Nazi occupation

School recognises my plight — after 70 years

By Simon Rocker, June 5, 2008

Seventy years after being forced to sit at the back of her Austrian classroom, an 87-year-old woman has finally received an acknowledgement of her suffering from the school.

Katerina Fuchs of Hendon, North-West London, was 17 when the Germans marched into Austria in 1938, in what was known as the Anschluss, or annexation.

She and other Jewish pupils at the Radetskyschule in Vienna were separated from other students when the Nazis took over.


Insights of a child running from the Nazis

By Miriam Halahmy, May 16, 2008

Child of all nations
By Irmgard Keun (Translated by Michael Hofman)
Penguin Classics, £14.99

Holding my breath
By Sidura Ludwig
Tindal Street Press, £8.99

It is 1936, and nine-year-old Kully and her parents are on the run from Nazi Germany. Her father, a well-known author, has published his opposition to the regime. Penniless, they join the mêlée of émigrés swilling around the capitals of Europe, scrounging for every meal.


Heroine of the Warsaw Ghetto dies, aged 98

By Ruth Ellen Gruber, May 16, 2008

Tributes have been paid to Irena Sendler, a Polish Catholic resistance heroine who helped save 2,500 Jewish children from the Warsaw Ghetto and died this week aged 98.

“A great person has died — a person with a great heart, with great organisational talents, a person who always stood on the side of the weak,” Marek Edelman, the last surviving leader of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, told Polish television.

Heroine: Irena Sendler as a young woman


A Secret

By Gerald Aaron, May 8, 2008


Philippe Grimbert’s well-received 2004 autobiographical novel Secret centred on a Parisian Jewish family suffering unspeakable strain during the Second World War German occupation of France.

Now the novel has been sensitively adapted for the screen by director Claude Miller (with Natalie Carter) and transformed into compelling, beautifully played drama.


Travels with my father the 'spy'

By Alex Kasriel, April 24, 2008

Stuart Urban’s film about his dad’s wartime adventures led to some welcome family bonding, he tells Alex Kasriel


Historian wins a pulitzer

April 10, 2008

Historian Saul Friedlander, 75, who was born in Prague, has won a Pulitzer Prize for his book The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945.