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.


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.


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.


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.


Remembering David Cesarani - my teacher

By Imogen Dalziel, October 28, 2015

The first time I met David Cesarani was in 2013, when my father and I travelled to Royal Holloway to discuss the MA in Holocaust Studies that he ran. I’d seen him in documentaries, heard him on the radio and read his articles in newspapers and magazines; in short, I knew he was something of a Big Deal.


Anger as Netanyahu says Palestinian leader convinced Hitler to exterminate Jews

By Marcus Dysch, October 21, 2015

Benjamin Netanyahu has claimed Hitler only decided to carry out the Final Solution after being convinced by a Palestinian leader.

Speaking at the World Zionist Congress, the Israeli Prime Minister said the plan to exterminate European Jews was developed after the Nazi leader met the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini.


Le Pen charged with Holocaust denial

By Michel Gurfinkiel, July 29, 2015

Jean-Marie Le Pen, the founder and former president of France's National Front party, is to be charged over antisemitic remarks he made on TV earlier this year.

Le Pen told BFMTV on April 2: "The gas chambers are just a minor detail in Second World War history, unless one says that Second World War was just a minor detail of the history of gas chambers."


Review: Phoenix

By Brigit Grant, May 9, 2015

Many years ago while working on a newspaper story in Germany, I attended a Friday-night service at a synagogue in Munich. The elderly rabbi was a Holocaust survivor who had returned to the city of his birth after Dachau camp was liberated and I kept looking at him and wondering why?


'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.