The Holocaust

‘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.”


BBC's Nick Robinson warns Holocaust could happen again

By Naomi Firsht, July 7, 2015

BBC political editor Nick Robinson has urged young people to raise the subject of the Holocaust as much as possible in day to day conversation and on social media, “to make people remember”.


The queen visiting Belsen was a significant gesture

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 2, 2015

For us as proud British Jews, the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to Bergen-Belsen was deeply significant.


Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2015

Sir Nicholas Winton, the British hero who saved hundreds of children from Nazi persecution during the Second World War, has died at the age of 106.

Commonly known as the “British Schindler”, Sir Nicholas was responsible for rescuing 669 Czech-Jewish children before they were sent to concentration camps.


World Jewish population reaches pre-Holocaust level at 16.5 million, report says

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

The number of Jewish people in the world is almost the same as it was before the Holocaust, according to Israeli think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Before the Holocaust – in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis – there were 16.5 million Jews in the world.


Queen lays wreath at Bergen-Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Queen has laid a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in commemoration of the 50,000 Holocaust victims who died there.

The visit – her first to a former Nazi concentration camp - was the climax of the four-day royal trip to Germany.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she laid the wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who perished at Belsen.


Memories of a Holocaust survivor: I will never forget their generosity and love

By Myra Goodman, June 25, 2015

Seventy years ago, my parents were liberated from Nazi slave-labour camps. This is a sad anniversary for me. Although my mother and father survived the war, they both lost their parents, most of their relatives, and every single possession. Both were left with deep emotional scars.


Queen’s historic Belsen visit is evidence of the "complete reconciliation" between Britain and Germany

By Marcus Dysch and Rosa Doherty, June 25, 2015

The Queen has described her visit to Bergen-Belsen as evidence of the "complete reconciliation" between Britain and Germany following the war.

She is due to tour the camp on Friday - her first visit to a former Nazi concentration camp - as the climax to her four-day state visit to Germany.


British teenagers fined and given suspended sentences for stealing artefacts from Auschwitz

By Rosa Doherty, June 24, 2015

Two British teenagers have been fined and given suspended sentences in Poland after police found items believed to be stolen from the Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum in their bags.

The teenagers, aged 17 and 18, were fined 1000 Zloty and given a one year probation, suspended for three years, for misappropriation of objects that are artefacts of special cultural significance.


Do we need a number to remember?

By Angela Epstein, June 22, 2015

Last night, I watched a recording of Manchester's recent communities-wide Yom Hashoah memorial presentation. As a member of the organising committee, I wanted to remind myself of what had been an astonishing event.

There were many reasons for this - not least the speakers who included Holocaust survivors and their families as well as veteran broadcaster, Jonathan Dimbleby.