Holocaust

Marking Belsen liberation

By Naomi Firsht, April 24, 2015

Over 1,000 people will mark the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Bergen-Belsen this weekend with a special international ceremony at the site of the concentration camp in Germany.

A 200-strong delegation organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust will travel from the UK, with more than half of the group made up of young people in their teens and twenties.

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Yad Vashem honour for heroic housekeeper

By Rosa Doherty, April 23, 2015

A housekeeper who abandoned her own son to save a Jewish child from the Nazis is to be named as Righteous Among the Nations.

Maria Turnsek was working as housekeeper for a prominent Jewish family in Vienna. Her employers, Otto and Kathe Leichter, begged her to flee the country with their six-year-old son Franz - as a non-Jew she was able to travel without arousing suspicion.

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Concern over gathering of Shoah deniers

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

The community Security Trust says it will talk to police about a gathering of neo-Nazis and Holocaust deniers at a top London hotel earlier this month.

Around 110 people, including former members of the far-right British National Party and National Front, attended the meeting at the four-star Grosvenor Hotel in Victoria, which had been booked online using the name London Forum.

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Let's end this cycle of distrust

By Robert Desmond, April 23, 2015

As a software developer, the allure of California's Silicon Valley is strong. I was ready to leave gloomy London for a daily supply of vitamin D. I applied for a job a while ago and got it, but I knew I had one more journey to make in Europe before heading across the pond.

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Crowds gather for Yom Hashoah events

April 20, 2015

In the biggest ever show of commemoration in the UK, 5,000 people attended a Yom Hashoah event in Allianz Park, Hendon on Sunday (19 April). In Manchester 1,500 people also attended a Yom Hashoah event

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This is a chance for us to unite in our survival

By Karen Pollock, April 17, 2015

‘I only wish to be remembered, I wish my wife to be remembered, Gele Seksztajn. I wish my little daughter to be remembered. Margalit is 20 months old today.” These are the words of Israel Lichtensztajn. Israel died during the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, which began 72 years ago this week.

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The monster who was my grandad

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Jennifer Teege says she will never forget meeting Ari Nornberg, a Holocaust survivor. While promoting her book in Tel Aviv this year, she spotted him sitting “two meters in front of me” in the packed room.

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Auschwitz and Birkenau - context for a march that honours the dead and marvels in the living

By Rosa Doherty, April 16, 2015

Day two of my journey with the UK delegation involved a visit to both Auschwitz and Birkenau.

On Thursday 11,000 people from all over the world march the three kilometres between the two camps, designed to contrast with the death marches which took place towards the end of the war.

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Children of survivors learn how to tell their parents’ stories

By Nathan Jeffay, April 16, 2015

Yom Hashoah is always meaningful for Rivka Ochana, but this year it was especially poignant. Thanks to a pioneering new course, she suddenly understands her own Holocaust history "in a completely different light".

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Krakow for Holocaust Remembrance Day: my journey

By Rosa Doherty, April 15, 2015

In Krakow, Poland the sun was shining, the wind blew pleasantly and a large group of Charedim pushed passed me as I disembarked the plane, ready for what one organiser had already promised was going to be ‘a deeply personal journey that would change my life’.

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