The Holocaust

Bergen Belsen survivor recalls moment of liberation

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2015

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp Bergen Belsen by the 11th Armoured Division of the British Army, Holocaust survivors and witnesses rallied to tell their stories.

Holocaust survivor Judy Rosenzweig remembers the moment British troops liberated the Bergen Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany.

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Tears as camp liberation anniversary approaches

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

April 15 is always an emotional day for Gena Turgel, but this year it will be more heartfelt than ever,
The date marks the liberation by British troops of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, in 1945.

As an inmate in the camp, Mrs Turgel remembers the day well, and recalling events in the run-up to next week’s 70th anniversary, she found it hard to hold back the tears.

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Survivors brushing up

March 19, 2015

The art of Holocaust Survivors Centre members has found a wider audience with the opening of an exhibition of their drawings and landscapes at the Wiener Library in central London.

Among the featured artists is Renie Inow, who came to England from Germany on the Kindertransport just before the start of the war.

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Survivor's debt to centre

March 12, 2015

Auschwitz survivor Freddie Knoller received a standing ovation from guests at Jewish Care's young patrons dinner as he explained how the Holocaust Survivors Centre had changed his life.

"For 35 years, I never spoke a word about what had happened to me in the Holocaust," Mr Knoller, 93, recalled. "My children asked what they were supposed to say to my grandchildren. So I began to tell them.

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Outrage over eBay 'Jew soap'

By Toby Axelrod, March 11, 2015

A Dutch eBay vendor has been stopped from selling what he claimed was soap made from Jewish victims of the Nazis.

The vendor turned himself in to the authorities, and an investigation is underway as to the authenticity of his claim.

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Bowen's shame over Holocaust remark

By Alan Johnson, March 5, 2015

'The Livingstone Formulation' is a term coined by the academic David Hirsh to refer to the practice of responding to claims of antisemitism by alleging that those making the claim are only doing so to prevent Israel from being criticised. In other words, the Jews are accused of "playing the antisemitism card".

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Bowen’s shame over Holocaust remark

By Alan Johnson, March 4, 2015

‘The Livingstone Formulation’ is a term coined by the academic David Hirsh to refer to the practice of responding to claims of antisemitism by alleging that those making the claim are only doing so to prevent Israel from being criticised. In other words, the Jews are accused of “playing the antisemitism card”.

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Polish Holocaust movie wins the Oscar for best foreign language film

By Charlotte Oliver, February 23, 2015

A Polish film about a nun who discovers she is Jewish and that her parents were killed in the Holocaust has won the Oscar for best foreign language film.

Ida, directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, tells the story of Anna, a young nun who finds out she is Jewish just before taking her vows in the 1960s.

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Notts Liberals ties to Shoah bring tears

February 16, 2015

A Nottingham civic leader wept when seeing a rescued sefer Torah at a 50th anniversary celebration of the city’s Liberal congregation.

Nottinghamshire County Council chair Pauline Allan was “moved to tears when the Ark opened and I saw the scrolls and how they represent the survival of the Jewish people after the Holocaust”.

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Vince Cable backs down over proposed closure of Holocaust fund

By Marcus Dysch, February 11, 2015

Business Secretary Vince Cable has reversed a decision to consider closing a compensation scheme for Holocaust victims as part of a cost-cutting exercise.

Dr Cable had initially asked Shoah groups for their views on whether to end the Enemy Property Payment Scheme, or find a cheaper way to run it.

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