Nazism

On this day: Bergen-Belsen liberated

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

When Bergen Belsen, the concentration in which Anne Frank and around 50,000 others perished, was liberated by British troops, they found a place of disease, starvation and death.

The soldiers who first entered the camps later recalled witnessing piles of naked bodies left to rot all around. There were 60,000 people still inside, most barely clinging on to life.

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He sent Anne Frank to Belsen, then joined West German intelligence

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The Nazi officer who seized Anne Frank from her hiding place in an Amsterdam attic and deported her to a concentration camp later served in the West German intelligence agency BND, according to a new book.

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Eichmann trial marked in Israel, Germany fifty years on

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The 50th anniversary of the trial of one of the Nazi regime's most notorious figures is being marked with ceremonies around the world.

The eight-month-long trial of Adolf Eichmann, mastermind of the Nazis' Final Solution to eliminate the Jewish population, opened on April 11 1961. The trial was conducted with Eichmann sitting behind bullet-proof glass and in the glare of the worldwide media.

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Hall of Infamy: Manfred Klaschka

April 6, 2011

"If it's requested, it's made. I don't want to be pulled into this because I'm a confectioner and there's nothing more to it.

"If someone ordered it, I'd create a Gaddafi cake."

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Payout for hospital Gestapo slur victim

By Jennifer Lipman, February 24, 2011

A psychotherapist whose parents sought refuge in Britain during the Holocaust has won a racial discrimination case after a senior hospital manager made a Nazi jibe.

Judy Williams, 52, lost her job at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital on the grounds of acting inappropriately to a vulnerable patient. She appealed the decision and won £80,000 payout for unfair dismissal.

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Nazi accomplice loses US deportation appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, February 16, 2011

A Ukrainian man who during the Holocaust helped perpetrate “some of the most horrific acts against human decency ever known in history” is to be deported from the United States after a Chicago court denied his appeal.

During the Holocaust Osyp Firishchak was part of the Nazi-sponsored Ukrainian Auxiliary Police, a group responsible for murdering more than 100.000 Jews in occupied Poland.

After the war Firishschak moved to the US and worked as a carpenter, gaining US citizenship in 1954.

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Most wanted Nazi war criminal Kepiro charged

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

A Hungarian man accused of massacring more than 1,200 Jewish, Roma and Serbian people during the Holocaust has been charged with war crimes by prosecutors in Budapest.

Sandor Kepiro, listed as one of the top ten most wanted Nazis by the Simon Wiesenthal centre, is alleged to have been one of those responsible for the Novi Sad massacre in 1942.

Most of the victims of the attack were taken to the icy Danube River in northern Serbia and shot.

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On this day: A Nazi comparison

By Jennifer Lipman, January 28, 2011

Mary McAleese made headlines round the world – for all the wrong reasons – with comments made just before she attended a Holocaust Memorial day ceremony.

The Irish president, in office since 1997, likened Protestant treatment of Catholics in Northern Ireland to the actions of the Nazis in 1930s and 1940s Germany.

She said: "They gave to their children an irrational hatred of Jews in the same way that people in Northern Ireland transmitted to their children an irrational hatred, for example, of Catholics.

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Apple remove Nazi 'evil anthem' from iTunes

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2011

Jewish organisations have applauded the decision by technology company Apple to remove a Nazi “anthem of evil” from sale in the ITunes store.

Until now Apple users could buy a version of the notorious marching anthem “Horst Wessel Lied” on the website.

The song, banned in Germany after the Holocaust, is dedicated to a Nazi supporter who died in 1930. It subsequently became a signature tune of the Nazi regime.

A spokesman for Apple Germany said the song was no longer on sale, however there are still concerns about the availability of other Nazi-related tracks on the site.

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On this day: The German–Polish Non-Aggression Pact

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2011

Just a year after Adolf Hitler was chosen as chancellor of Germany, Poland became the first state to form such an alliance with the Nazi administration. Anxious over rising tension between the Nazis and the Soviets, fearful of becoming too reliant on other European powers such as France, Poland’s leaders took a gamble on Germany.

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