Holocaust

Queen’s hatmaker who survived Holocaust killed in London road accident

By Naomi Firsht, May 6, 2016

A Holocaust survivor who made hats for the Queen has been killed by a lorry in central London.

Herta “Georgette” Groves, 96 , was pronounced dead at the scene after a lorry ran her over outside Wigmore Hall last week.

Ms Groves was born in Vienna to middle-class Jewish parents. During her teenage years she helped other Jewish women obtain visas to escape Nazi-occupied Austria.

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Charles Palant, Auschwitz survivor who founded organisation against antisemitism, has died aged 93

By Josh Jackman, February 29, 2016

A Holocaust survivor who was imprisoned at Auschwitz and Buchenwald concentration camps before going on to create an organisation to fight antisemitism has died.

Charles Palant, who was 93 , co-founded the Movement against Racism and Antisemitism and for Peace (MRAP) in 1949 after spending 650 days in the two death camps from 1943 until the end of the war.

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Last Treblinka revolt survivor dies in Israel, aged 93

By Josh Jackman, February 21, 2016

The last survivor of the Treblinka revolt carried out by prisoners of the Nazi death camp has died in Israel aged 93.

Samuel Willenberg was one of 67 captives who in 1943 managed to successfully escape the camp in Nazi-occupied Poland shortly before it was destroyed. Around 870,000 Jews were killed in Treblinka - only Auschwitz had a higher death toll.

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More teachers and more training needed for Holocaust education, say MPs

By Charlotte Oliver, January 23, 2016

More teachers need to be trained to teach the Holocaust, according to a report published today by the Education Select Committee.

It said that more attention should be paid to spreading Holocaust education to include other subjects in schools besides history, such as English, drama and PSHE.

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Holocaust survivors and Limmud founder recognised in New Year's honours list

By Josh Jackman and Naomi Firsht, December 30, 2015

Holocaust survivors turned educators, a founder of Limmud and a former chairman of Ajex have all been recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s honours list.

Clive Lawton was made an OBE for his services to the Jewish community, “particularly through Limmud UK.”

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British teenagers to face trial over stealing from Auschwitz

By Josh Jackman, December 30, 2015

Two teenage boys accused of stealing items from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum will face trial after withdrawing their admissions of guilt, Polish prosecutors have said.

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Crowdfunding campaign launched to raise £10,000 for film about Auschwitz survivor

By Rosa Doherty, November 10, 2015

The grandson of Auschwitz survivor Zigi Shipper has launched a crowdfunding campaign to make a film about his life.

Darren Richman, a journalist, has set up the campaign on the Kickstarter website to raise £10,000 to produce “Zigi & '8 4 3 0 3'”. Over £1,000 has already been donated.

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Businessman who rescued the last Jews of Aleppo was inspired by Yad Vashem

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Moti Kahana is not your average businessman.

He has considered turning the story of his life — from Jerusalem foster home to multi-million pound fortune in New York — into a book, but for the moment the 47-year-old is focusing his attention on the Middle East.

His mission to extract the last Jews of Aleppo began with a trip to Yad Vashem five years ago.

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Holocaust educator honoured by university

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

The life-long work of a Holocaust educator is being commemorated in a series of events at the University of Leicester, and with a memorial service at Leicester synagogue.

Sara Elkes, who died in September, was well known for her work with the Elkhanan Association for Inter-Community Understanding and her Inter-Faith Work Camps in Leicester.

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Treasure hunters dig up Holocaust victims’ graves

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

Holocaust victims’ graves have been dug up by looters searching for treasure at the former site of the Sobibor death camp in Poland.

Sobibor museum staff taking part in an official archaeological dig found that graves had been disturbed by suspected gold and metal hunters.

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