The Holocaust

May announces competition to design London Holocaust memorial

By Rosa Doherty, September 14, 2016

Prime Minister Theresa May has announced there will be a competition to design a Holocaust memorial next to Parliament.

During Prime Minster's questions Mrs May updated the House on plans to build a national Holocaust memorial and learning centre in Victoria Gardens, central London.


95 year-old Auschwitz paramedic charged for part in over 3,600 murders

By JC Reporter, September 12, 2016

A 95-year-old former Auschwitz paramedic has been charged as being an accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people.

Hubert Zafke, who until recently was known only as Hubert Z, was charged in a German court on Monday.


Survivor charity seeks last batch of beneficiaries

By Lianne Kolirin, September 8, 2016

A final call is going out to UK-based Holocaust survivors and refugees to seek hardship grants from the Six Point Foundation before it uses up its cash.

The foundation was set up in 2011 with a £4 million endowment from the Otto Schiff Housing Association to improve the quality of life for those in financial difficulty.

It has since helped more than 315 survivors and refugees with more than


Teenager's shock over murdered family

By Rosa Doherty, September 8, 2016

A non-Jewish British teenager has discovered that 150 of his relatives - including two babies - were murdered by the Nazis.

Nineteen-year-old Jack Nicholls found out that so many members of his family had perished at Auschwitz and Sobibor during a visit to Yad Vashem. "It felt really strange, seeing those names and knowing how many people in my family died," he said.


German village's tribute in bricks

By Josh Jackman, September 8, 2016

The son of a Holocaust survivor has said that seeing three generations of his family honoured by the German village they lived in before the war was "very emotional."

Laurence Leyens, whose 90-year-old father Gerald escaped on one of the Kindertransport trains to Britain, attended a ceremony in Schwanenberg where the community unveiled the tribute.

Mr Leyens witnessed the opening of a new ho


Kindertransport memorial will honour parents

By Charlotte Oliver, August 31, 2016

It is a long-celebrated story of survival: nearly 10,000 European children saved from almost certain death via the Kindertransport.

But often little is known about the parents who were forced to wave goodbye to their children, unsure if or when they would ever see them again.

It is thought that most of those who parted from their offspring were sent to concentration camps.


Funding boost helps survivor film

By Charlotte Oliver, August 25, 2016

Three filmmakers have achieved their goal of raising the £15,000 needed to complete their documentary on Holocaust survivors.

Paul Mortlock, Michael Bentwood and Geoff Brooks, from Manchester, had started production on The Kindness of Strangers, a film that features in-depth interviews with three Shoah survivors, a United States army veteran who helped to liberate a concentration camp, and a f


No room for gesture musician

By Josh Jackman, August 25, 2016

A songwriter who caused controversy with an antisemitic quenelle gesture is not expected to perform at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival this year.

Alison Chabloz claimed on Tuesday that her 45-minute show Tell Me More Lies would run for four days during the festival at a central venue. But the site did not include her in its online listings.


Polish government rewrites history

By Tim Marshall, August 25, 2016

The passage of time is supposed to be a great healer. It can also expose wounds which were only partially covered. In Poland, we see the latter.

The governing right-wing Law and Justice Party (PiS) has announced legislation which, if enacted, will make it a crime to refer to "Polish concentration camps" or "Polish death camps".


Magda Goebbels' biological father may have been Jewish

By JC Reporter, August 21, 2016

The discovery of a new document in the Berlin archives suggests that Magda Goebbel's biological father was Jewish.

The document, which was discovered by writer and historian Oliver Hilmes, and was published in the German newspaper, Bild, sheds a new light on the wife of Nazi Germany’s most notorious and high-ranking officials.