Holocaust Memorial Day

Survivor's story: 'I didn't know my real family'

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

The family of Joan Salter, 72, fled Brussels in 1942. Assisted by the French Resistance, who hid them in a laundry van, they travelled from Paris to Lyon before attempting to reach Spain. However, she and relatives were captured and imprisoned near the Pyrenees.


Survivor's story: 'People say I was lucky to escape. What do they know?

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 31, 2013

Vienna-born Margit Cohen, 90, has not previously spoken to anyone beyond her family about her experiences as an only child who left her parents to board a Kindertransport to England in December 1938. Her father and most of his seven siblings were murdered in Nazi camps — Mrs Cohen never discovered her mother’s fate.


Reacting to bigotry

January 31, 2013

With depressing regularity, Holocaust Memorial Day seems to provide an annual excuse for fools the world over to parade their prejudice. And there appear to be few bigger than the LibDem MP, David Ward. Offered any number of opportunities to rein back from his accusation that "the Jews" are collectively guilty of daily atrocities that compare with the Shoah, he went even further.


Clegg is reunited with Auschwitz tour group

By Zoe Winograd, January 31, 2013

Students who joined Nick Clegg on an Auschwitz visit met the Liberal leader and deputy PM once again as they witnessed his signing of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Book of Commitment against prejudice and racism.


Survivor's story: 'I often wonder why I was spared out of millions'

By Sandy Rashty, January 31, 2013

Hungarian-born Professor Ladislaus Lob and his father were in Bergen-Belsen under comparatively privileged conditions. They were among 1,700 Jews who survived through a financial agreement negotiated by Rezso Kasztner with Adolf Eichmann, adminstrator of the Final Solution. Mr Kasztner’s actions were the subject of great post-war controversy in Israel.


Scarfe promises UK public apology over HMD cartoon

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2013

Cartoonist Gerald Scarfe has been reprimanded across the board for his drawing attacking Benjamin Netanyahu in last week's Sunday Times, including by the paper's acting editor Martin Ivens and its proprietor Rupert Murdoch.


Israel, the Nazis and yet another comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, January 30, 2013

Ah, those charming folk at the Muslim Public Affairs Committee.


Chief Rabbi weighs into Sunday Times Scarfe cartoon row

By Jennifer Lipman, January 29, 2013

The chief rabbi has warned of the dangers of "inflammatory" images such as Gerald Scarfe's Sunday Times cartoon about Benjamin Netanyahu.


Holocaust survivors tweet to reach new generation

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2013

The lessons of the Holocaust were transmitted to a new generation via Twitter on Sunday as two survivors joined a live question and answer session on the social networking site.

The session, organised by the Holocaust Educational trust to coincide with the annual Holocaust Memorial Day, saw users put questions to Zigi Shipper and Eva Clarke.


Berlusconi praises Mussolini at Holocaust event

By Sandy Rashty, January 28, 2013

Former Italian prime minister Silvio Berlusconi praised Benito Mussolini at a Shoah commemoration event in Milan on Sunday.

Having appeared to fall asleep during the ceremony, Mr Berlusconi told reporters that while the fascist dictator’s 1938 antisemitic laws were “were the worst fault of Mussolini as a leader”, in other respects he “did good things”.