The Holocaust

Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning jailed for camp murders

By JC Reporter, June 17, 2016

A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been jailed for five years after being convicted of being an accessory to murder on 170,000 counts.

Former SS Sergeant Reinhold Hanning worked in the Nazi death camp between 1942 and 1944, and at a time when thousands of Hungarian Jews were gassed.

Hanning had maintained that he served in a part of the camp where gassings did not occur.


Thirty one countries adopt working definition of antisemitism

By JC Reporter, May 31, 2016

The International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA) has adopted a working definition of antisemitism.


Police hunt ‘neo-Nazis’ who performed Hitler salute in morgue at Buchenwald death camp

By Rosa Doherty, May 26, 2016

Police in Germany are investigating after two suspected British neo-Nazis were pictured performing a Hitler salute in Buchenwald concentration camp.

The photograph, published by National Action, a known British neo-Nazi group, shows two men with concealed faces saluting in the camp where more than 56,000 Jews were murdered.


'Picturing how I was almost not born'

By Stephen Applebaum, May 26, 2016

If the Nazis had had their way, the Franco-Australian film-maker/painter Philippe Mora, like so many Jews, would never have been born. His mother, Mirka, her two siblings and his grandmother were arrested in Paris during the Roundup (Rafle du Vel' d'Hiv), in 1942, and sent to a transit camp in Pithiviers, from where they'd expected to be transported to Auschwitz.


Amsterdam to reimburse taxes paid by survivors

By Shirley Haasnoot, May 26, 2016

Amsterdam's City Council has agreed to pay the local Jewish community £8 million as compensation for forcing returning Holocaust survivors to pay property taxes that they had incurred while in death camps and in exile around Europe.

Mayor Eberhard van der Laan made the announcement at the opening of a new Holocaust museum in the city last week.


Hundreds honour Kindertransport hero Sir Nicholas Winton

By Josh Jackman, May 19, 2016

Dame Esther Rantzen has hailed Sir Nicholas Winton as “a hero” who “proved that one person can make such a difference” during a moving memorial service for the Holocaust hero.

Around 400 people attended the service this afternoon, including 28 of the 669 mostly Jewish children who Sir Nicholas helped escape from Czechoslovakia to Britain.


A major Dutch memorial - about time

By Shirley Haasnoot, May 19, 2016

My former boss Tamarah Benima, then editor-in-chief of the Dutch Jewish weekly, once taught me something about grief and the importance of objects. We were discussing a news item about some small pieces of jewellery that had been stolen from Jews during the Second World War. Now they were being returned to their descendants. "It's not about the value of a necklace, or its beauty," she said.


'Everything I have today is because of you' - emotional reunion between a Holocaust survivor and the man who saved his life

By Jessica Weinstein, May 19, 2016

A moving reunion between two men who changed each other’s lives took place this week.

In 1945 American soldier Sid Shafner helped rescue and liberate approximately 30,000 prisoners from a Nazi concentration camp. Last week he was reunited with Marcel Levy, one of the survivors he helped.


Brother loses claim to half of £3m 'Holocaust fund'

By Rosa Doherty, May 15, 2016

An accountant has lost a battle with his sister over a secret £3 million fund set up by their Jewish father in case there was another Holocaust.

Alan Hamilton told the High Court he was furious when his sister Carolyn inherited twice as much money as he was from the fund.


Mirvis pins hopes on new 'heroes'

By Josh Jackman, May 12, 2016

Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis has called for community members to be "a new generation of heroes", prepared to take up the educational baton from Holocaust survivors.