The Holocaust

Queen to visit Bergen-Belsen

By JC Reporter, May 18, 2015

The Queen is to visit the site of Bergen-Belsen concentration camp next month, Buckingham Palace has announced.

She will joined by the Duke of Edinburgh at the camp in northern Germany, where around 70,000 people died at the hands of the Nazis and which was liberated 70 years ago by British troops.


Bringing humanity to the Holocaust

By David Robson, May 14, 2015

When the Israelites were liberated from Egypt after centuries of slavery, they presumably felt elated but it wasn't very long before the rumbling started and Moses was dealing with serious complaints and demands. The liberation from Belsen was, of course, even more miraculous.


KL: A History of the Concentration Camps

By David Cesarani, May 14, 2015

By Nicholas Wachsmann
Little, Brown, £25

An uschwitz is a universal symbol of evil and the metonym for Jewish suffering under the Nazis. However, while it played a major part in the destruction of Jewish lives, it was not designed for that purpose. Though often taken to epitomise the concentration camps, it was hardly typical of the system.


Interview: Sir Ralph Kohn

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2015

Ralph Kohn still remembers the moment his ship docked at Liverpool - the moment he came to the UK as a child fleeing Nazi persecution with nothing but the clothes on his back.


‘Book-keeper of Auschwitz’ in tears as survivor testifies

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2015

A Holocaust survivor’s testimony about the horror of Auschwitz at the trial of former camp guard Oskar Groening reduced the defendant to tears on Tuesday.

Mr Groening, 93, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, stands accused of being complicit in the deaths of 300,000 camp victims.


VE Day and the Jews: Moment of mingled joy and grief

By Colin Shindler, May 8, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on May 8 1945, many British Jews said the shehechayanu blessing to give thanks that they had survived to see that day. It was Victory in Europe Day, which marked the defeat of Nazi Germany and the formal end of hostilities in Europe.


Poignancy that spoke louder than any words

By Hon Vice Admiral Lord Sterling, May 8, 2015

When I was strolling through the gardens of the cemetery at Belsen at the huge Hohne Barracks of the British Forces in Germany, the sun was breaking through the heavy, rain-laden clouds, and one could feel the silence and a remarkable sense of peace.


Survivor squalor

May 7, 2015

Whatever our politics, whatever our religious outlook, whatever our income, there is surely one thing on which we can all agree: it cannot be right for Holocaust survivors to live in poverty. Many will be shocked to discover that, according to the Six Point Foundation, there are at least one hundred survivors living below the breadline in squalor. That is a figure that shames our community.


'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.