The Holocaust

Queen lays wreath at Bergen-Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Queen has laid a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in commemoration of the 50,000 Holocaust victims who died there.

The visit – her first to a former Nazi concentration camp - was the climax of the four-day royal trip to Germany.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she laid the wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who perished at Belsen.

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Memories of a Holocaust survivor: I will never forget their generosity and love

By Myra Goodman, June 25, 2015

Seventy years ago, my parents were liberated from Nazi slave-labour camps. This is a sad anniversary for me. Although my mother and father survived the war, they both lost their parents, most of their relatives, and every single possession. Both were left with deep emotional scars.

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Queen’s historic Belsen visit is evidence of the "complete reconciliation" between Britain and Germany

By Marcus Dysch and Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

The Queen has described her visit to Bergen-Belsen as evidence of the "complete reconciliation" between Britain and Germany following the war.

She is due to tour the camp on Friday - her first visit to a former Nazi concentration camp - as the climax to her four-day state visit to Germany.

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British teenagers fined and given suspended sentences for stealing artefacts from Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2015

Two British teenagers have been fined and given suspended sentences in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were fined 1000 Zloty and given a one year probation, suspended for three years, for misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.

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Do we need a number to remember?

By Angela Epstein, June 22, 2015

Last night, I watched a recording of Manchester's recent communities-wide Yom Hashoah memorial presentation. As a member of the organising committee, I wanted to remind myself of what had been an astonishing event.

There were many reasons for this - not least the speakers who included Holocaust survivors and their families as well as veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby.

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Still tormented by the past

By Melanie Phillips, June 18, 2015

I recently read two gripping books that had more in common than might at first be thought. Indeed, one might detect an alarming continuum.

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Luxembourg apologises for Holocaust role

By Josh Jackman, June 11, 2015

The Luxembourg government has for the first time apologised to its Jewish population for its role in the Holocaust, admitting that some officials were complicit in the killings.

Around a third of the Duchy’s Jews - 1,200 victims - were killed during its Nazi occupation, which lasted from May 1940 to September 1944.

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Twitter brings crowd to funeral of Holocaust survivor with no relatives

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 10, 2015

A Twitter post about the funeral of a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor with no remaining family went viral earlier today, leading to over 100 people attending.

Former banker Rachel Steinmetz tweeted at dawn on June 10, asking her followers to attend the funeral of a 93-year-old woman, who was being flown in from her home in New York to be buried in Israel.

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"Enemy aliens": The untold story of the women on Man

By Sarah Ebner, June 7, 2015

Katherine Hallgarten was just a year old when she became an "enemy alien" in the Second World War. As hysteria against the Germans grew, she and her mother, Ruth Borchard, were removed from London to the Isle of Man. They had no idea when they would return.

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Survivor who faced on-trial Nazi guard

By Naomi Firsht, June 4, 2015

A Holocaust survivor has described the moment he came face to face with a former SS guard who is on trial for war crimes.

Ivor Perl, 83, said the experience of giving evidence at the trial of Oskar Groening had lifted "a burden off my shoulders".

Known as the "book-keeper of Auschwitz", Groening was responsible for sorting through prisoners' belongings and sending their money to Berlin.

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