The Holocaust

Dramatic turning of tables on the Gestapo

By Anna Sheinman, July 30, 2013

Knock, knock. Who’s there? A former Gestapo officer asking the Jewish man he used to give orders to for a job reference. There is no need to guess the punchline because this is not a joke.

It reflects a meeting that took place in the summer of 1945 in the German city of Mainz and is the subject of The Gestapo Minutes, a Radio 4 play by Adam Ganz, which is being broadcast next week.


£30million deal to hand over Holocaust assets

By Bernard Josephs, July 25, 2013

An historic agreement between the Jewish National Fund and Hashava, a company set up in 2007 by the Israeli government for the restitution of Holocaust victims’ assets is expected to lead to the return of nearly £30 million (NIS 159,000,000) to the families of victims.


Swiss banks ‘handed out £800m to Shoah victims and heirs’

By Josh Jackman, July 16, 2013

Holocaust survivors and victims’ heirs have reportedly been paid more than £800 million by a Swiss fund created after banks were accused of withholding money from Jews.

According to Tachles, a Swiss-Jewish magazine, 457,000 Jews have been compensated since a settlement was made in 1998 between the World Jewish Congress and Swiss banks.


Tisha B'Av: And you should tell it to your children

By Zoe Winograd, July 16, 2013
'And you should tell it to your children' is the first installment of a three part series made by Aish UK and Jroots. The short film explores the festival Tisha B'Av through the themes of belief and the Holocaust, featuring an interview with Chief Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks. To see the full film click here


Israeli General leading Shoah education

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 15, 2013

On his first visit to England, 85-year-old retired Israeli Army general, Aryeh Lebovitz, took a gruelling speaking schedule in his stride.


Bercow is backing HET

July 15, 2013

Following a London conference for the Holocaust Educational Trust’s young ambassadors on Monday, ambassadors, survivors and key HET supporters were hosted by the Speaker, John Bercow, in Westminster.


John Bercow hosts HET ambassadors

By Cathy Forman, July 15, 2013

The Holocaust Educational Trust held a reception for its regional ambassadors — young people who have taken part in the trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz project.

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Remember, it’s not enough just to teach our children

By Olivia Marks-Woldman, July 14, 2013

I was on a Jewish youth group residential trip and must have been about 13 or 14. The caretaker of the hostel took me to one side, where no one would overhear. “I heard what your group was discussing this morning,” he said quietly, “I think you should see this.” And he showed me the tattoo on his arm.


Shoah slur by MP in Commons

By Marcus Dysch, July 12, 2013

A Liberal Democrat MP has been criticised after he appeared to equate the Holocaust with events in the Middle East.

During a Parliamentary debate on the new national curriculum on Monday, Sir Bob Russell asked Education Secretary Michael Gove about the intention to provide “more coverage of world history”.


Hungary signs off reparations settlement

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

The Hungarian government has agreed to a multi-million pound settlement to provide reparations to Holocaust survivors living abroad, ending a year-long dispute.

The deal, announced on last weekend, will initially release $5.6m (£3.76m) to the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, which distributes restitution payments.