Refugees' hidden role to be revealed on stage

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2012

The Jewish refugees who played a vital but hidden role in Britain’s Second World War intelligence efforts are to be celebrated in a new stage production.

As war raged across Europe, the British recruited German-speakers who had fled Nazi persecution and posted them as “listeners” in prisoner of war camps across the country.


Kindertransport play makes debut

By Jonathan Kalmus, May 31, 2012

The harrowing journey of 10,000 Jewish children, in a new musical work about the Kindertransport, was exclusively previewed to the Jewish community on Wednesday.


Outrage over honour for Lithuanian Nazi leader

By Jessica Elgot, May 17, 2012

The puppet prime minister installed in Lithuania during the Nazi occupation is to be commemorated in the capital this week, and reinterred with full honours.

The remains of Juozas Ambrazevicius will be returned from the US to Vilnius for a ceremony this weekend, before being reinterred in Kaunas, in central Lithuania.


‘Brainwashed’ councillor is former Nazi

By Marcus Dysch, May 17, 2012

A former neo-Nazi who once daubed buildings with swastikas has been elected as a local councillor.

Margaret Burke won a seat on Milton Keynes Council earlier this month after demonstrating her remorse to local Labour Party officials and describing her earlier activities as those of a “brainwashed idiot”.


Greek Jews: Golden Dawn vote 'serious blow' to democracy

By Jennifer Lipman, May 9, 2012

Members of the Greek Jewish community have expressed alarm following the election of the neo-Nazi Golden Dawn Party to the country's parliament on the weekend.

In a statement, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece described the inclusion of 21 members of the party as a "serious blow" to Greek democracy.


Teacher accused over 'Nazi' jibe during history lesson

By Sandy Rashty, May 2, 2012

An American teacher was arrested earlier this week after being accused of hauling a student across the classroom and shrieking "this is what the Nazis do to Jews".

Police in South Carolina have confirmed that Patricia Mulholland pulled the 12 year old schoolboy to the floor by his collar during a history lesson. She was also said to have shouted "burn Jew" at the pupil.


Urban Outfitters criticised for selling yellow star T-shirt

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2012

The American fashion company Urban Outfitters has been criticised by for selling a yellow T-shirt emblazoned with a logo in the shape of a star of David. Critics have argued that the design evokes the Holocaust-era labels the Jews were forced to wear by the Nazis.


Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk dies a free man

By Jennifer Lipman, March 17, 2012

A man sentenced to five years in jail last May for his role in the mass murder of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has died at the age of 91.

John Demjanjuk was convicted of being an accessory to the deaths of more than 28,000 people while he was a guard at Sobibor concentration camp.


Swastikas anger MPs

By Marcus Dysch, March 8, 2012

The desecration of a war memorial involving Nazi graffiti has been condemned by MPs.

Vandals drew swastikas and comments praising the Nazis on the British Thomson Houston memorial in Rugby, Warwickshire.


Le Pen fine over Nazi 'blunder'

By Michel Zlotowski, February 23, 2012

Last week the Paris Court of Appeal handed an 83-year-old Jean-Marie Le Pen a three-month suspended sentence and a 10,000 euro (£8,300) fine for minimising Nazi crimes during the occupation of France.

In 2005, Le Pen, then president of the extreme-right wing Front National, said: "The German occupation had not been especially inhuman, even if some blunders occurred, unavoidable in a 550,000 sq