengele, will be brought to life at Jewish Book Week on Sunday.


Reject despair and send message of defiance

By Jay Stoll, February 21, 2013

Last summer I moved house and found myself clearing out old stuff, going through the attic for things I wanted to keep.

Fighting my way through the choking dust storm that engulfed the room, I came across some old family relics.


Hungary court orders denier to visit Auschwitz

By Nissan Tzur, February 7, 2013

A court in Hungary has handed a Holocaust-denier an unconventional punishment.

Gyorgy Nagy, 42, was ordered to visit either Hungary’s Holocaust memorial centre, Auschwitz or Yad Vashem in Israel.


Oldest Auschwitz survivor dies at age of 109

By Jennifer Lipman, October 23, 2012

Polish officials have confirmed the death of the oldest known survivor of the Auschwitz concentration camp.

Antoni Dobrowolski, who was not Jewish, was sent to the camp in 1942 for teaching Polish children in secret during the German occupation of Poland. When the Nazis invaded, education was suppressed in the country.


Estonian company apologises over Auschwitz gas advert

By Gemma Goodman, August 30, 2012

The Estonian GasTerm Eesti company has apologised after using an image of the iconic gates of Auschwitz to advertise the firm’s gas and heating services.

The photograph of the infamous inscription "Arbeit macht frel," or "work makes you free" appeared on GasTerm’s website on August 23 with the caption "gas heating – flexible, convenient and effective "


Auschwitz survivor freed from the Nazis to be bombed by British

By Anna Sheinman, August 30, 2012

V It is 67 years since Sam Pivnik was found, weak and shivering, still in the striped pyjamas of Auschwitz, on the banks of the Bay of Lübeck in northern Germany, and driven to safety. Now, at the age of 85, in his book Survivor, he finally shares his experience.


German authorities chase Nazi officer

By Sandy Rashty, August 24, 2012

German prosecutors are asking for charges to be made against a guard who allegedly served at Auschwitz.

The 87-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was accused on Wednesday of being an ex-SS Nazi who was involved in killing more than 344,000 Jews at the death camp.

Kurt Schrimm, head prosecutor, said that the man could face a criminal charge as an accessory to murder.


Auschwitz town gets app to remember Jewish past

By Mark Robins, July 4, 2012

The town in southern Poland where the Auschwitz concentration camp was located now has its own iPhone app.

The app, called Oshpitzin - the Yiddish name for the town, uses the latest technology to tell the story of the pre-war Jewish community of Oswiecim.


Rooney, Hart, Walcott and the England Euro 2012 players who will never forget the Holocaust

By Stephen Pollard, June 14, 2012

It would be difficult to think of a more inappropriate venue for a PR stunt than Auschwitz. So when it was announced that the England football team, staying in Krakow for the European Championships, was to visit the death camp, there were some howls of protest.