The Holocaust

Tragedy in Riga: the Shoah story nobody told

By Vanessa Curtis, November 17, 2013

In June 2012 I took a trip to Riga, capital city of Latvia, intending to research for my forthcoming young adult novel.

There is much for the tourist to admire in Riga today, not least the Daugava River with its humped, serpent-like bridge and the giant Zeppelin hangars which house the Riga Central Market, buzzing with life and heaped with vast piles of fruit, fish, cheese and meat.


Germany must seek out owners of looted art

By Oliver Kamm, November 15, 2013

To the devoutly irreligious like me, the word “miracle” does not come easily. Yet two developments since 1945 might reasonably be described that way.


Ebay Shoah seller may face police probe

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

An eBay user who tried to auction an Auschwitz prisoner’s uniform online for more than £11,000 has made a public apology to the man’s family — and has offered to return the clothing to them.

Viktor Kempf, a Ukrainian living in Canada, was selling the full concentration camp uniform, which he claimed belonged to Wolf-Gierszon Grundmann, on the online retail site last week.


Douglas Alexander attacks critics who compare Israel to Nazis

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has attacked critics who compare Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis.

Following a tour of Auschwitz, the Labour frontbencher said people who liken Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the suffering of Jews in concentration camps are “as offensive as they are ignorant”.


German documents show Goebbels link to Nazi stolen art scandal

By Daniel Easterman, November 11, 2013

Official German government documents have revealed that Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi propaganda minister, had close dealings with the father of the man responsible for hoarding 1,406 pieces of stolen Jewish art.

According to German newspaper, Bild, the documents show that Goebbels sold 200 works of art to Hildebrand Gurlitt for only 4,000 Swiss francs (about £2,700).


How Kristallnacht actually saved lives

By Fred Barschak, November 9, 2013

On November 9 1938, a Wednesday, at the age of seven years and eight months, I was standing at my bedroom window looking across the street where, some 25 yards away, the synagogue, the famous Schiffschul, was burning. Unknown to me, so were
22 other synagogues and some 60 shtiebls in Vienna alone.


Zionist youth movement accused of withholding Holocaust victims' property

By Shira Rubin, November 8, 2013

A company that works on the restitution of Holocaust victims’ assets in Israel has claimed in a Jerusalem lawsuit that the Betar Zionist youth movement withheld more than NIS 10 million (£1.7m) worth of property.

The Hashava Company alleges that Betar illegally held properties in central Israel that were purchased in the 1930s by Polish Jews who eventually perished in the Holocaust.


Kindertransport play coming to UK train station

By Charlotte Oliver, November 8, 2013

Seventy-five years ago, train stations across the country filled with child refugees arriving from Nazi-occupied Europe, at the start of what became known as the Kindertransport.


Nazi-looted art revealed in Munich

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2013

Dozens of previously unseen artworks were among the hundreds of Nazi-looted pieces discovered in Germany, it has been revealed.

German authorities displayed paintings by Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and other renowned artists during a press conference in Munich on Tuesday morning.


eBay issues apology for Nazi memorabilia sold on its site

By Charlotte Oliver, November 4, 2013

Online auction site eBay issued an apology yesterday, after it was revealed that its users were trading Nazi Holocaust memorabilia.

Among the offensive items uncovered by the Mail on Sunday were yellow Star of David armbands, shoes thought to have belonged to concentration camp victims, and an Auschwitz prisoner uniform.