Survivor stories

Auschwitz survivor who settled in Israel is world's oldest man

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

An Auschwitz survivor is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records.

Yisrael Kristal was born in 1903, and broke the record at 112 years and 178 days old.

He takes over as the oldest living man after the death of Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who was 112 years and 312 days old.


Shoah survival stories will be saved

By Marcus Dysch, March 12, 2015

Holocaust survivors who have never previously told their story have been urged to come forward so that their testimony can be recorded for posterity.

Sir Peter Bazalgette, chairman of the UK Holocaust Memorial Foundation, said there was an urgent need to ensure ageing survivors' stories were saved to help teach future generations.

The foundation - formed as a result of David Cameron's year-l


Survivor stories on show

By Adam Henderson, August 28, 2014

Holocaust survivor stories collated through a Scottish initiative are being exhibited at Glasgow Caledonian University.

Thirty-seven survivors were interviewed through the Gathering the Voices project for the exhibition, which will be made available to other educational institutions.


'We walked and slept in the snow - it was hell'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

When Bob Obuchowski was 11, the Nazis came into his small Polish town of Ozorkow. The 2,300 Jews were forced into a school building and made to undress, then lined up and stamped either A or B to indicate their destination. Most, including his parents and all but one of his three siblings, were sent straight to their death. The 500 who remained were incarcerated in a ghetto.


'How I survived Bergen-Belsen'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 27, 2012

After Zahava Kohn's mother, Rosy Kanarek, died 10 years ago, she discovered an extraordinary collection of documents, letters, ration books and photographs telling the story of the family's experiences during the Holocaust.


'If you couldn't walk, they shot you'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

As a child growing up in a Romanian village, Leslie Kleinman heard stories about the Nazis from Polish escapees.

"One man said they were pulling children's legs apart and killing them," recalled Mr Kleinman, who was 14 when the Nazis arrived in his village in the spring of 1944. "I thought it was just a story. When I got to Auschwitz, I realised it was true."


'I was so scared when the Gestapo held us at gunpoint'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 26, 2012

Helen Stein was 13 when the Gestapo interrogated her at gunpoint.

"One pointed his revolver towards me. I will never forget. I was asked my name, my address and who organised the journey. And after each question: 'Are you Jewish?' I told them my real name. I told them, 'I'm frightened.'"


Last minute 'reprieve' for Austrian refugee, 87

By Jessica Elgot, July 28, 2011

An 87-year-old former refugee from Nazi-occupied Austria received a last-minute invitation to an Austrian Embassy commemoration event, after being told the event was full.

Vienna-born Alice Malcolm, 87, complained to the JC last week that despite travelling from Glasgow to London, and her daughter Vivien Lobell flying from New York, the embassy had told her that the event to mark the 70th anniv


Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan


Czech mates meet again in London

By Jay Grenby, June 2, 2011

Czech Ambassador Michael Žantovský hosted the annual reunion of Holocaust survivors and their families originating from Ostrava, organised by Kingston Synagogue's Ostrava Scroll Group.

Seventy "Ostrawaks" attended, some travelling from the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium and Germany.