The Holocaust

Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.


Shoah survivors living in ‘shocking’ squalor

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

A large number of Holocaust survivors are living in poverty and squalor, a charity has warned.

The Six Point Foundation has revealed that at least 100 survivors “are struggling on state benefit and living below the breadline”.


A day of remembering in the killing field of Belsen

By Naomi Firsht, May 1, 2015

The drive from the airport was beautiful. Tree-lined country roads took us through quaint villages and gentle countryside — an idyllic scene in the spring sunshine.

There was nothing to hint that nestled away in the picturesque northern German landscape was the site of Bergen-Belsen, one of the most infamous concentration camps. A place where thousands of people died.


Poland's hero memorial plan sparks outrage

By Nissan Tzur, May 1, 2015

A plan to place a monument in memory of Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has sparked an angry outcry from survivor groups.

A collection of Shoah survivors' children sent a letter to the panel of judges due to select the designer of the monument, objecting to "the violation of the symbolic ground immortalising murder of the Jewish peop


We can heal with forgiveness

By Eva Kor, April 30, 2015

My name is Eva Kor. I am a survivor of Auschwitz and medical experiments performed by Dr Josef Mengele. If you had told me I would end up getting a kiss from a former Nazi last week, I would never have believed you.


Hilary Swank to star as Lipstadt in film about Irving trial

By Sandy Rashty, April 29, 2015

Hilary Swank and Tom Wilkinson are set to star in a new film about historian David Irving’s attempt to sue Deborah Lipstadt for calling him a Holocaust denier.

Oscar-winning Ms Swank will reportedly play Ms Lipstadt, while it is unclear whether Mr Wilkinson will play a courtroom barrister or Irving.


Large British delegation joins 70th anniversary commemoration at Bergen-Belsen

By Naomi Firsht, April 27, 2015

"They weren't really people, they were semi-corpses," said former soldier Bernard Levy describing the scenes that greeted British troops on entering Bergen-Belsen in April 1945.

He was speaking to a group of over 200 students and teachers brought to the site of the concentration camp on Sunday by Holocaust Educational Trust to mark the 70th anniversary of its liberation.


Celebrating life the Nazis couldn't kill

By Rosa Doherty, April 23, 2015

"Arbeit macht frei" - "work makes you free" - is known around the world as the notorious sign over the gates of Auschwitz, where 1.1 million prisoners were murdered by the Nazis.

But last Thursday a different message rang out, as 11,000 people marched through those gates, chanting "Am yisrael chai" - the nation of Israel lives.


Yad Vashem honour for heroic housekeeper

By Rosa Doherty, April 23, 2015

A housekeeper who abandoned her own son to save a Jewish child from the Nazis is to be named as Righteous Among the Nations.

Maria Turnsek was working as housekeeper for a prominent Jewish family in Vienna. Her employers, Otto and Kathe Leichter, begged her to flee the country with their six-year-old son Franz - as a non-Jew she was able to travel without arousing suspicion.


Nazi war crime trial with a difference

By Josh Jackman, April 23, 2015

Oskar Groening is no ordinary war crime suspect.

The so-called "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz", who counted and passed on money gathered from Jewish prisoners at the death camp, went on trial this week accused of being an accomplice to 300,000 murders.