Second World War

Call for new museum to honour the secret listeners who spied on the Nazis

April 21, 2016

Campaigners are fighting to preseve the site where intelligence about the Holocaust was gathered by German Jewish refugees from high-ranking Nazis.

Trent Park mansion, in north London, was used as a prisoner of war camp during the Second World War, for 59 senior German generals, including Hitler's deputy Rudolf Hess.


French honour D-Day veteran who was at Nuremberg trials

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A Second World War veteran who was present at the Nuremberg trials of Nazi war criminals is to be awarded France's highest accolade, the Legion of Honour.

Leslie Sutton, 91, served as a corporal in the RAF and took part in the D-Day landings at Omaha Beach, Normandy.


Bringing wartime shul back to life

March 3, 2016

In 1941, a shul was opened in Macclesfield to accommodate the wartime evacuees who swelled the Jewish population of the Cheshire market town to 200-plus. But they left when the war ended and the synagogue closed in 1946.


Moldovans to dig up grave

By Julie Masis, March 3, 2016

Volunteers in Moldova are getting ready to dig up a grave that is rumoured to contain the bodies of Jews murdered during the Second World War.

The Moldovan community group August - whose members normally search for the remains of Soviet soldiers - will, for the first time, excavate a civilian massacre site, said Vasilii Senicovschii, the leader of the organisation.


Revealed: shame of the Nazi who hated the Nazis

By Nissan Tzur, January 7, 2016

"Those animals. I would like to throw some of those dogs under the tram."

Wilm Hosenfeld, the Nazi officer who famously saved the life of musician Wldyslaw Szpilman - an act commemorated in Roman Polanski's Holocaust film The Pianist - could not bear his anger towards his fellow soldiers.


The numbers are up for Ajex's big parade

By Naomi Firsht, November 12, 2015

The Association of Jewish Ex-Servicemen and Women's annual parade will be commanded by a Jewish serving officer, Lieutenant Colonel Simon Soskin of the Grenadier Guards, for the first time in recent history.


France honours London pensioner for role in D-Day landings

By Rosa Doherty, November 2, 2015

For Mervyn Kersh the morning post contained a “huge surprise” last week – the Legion d’Honneur, France’s highest military honour.

The medal was awarded to the pensioner to mark his involvement in the D-Day landings in 1944.


Treasure hunters dig up Holocaust victims’ graves

By Naomi Firsht, November 2, 2015

Holocaust victims’ graves have been dug up by looters searching for treasure at the former site of the Sobibor death camp in Poland.

Sobibor museum staff taking part in an official archaeological dig found that graves had been disturbed by suspected gold and metal hunters.


Made for TV - how we fought post-war fascists

By Josh Jackman, October 9, 2015

A BBC Two TV mini-series will shed light on the experience of a group of Jewish vigilantes who fought fascists at home after defeating the Nazis on the Second World War battlefields.


The soldier who a created a haven from the hell of the Holocaust

By Karen Glaser, October 8, 2015

Some thought he was a psychologist, others called him a teacher and many knew him as a soldier.

What is certain is that Moshe Ze'iri had a remarkable - if category-resistant - career.

Mr Ze'iri was a member of a Jewish-Palestinian unit in the British army, which was stationed in northern Italy immediately after the war.