The Holocaust

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.


Anger over proposal to scrap compensation fund for Holocaust victims

By Charlotte Oliver, February 11, 2015

A scheme that compensates victims of the Holocaust for their financial losses during the war may be scrapped by the government in a bid to save taxpayers’ money.

Under Winston Churchill’s wartime government, British-based savings and properties belonging to Nazi victims in Germany, Japan, Italy and occupied Europe were seized to stop them falling under enemy control.


What the survivors taught me

February 5, 2015

How was it possible that during the 20th century people from Germany, a cultured nation at the heart of Europe, perpetrated such crimes? In my attempt to answer this, I was helped by two accidents of history. The first was I met many former Nazis at exactly the moment when most had nothing to lose by speaking openly.


Eric Pickles praises Polish resistance war effort

By Sandy Rashty, January 26, 2015

Communities Secretary Eric Pickles praised Polish resistance on a visit to Warsaw Zoo today, where more than 300 Jews were hidden during the Holocaust.

He commended Jan Żabiński, who was director of the zoo during the Nazi occupation of Poland, for saving the lives of Jews.


Holocaust survivors Ben Helfgott and Sabina Miller given the Freedom of the City of London honour

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

Two Holocaust survivors have been granted the Freedom of the City of the London.

Ben Helfgott and Sabina Miller received the honour today for their work with the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust.

Polish-born Mr Helfgott said he was grateful to the City of London Corporation for the award.


British Library puts Holocaust survivors’ testimony online

By Sandy Rashty, January 20, 2015

The British Library has launched an online collection of Holocaust survivor testimonies to mark Holocaust Memorial Day this month.

The ‘Jewish Survivors of the Holocaust’ project, which was funded by the Pears Foundation and the Brian and Jill Moss Charitable Trust, gives readers access to 289 audio interviews with survivors living in Britain.


Police investigate daubing of Holocaust Memorial Day poster

By Sandy Rashty, January 16, 2015

Police in London are appealing for witnesses after antisemitic graffiti was daubed on posters advertising Holocaust Memorial Day.

The words “liar” and “killers” were sprayed in red across one advert in Newham.

The graffiti, which has been treated as racially aggravated criminal damage, has been removed.


Polish Holocaust movie nominated for Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A Polish film about a young nun who finds out her parents were Jews killed in the Holocaust has been nominated for an Academy Award.

Ida will compete with four other nominees for the Best Foreign Language Film award at Hollywood’s Dolby Theatre on February 22.

Directed by Pawel Pawlikowski, the film centres on Anna, an orphaned nun played by newcomer Agata Trzebuchowska.


The BBC will protect the memory of these victims

By Danny Cohen, January 15, 2015

I am haunted by the story of Moishe the Beadle. Elie Wiesel opens his unbearably painful Holocaust memoir, Night, with the story of this kind and deeply humane man. Moishe the Beadle was the young Wiesel's dedicated teacher.


Ten weeks of Holocaust stories on app

By Josh Jackman, January 15, 2015

A new app will allow users to read stories from people who were caught up in the Holocaust - "70 Voices: Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders" will be available to download for free on both Apple and Android phones on Monday morning, ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

The app, created by the Holocaust Educational Trust, will feature a new story every day for 70 days.