The Holocaust

Merkel defended over ‘tasteless’ Dachau decision

By Zoe Winograd, August 21, 2013

The Conference of European Rabbis has backed German chancellor Angela Merkel who has been criticised for speaking at an election rally in Dachau on the same day that she visited the town’s Second World War concentration camp.


‘Devil’s Advocate’ who defended Nazis dies

By Sandy Rashty, August 16, 2013

A controversial lawyer who defended Nazis, Holocaust deniers and Palestinian terrorists has died.

French barrister Jacques Vergès, widely known as the ‘Devil’s Advocate’, defended pro-Palestinian terrorist Carlos the Jackal and Nazi war criminal Klaus Barbie.


Immigrant files to be opened

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

Thousands of British police records detailing Jewish immigrants entering the UK, including Holocaust survivors, are to be re-released after being removed from public access over concerns the Official Secrets Act would be breached.


Holocaust letter up for sale may be a fake

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 9, 2013

An auction house is to investigate whether a letter it is selling, sent by a Nazi official about the Holocaust, is a fake.

Shropshire auctioneers Mullock’s, plans to sell the letter on August 21. It will be auctioned alongside Hitler’s personal copy of the German version of the “yellow pages” and a wedding-gift edition of Mein Kampf.


Elisabeth Maxwell dies at 92

By Anna Sheinman, August 8, 2013

Elisabeth Maxwell, the widow of media tycoon Robert Maxwell, has died at the age of 92.

Dr Maxwell, who was not Jewish, devoted her life to Holocaust education and Jewish-Christian relations.

Born in France in 1921, she was educated in law at the Sorbonne and then studied Modern Languages at Oxford, where she went on to do a Doctorate in Philosophy.


Survivor lectures on Shoah in China

By Hannah Pupkewitz, August 5, 2013

A London-based Holocaust survivor is back from her latest trip to China, where she lectures on the Shoah at the Institute for Jewish Studies in Kaifeng.


Holocaust survivors have increased life expectancy, say researchers

By Hannah Pupkewitz, August 2, 2013

Male survivors of the Shoah have a longer life expectancy than their peers who fled Nazi oppression before the outbreak of war, Israeli academics have discovered.

Research at Haifa University found that men who survived Germany’s concentration and death camps lived longer than those who left Europe before 1939.


Truth about the British at Auschwitz

By Martin Bright, July 31, 2013

Regular readers of this newspaper will remember the series of articles we ran last year about E715, the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz.

A handful of memoirs of the POWs at Auschwitz have been published, including Denis Avey’s controversial bestseller, The Man Who Broke Into Auschwitz. But the full story of the 20,000 soldiers interned in the camp has never been told.


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.