The Holocaust

Record number of visitors to Auschwitz in 2015

By Nissan Tzur, August 12, 2015

More than one million people have visited Auschwitz so far in 2015, the highest number ever recorded in the first seven months of a year.

The Auschwitz museum has estimated that, by the end of the year, the number of visitors will be above the 1.53 million people who toured the site last year.


The Board of Deputies calls on student volunteers to support Holocaust survivors

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The Board of Deputies is calling on student volunteers to back its Shoah Survivor Support Project.

The organisation has described the project as a great opportunity for university and secondary school students who would like to support Holocaust survivors who are not engaged with the UK Jewish community.


CrossFit fan does handstand on Holocaust memorial

By Jessica Weinstein, August 11, 2015

A self-styled ‘CrossFit evangelist’ has come under fire for doing a handstand on top of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.

Dave Driskell has been taking handstand photos around the world to help promote fitness and posted a (now deleted) image on of him doing a handstand on the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin on Instagram.


‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.


Britain freed ‘hundreds’ of WW2 Nazis

By Sandy Rashty, July 29, 2015

Britain released “hundreds” of suspected Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust, according to a leading historian.


Remains of 86 Jews used by Nazis for medical experiments found in Strasbourg laboratory

By Jessica Weinstein, July 20, 2015

The remains of 86 Jewish people sent to Nazi gas chambers in 1943 have been found at a forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg in France.

They were found by historian Raphael Toledano and included bodies that were dismembered and burnt and a jar of “skin fragments” from a gas chamber victim.


Britain failed to prosecute ‘book-keeper of Auschwitz’ Oskar Gröning in 1947, researchers reveal

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

Oskar Gröning, the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” who was jailed this week, escaped prosecution in Britain in 1947, it has been revealed.

Gröning, now aged 94, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jews during the Holocaust.


'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' jailed for role in 300,000 deaths

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has been sentenced to four years in prison for aiding the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.

Oscar Groening, now aged 94, was sentenced in court in the north German city of Lueneburg.

He had stood trial in front of Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives over the past four months.


Art dealer's 'ambulance chasers' Holocaust restitution jibe criticised

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A leading art dealer has been criticised for comparing the restitution of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust to “ambulance chasing”.

Julian Agnew, former chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, said the campaign was comparable to lawyers who encourage victims to take litigious action.


‘Israel uses the Holocaust to justify murdering Palestinians’, Gerald Kaufman tells Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

A veteran Labour MP has claimed that Israel uses the Holocaust to “justify” killing Palestinians.

Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, made the claim in Parliament on Wednesday.

Sir Gerald, Manchester Gorton MP, said: “The Israelis use the Holocaust, they use the murder of six million Jews to justify their murder of thousands upon thousands of Palestinians.”