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.


Shoah survivor's son taking on Hillary Clinton

By Robert Philpot, May 7, 2015

VSpoiler alert: Bernie Sanders, who last week became Hillary Clinton's first declared challenger, will not beat her to next year's Democrat presidential nomination.

But that does not make his quixotic campaign any less interesting: Mr Sanders is the first Jew to run for president since Senator Joe Lieberman's ill-fated bid in 2004.


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.


Poland's hero memorial plan sparks outrage

By Nissan Tzur, May 1, 2015

A plan to place a monument in memory of Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has sparked an angry outcry from survivor groups.

A collection of Shoah survivors' children sent a letter to the panel of judges due to select the designer of the monument, objecting to "the violation of the symbolic ground immortalising murder of the Jewish peop


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.


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.


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.


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.


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