The Holocaust

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 11, 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.


Tombstones hidden from the Nazis uncovered in Vienna

By Josh Jackman, July 10, 2013

Hundreds of Jewish tombstones which were hidden from the Nazis have been uncovered in Vienna.

Memorials at the Rossau site, the oldest Jewish cemetery in Vienna, were buried in 1943 by the few Jews who remained in the Austrian capital. They were unearthed during a recent renovation.


EU’s new leader-nation Lithuania grappling with the Holocaust

By Orlando Radice, July 5, 2013

“We need our Jewish history for ourselves, not just to attract tourists.”

This was the message of Lithuania’s UK Ambassador Asta Skaisgiryte Liauskiene, who admitted that many Lithuanians still need to recognise the giant role that the country’s Jewish community — almost entirely wiped out during the Second World War — played in their national history.