Auschwitz

Holocaust historian defends man who broke into Auschwitz

By Simon Round, November 17, 2011

A Holocaust historian this week came to the defence of a British prisoner of war whose account of his time at Auschwitz has been called into question.

Denis Avey, 93, recorded his experiences in The Man Who Broke into Auschwitz, in which he recounted how he had swapped places with a Jewish prisoner so he could see the death camp for himself.

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England at Auschwitz

By Simon Rocker, November 10, 2011

The English soccer team will be flying the flag for anti-racism when they travel to Poland next year for the European Championship.

It was announced this week that Fabio Capello's men will be visiting Auschwitz - following the example of the English team managed by Sven-Göran Eriksson and captained by David Beckham, which went to the camp ahead of a World Cup qualifier against Poland in 2004.

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Pain in black and white

By Nissan Tzur, September 8, 2011

The Auschwitz museum announced last week that it would publish 22 sketches apparently drawn by one of the camp's Jewish inmates.

The drawings depict the daily routines, and sometimes the imminent deaths, of those interred in the camp.

The sketches were found in 1947 by Jozef Odi, a prisoner and later a guard.

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'I broke into Auschwitz, I had to see it for myself'

By Angela Epstein, September 1, 2011

The view from Denis Avey's hill- top Derbyshire cottage is spectacular. Little wonder the sprightly 92-year-old loves relaxing in his favourite armchair and looking out over the fields and hills surrounding his lovely home.

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The Investigation

By Lee Levitt, August 15, 2011

The wanton cruelty and depravity that reigned in the Auschwitz concentration camp is detailed with savage realism in Peter Weiss's three-hour script, which the University of Birmingham's 3Bugs Fringe Theatre have pared down to an hour in Rebecca Targett's unflinching documentary drama.

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Skins star's dramatic Shoah education

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

A star of Channel 4 teen drama Skins has described visiting the Auschwitz and Birkenau sites with the Holocaust Educational trust as a life-changing experience.

Ollie Barbieri was among guests at a Westminster reception on Tuesday honouring the work of HET student ambassadors who have been through its Lessons from Auschwitz programme for sixth-formers.

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Why the government is doing this

By Eric Pickles, May 26, 2011

The nations of Europe vowed after the Second World War, when the horror of the concentration camps was uncovered: never again. To keep our promise, it is vital that we remember and learn.

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Pickles announces funding to preserve Auschwitz

By Marcus Dysch, May 26, 2011

Auschwitz-Birkenau's preservation and restoration project will benefit from a £2.15 million British government contribution.

Announcing the funding on Thursday, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles said the money would be used to ensure the concentration camp could continue to educate people about the Holocaust.

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Auschwitz visitor arrested for stealing souvenir

By Jennifer Lipman, May 20, 2011

Police have detained a French tourist who stole a piece of the wire fence at the Auschwitz concentration camp - because he wanted a souvenir.

According to a Polish news site, the man was arrested as he attempted to board a plane in Krakow.

After the wire was spotted when his luggage was scanned, he admitted to the border guards that he had taken it.

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He put colour in her cheeks: did her smile save his life?

By Jessica Elgot, May 19, 2011

A former British prisoner of war in Auschwitz has described how he received a cherished oil painting of his sweetheart, painted from a black and white photograph by a Jewish prisoner in the camp.

Welsh-born Bryn Roberts, now 92, who lives in Lyme Regis, was a labourer in Auschwitz when he received a picture postcard of his girlfriend Peggy Gullup through the Red Cross.

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