Simon Wiesenthal

Imperial War Museum says sorry for branding Jewish fighters against the Nazis ‘terrorists’

By Sandy Rashty, September 22, 2015

The Imperial War Museum has apologised for posting an image that described Jewish soldiers who fought the Nazis during the Second World War as “terrorists”.

The Museum said it was sorry after a representative “accidentally” uploaded the image of the fighters to its website with the caption: “Terrorist activities: Men of the First Battalion Jewish Brigade during a march past.”


Most wanted Nazi charged in Hungary

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2012

The world's most wanted Nazi war criminal has been arrested in Hungary.

Prosecutors in the country said Ladislaus Csizsik-Csatary, 97, was charged with war crimes early this morning.


Obama sends antisemitism tsar to Malmo

By Nathalie Rothschild, April 26, 2012

Hannah Rosenthal, Barack Obama's special envoy to monitor and combat antisemitism, has travelled to Malmö, Sweden, for a closed-doors meeting with the city's mayor who has been accused of fomenting hatred of Jews.

Ilmar Reepalu recently told Swedish magazine Neo that the far-right Sweden Democrat party has "infiltrated the Jewish community in order to push its hatred of Muslims".


Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.


ESPN takes on antisemitic fantasy football teams

By Jennifer Lipman, September 12, 2011

The US sports network ESPN has clamped down on fantasy football teams with antisemitic names.

The decision to remove from its website teams with names including "Jews are Immoral" and "Jews Are Terrible" came after the human rights organisation the Simon Wiesenthal Centre highlighted the issue, after a Jewish parent noticed the content while signing up his son.


Outrage as Kepiro acquitted of Nazi war crimes

By Jennifer Lipman, July 18, 2011

A Hungarian man accused of war crimes during the Holocaust has been acquitted in Serbia.

Sandor Kepiro was alleged to have massacred Jewish, Roma and Serbian people at Novi Sad when he was a 28-year-old officer in the Hungarian gendarmerie.

The majority of the victims of that attack were shot after being led to the icy Danube River in northern Serbia.


Tom Cruise's Holocaust awareness mission

By Jennifer Lipman, May 6, 2011

Hollywood star Tom Cruise has been honoured by a Jewish human rights organisation for his work raising awareness of the Holocaust.

Mr Cruise, 48, was given the Humanitarian Award for his philanthropy work by the Simon Wiesenthal Centre at its annual dinner last night.


Germany top for prosecuting Nazi war criminals

By Jennifer Lipman, January 12, 2011

Germany has been praised for its efforts to bring suspected Nazi war criminals to justice.

The country has been awarded an “A” grade by the Los Angeles - based Simon Wiesenthal Centre in a new report on the international commitment to tracking down former Nazis.

It is the first time anywhere other than the United States has been given the top mark. The findings are based on the period between April 2009 and March 2010.

However, countries including Hungary and Canada have come under criticism in the new report for failing to prosecute suspected Nazi war criminals.


Third most-wanted Nazi suspect dies before trial

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

A man suspected of helping murder 430,000 Jews during the Holocaust has died before he could be brought to trial.

Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre described it as “incredibly frustrating” to lose the chance to try Samuel Kunz for his alleged role in the Nazi massacres at the Belzec death camp in Poland.

Mr Kunz, third on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of wanted Nazis, was indicted in Germany in July for this and also for allegedly shooting ten Jews in two separate incidents.


On this day: Simon Wiesenthal dies

By Jennifer Lipman, September 20, 2010

Simon Wiesenthal described himself as “the deputy of the dead.”

Born in what was then Austria-Hungary, he spent much of his childhood in Vienna before going to Prague to study architecture.

Several members of his family were murdered by the Nazis and he was separated from his wife Cyla and sent to Mauthausen, where he survived, barely.

After the Holocaust the couple, who had believed each other dead, were reunited and in 1946 he opened the Jewish Documentation Centre in Lin, with the aim of identifying former Nazis and bringing them to justice.