The Holocaust

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 is because of you' - emotional reunion between 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.


Survivor charity runs out of cash

May 12, 2016

A film shown during the London Yom HaShoah ceremony was a valedictory statement from the Six Point Foundation as the charity, supporting Holocaust survivors and refugees, is expected to have exhausted its funding by next March.

The foundation received a £4 million endowment from the Otto Schiff Housing Association for grants, particularly for those experiencing hardship.


Pair seeking Holocaust survivor dad discover they are siblings

By Toby Axelrod, May 12, 2016

A half-brother and sister, children of a Holocaust survivor, have found each other with help from the International Tracing Service in Germany.

Ursula, a German, and Eli, an Israeli, have never met. But they have spoken, after ITS employee Adina Horn, who helps answer queries from people searching for relatives, made the connection and put them in touch.


Lib Dems speak to ex-MP David Ward after he backs Naz Shah antisemitic comments

By Marcus Dysch, May 9, 2016

The Liberal Democrats have confirmed that former MP David Ward has been reminded of the party’s stance against antisemitism after he backed a Labour MP’s Jew-hate comments.

Mr Ward was elected as a Lib Dem councillor in Bradford in last Thursday’s local elections.


Scottish MP pays compensation over ‘Holocaust denier’ slur

By Josh Jackman, May 9, 2016

An MP who accused a leading campaigner of being an “outed Holocaust denier” has apologised for the slur and agreed to pay £10,000 in compensation.

Natalie McGarry, the Scottish National Party MP for Glasgow East, also called Scotland in Union director Alastair Cameron an “internet troll” in a tweet posted on March 6.