Auschwitz files may have been destroyed

By Martin Bright, March 8, 2012

Crucial documents, including letters from British soldiers alerting the War Office to the Holocaust, may have been destroyed in the chaos at the end of hostilities.

These records are believed to have included coded messages from Sergeant-Major Charles Coward, the head of the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz about what he witnessed there.


Pupils learn poignant lessons from Auschwitz

February 17, 2012

A disbelieving hush descends on the Home Counties sixth-formers touring the Auschwitz memorial and museum as they enter a room housing a mountainous display of human hair - equivalent to that shorn from 40,000 women, their Polish guide explains quietly.


UKIP peer makes 'offensive' Auschwitz remark in EU debate

By Jennifer Lipman, February 17, 2012

A UK Independence Party peer has been condemned for making an "offensive" remark comparing the German Finance Minister's attitude to the economy with tat of the Nazis at Auschwitz.

Lord Willoughby de Broke made the comment twice during a debate on the European Union on Thursday.


The Auschwitz papers could reveal a hidden Shoah story

By Martin Bright, February 10, 2012

Over the past three weeks the JC has been running a campaign to open the files held by the Ministry of Defence and the National Archives about British prisoners of war held at Auschwitz. To their credit, ministers have reacted quickly to pressure from MPs and offered to help in any way they can.


UK will seek out Auschwitz files

By Martin Bright, February 9, 2012

The Ministry of Defence has agreed to release all files relating to the father of Israeli President Shimon Peres, Yitzhak Persky, who was held captive as a British prisoner of war at Auschwitz.

Officials and archivists are now on the search for details of Mr Persky's time at Camp E715, situated next to the Buna-Monowitz camp, which provided slave labour to the IG Farben chemical factory.


MP pushing for release of Auschwitz files

By Martin Bright, February 2, 2012

The Ministry of Defence and the National Archives were under increasing pressure this week to release papers relating to Yitzhak Persky, the father of Israeli president Shimon Peres, who was held in a prisoner of war camp for British soldiers at Auschwitz.

Robert Halfon, the Conservative MP for Harlow, has written to Defence Secretary Philip Hammond asking for his help in releasing Mr Persky's


Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Holocaust survivor Roman Halter has died at the age of 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust.

Born in Chodecz in Poland, he was sent to the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a metal factory, as a young teenager.


More calls to open the Auschwitz files

By Jessica Elgot, January 26, 2012

Conservative MP Robert Halfon has called on Defence Secretary Philip Hammond to release the files on the P o W camp in Auschwitz.

Mr Halfon has written to Mr Hammond requesting he release the service record of Israeli President Shimon Peres’s father Yitzhak Persky and other British servicemen held in the camp.


Release the Auschwitz files

By Martin Bright, January 26, 2012



'One in five young Germans in dark about Auschwitz'

January 26, 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 1,100,000 Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.

And 20 per cent of the 18-29 year olds questioned did not know that the camp was situat