The Holocaust

Italy rediscovers a hero of football, lost to Shoah

By Rossella Tercatin, September 15, 2013

Some have compared Arpad Weisz to Josè Mourinho, for their extraordinary relationship with their players, their innovative leadership styles and the attention paid to the psychological aspects of coaching a football team.

Not to mention the fact that Arpad Weisz was also a winner — the Hungarian Jew led Bologna FC and Inter Milan to championship victories in the 1920s and the 1930s.


Auschwitz town seeking lost landowners

By Nissan Tzur, September 13, 2013

The municipality of Oswiecim — the Polish name for Auschwitz — has recently turned to Yad Vashem for help in locating owners of Jewish property left in the town since the Second World War.

Maria Pedrak, Oswiecim’s deputy mayor, has written to the Israeli Holocaust research centre asking for details of two Jewish women who owned property in the town.


Anger over mall plan for death camp

By Nissan Tzur, September 13, 2013

The Jewish Community in Serbia has condemned a plan to build a shopping centre on the site of the former concentration camp of Topovske Supe in Belgrade.

The land on which the shopping centre was built was acquired a few years ago by Delta, a construction company. Recently, the firm announced a plan to build a shopping centre on the site where up to 450 Jews were killed.


Irving back in UK to absolve Himmler

By Jonathan Kalmus, August 23, 2013

A speaking tour of the UK by Holocaust-denying historian David Irving faces widespread disruption forcing launches of his new book about SS head Heinrich Himmler to be held in secret.


The Book Thief

By Zoe Winograd, August 23, 2013
An early peak at the film adaptation of Markus Zusak's best selling novel, The Book Thief. In the film, Oscar-winning actor Geoffrey Rush and Emily Watson play the central characters who hide a Jewish man from the Nazis during the Second World War. Published in 2006, The Book Thief was listed on the The New York Times best seller list for over 230 weeks.


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.