German youths unaware of Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Sixty-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz, one in five young Germans remain clueless about where the concentration camp was located.

Ten per cent of those surveyed for Germany's Stern news magazine were unaware that Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.


For sale: Hitler's desk and duvet, no questions asked

By Karen Pollock, December 19, 2011

For the thousands of students who visit Auschwitz-Birkenau every year with the Holocaust Educational Trust, approaching the gates and setting eyes on those infamous words, "Arbeit macht frei", is invariably a moment of solemn reflection. The wrought iron sign has become a symbol of evil, grim shorthand for the sadism of the camp.


Eric Pickles pledges to ensure Shoah legacy

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles has visited Auschwitz to check on the progress of restoration work, partly funded by the British government.

He took part in a two-day trip and met the directors of the former concentration camp's museum and foundation to discuss how worldwide contributions were being used.

In May, the government announced it would contribute £2.1 million to the Auschwitz-


Tory MP Goldsmith in Auschwitz gaffe

By Jennifer Lipman, December 5, 2011

A Conservative MP has likened the tabloid media to a Nazi concentration camp.

Zac Goldsmith, who represents the Richmond Park constituency, made the remark in front of a parliamentary inquiry into privacy and injunctions standards.

Mr Goldsmith said that a business that could only stay afloat "by engaging in immoral or unethical behaviour" was no sustainable.


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.


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.


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.


'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.


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.


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.