Beautiful music does not drown out shameful history of the past

By Norman Lebrecht, March 15, 2013

The longest-serving concertmaster of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra spent his declining years in a house in Blackheath. During the Blitz he took out his Stradivarius and entertained his neighbours in the bomb shelter.


Dismay over Shoah findings

By Efraim Zuroff, March 11, 2013

I have to admit that my initial reaction to the media revelations regarding the figures on the number of camps in the Third Reich as published in the New York Times on March 1 was one of annoying dismay.


Revealed: the hidden Nazi death camps

By Jennifer Lipman and Sandy Rashty, March 7, 2013

The scale of Nazi atrocities was at least six times worse than previously thought, new research has revealed this week.

Geoffrey Megargee and British academic Martin Dean, who are based at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, are midway through a 25-year project to catalogue the Nazi campaign in the years before and during the Final Solution.


Researchers find shocking new Holocaust figures

By Jennifer Lipman, March 4, 2013

The scale of the Nazis' attempt to eradicate Europe's Jewish population could far exceed what historians have long believed to be the case, according to a group of academics from the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum.


Amazon cuts links to ‘neo-Nazi’ German security staff

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Online retailer Amazon has severed all ties with German security firm HESS following allegations that the protection company has neo-Nazi links and that some of its black-clad, shaven headed employees were intimidating the website’s seasonal workers.

A documentary on German TV channel ARD alleged that HESS guards were mistreating Amazon’s foreign temporary employees at their hostels.


Civilisation beyond the Church

By Oliver Kamm, February 15, 2013

It is particularly difficult for a Pope that comes from Germany to come here,” said Benedict XVI at Auschwitz in 2006. This was surely true.

But the Pope, who resigned this week, might have mentioned, too, the difficulties for the Roman Catholic Church in confronting its own historical contribution to the hatreds that fuelled the Holocaust.


Top police commissioner resigns after 'Nazism' retweet

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2013

A deputy police and crime commissioner has resigned after sending a Tweet that appeared to compare political opponents to Nazis.

Rachel Frosh, who began work in the role in Hertfordshire last December, retweeted a message which stated: “Dear #Socialists, embrace your inner #Nazism” earlier this month.


Greek Nazi party goes to Nuremberg

By Anna Sheinman and Ray Filar, February 7, 2013

The Greek neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, is believed to have set up a cell in Nuremberg, the German city that gave its name to the Nazis’ antisemitic Nuremberg Laws.

A Bavarian office for the protection of the constitution told the Guardian that Golden Dawn was also cultivating a “network of neo-Nazi contacts” in the federal state. This was denied by the Greek party.


Huddersfield Town fan banned for Nazi salute

By Jennifer Lipman, February 1, 2013

A football fan has been banned from attending all football matches in England for the next three years after making a Nazi salute during a Championship game.

Gareth Smith, a Huddersfield Town supporter, was handed the ban by the courts on Thursday after being photographed making the gesture at a match in December.


Jewish survivor writes memoir on being Hitler’s neighbour

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A Second World War survivor has written a memoir about his notorious former neighbour – Adolf Hitler.

Munich-born Edgar Feuchtwanger, who has co-written “My Neighbour Hitler: memories of a Jewish child” with French journalist Bertil Scali, recalls his childhood under Nazi rule – from meeting the dictator face-to-face to experiencing antisemitic persecution.