Coalition cuts won't hit Scottish Holocaust scheme

By Stephanie Brickman, September 29, 2010

The Scottish government has confirmed that funding for sixth-formers to visit Auschwitz under the aegis of the Holocaust Educational Trust will survive any budgetary cutbacks.

MSPs have applauded the guarantee in a motion tabled by West of Scotland Conservative Jackson Carlaw.

"I know having talked to many pupils who have been to Auschwitz that it's a profoundly significant moment," Mr Carlaw said.

"It's having a very beneficial effect of a wider understanding among young people of just what racism can lead to in its worst form."


Holocaust survivor tells of debt to British PoWs

By Jessica Elgot, September 28, 2010

A survivor who owes her life to 10 British prisoners of war has told her story to a British audience for the first time.

Hannah Sara Rigler, 82, travelled from America to address more than 300 guests at the Holocaust Educational Trust appeal dinner in central London, among them Cabinet members Michael Gove and Iain Duncan Smith.

Ms Rigler recalled the death march from Stutthof concentration camp in 1945, during which 700 women died, including her mother and sister.


Insights into slave labour from a Holocaust survivor

By Toby Axelrod, September 21, 2010

Hidden behind protective trees on a green hillside is a small, private Holocaust memorial. At the feet of six rough, natural boulders on a low stone, forged in metal, is the word zachor - remember.

It is the key word in the title of Marcel Tuchman's new autobiography, Remember: My Stories of Survival and Beyond, to be published in coming weeks by Yad Vashem and the Holocaust Survivor Memoirs Project.

It offers rare into a little-known chapter: the recruitment of slave labourers at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp by Siemens, the German industrial giant.


Blundering Berlusconi

By Simon Rocker, September 16, 2010

Dipping the apple into the honey this year was Italian Premier Silvio Berlusconi, who was among Rosh Hashanah guests of Israeli Ambassador Gideon Meir in Rome. He assured his host of his strong friendship with Israel, especially after visits to Yad Vashem and Auschwitz.

Which didn't stop the elderly Lothario causing uproar a couple of days later when he attempted a "joke" about Hitler at a youth event: the Führer is discovered alive by supporters. "I will return," he tells them, "but on one condition... this time, I will be evil, right?"


Hall of Infamy: David Irving

September 13, 2010

"I have been a historian for 40 years, I know a fake when I see it.

"When you look at old photographs of Auschwitz, those towers aren't on the photographs."


Duncan Smith: children must see Auschwitz

By Leon Symons, September 7, 2010

A trip to Auschwitz earlier this year led the Work and Pensions Secretary Iain Duncan Smith to present an award to a Holocaust survivor.

Mr Duncan Smith presented one of two certificates to 93-year-old Lithuanian Josef Levinson, who has single-handedly identified and organised memorials for more than 200 mass graves and cemeteries of Jews in the Baltic country over the past 30 years.

In May, Mr Duncan Smith joined a Holocaust Educational Trust one-day trip to the former death camp.


Facebook page promoted 'Auschwitz spa'

By Jennifer Lipman, July 28, 2010

A Facebook page advertising the “Auschwitz Spa” as a “slimming” place has been removed following complaints by the Los Angeles-based Simon Wiesenthal Centre.

The page, created by French-speaking users of the social networking site, encouraged people to “come visit our new spa centre at Auschwitz”, the death camp where the Nazis murdered more than 1.3 million people.

The creators had even added a heart icon at the end of the title.


Dancing Auschwitz: I Will Survive

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010
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The controversial video of a Holocaust survivor disco dancing at death camp Auschwitz.


Survivor disco dances at Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2010

A video featuring a Holocaust survivor dancing at Auschwitz to the pop song "I Will Survive" has received a mixed reaction across the internet, with many slamming it as “disgusting” and “tasteless”.

Jane Korman, a Jewish Australian artist, filmed her 89-year-old father Adolk and other family members performing a routine to the disco hit at different points around the Nazi concentration camp.


Gove vows to keep funding Auschwitz trips

By Robyn Rosen, July 1, 2010

Education Secretary Michael Gove has pledged that the Conservative-Lib Dem coalition will continue to fund the Holocaust Educational Trust's Auschwitz visits programme for sixth-formers and teachers.

MPs from all the main parties were among those at a Westminster reception hosted by the Speaker, John Bercow, on Monday to mark the 10,000th participant in the Lessons from Auschwitz programme.