The Holocaust

Israeli politicians give haters an open goal when they politicise the Shoah

By Nathan Jeffay, May 5, 2016

Could Israeli politicians do more to draw a red line around the Holocaust, demarcating it as off-limits for Israel-haters who invoke it to make misguided arguments?


Take more child refugees, Association of Jewish Refugees chair urges David Cameron

By Rosa Doherty, May 4, 2016

Sir Erich Reich, Association of Jewish Refugees chairman, has called on David Cameron to do more to “help some of the most vulnerable victims” of the refugee crisis.

The former Kindertransport refugee said the Prime Minister should accept 3,000 unaccompanied child refugees from Syria.


Auschwitz lullaby to be heard at special concert

By Josh Jackman, April 27, 2016

Songs describing the horrors of Auschwitz, including one written by inmates of the death camp, are to be used in a new work about the Holocaust.

Butterfly in Blood, based on Holocaust survivor Fania Fenelon's book Women's Orchestra of Auschwitz, is a collection of songs by different composers, including a lullaby called Close Your Eyes, composed by Auschwitz victim David Beigelman, with words b


Nazi SS guard dies days before standing trial

By Jessica Weinstein, April 8, 2016

A former Auschwitz guard has died days before his trial.

Ernst Tremmel died aged 93, just before he was due to stand trial for 1,075 counts of accessory to murder, covering the time he worked at the camp from November 1942 to June 1943. His trial was scheduled for April 13.


The Nazis' secret collaborators

By Colin Shindler, April 7, 2016

Last week's revelations in the national and Israeli press that Associated Press (AP) had ''co-operated'' with Joseph Goebbels' Propaganda Ministry during the 1930s and 1940s was astounding.


Long-lost Terezin drama to be performed at York massacre site

By Marcus Dysch, April 7, 2016

The scene of a 12th-century massacre of British Jews will be the setting for a live performance of a play written in the Terezin ghetto during the Holocaust.

Clifford's Tower in York was the site of the infamous suicides and murders of hundreds of besieged Jews as antisemitic riots spread in 1190.


Footprints of the past

By Gloria Tessler, April 3, 2016

It is an unusual tribute to the victims of the Holocaust, but the "Stolperstein" now has widespread support within Germany - including from Chancellor Angela Merkel.


Imre Kertész, Holocaust survivor who won Nobel Prize, dies aged 86

By Josh Jackman, March 31, 2016

Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész has died aged 86, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The Hungarian writer, who was sent to the Nazi death camp as a teenager, was made a Nobel laureate in 2002 for works which the foundation said “upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.”


Battle for Holocaust compensation revealed in archives

By Josh Jackman, March 31, 2016

Newly-released documents have revealed the struggle British Holocaust survivors faced when seeking compensation for their trauma.

The British government opened the Nazi Persecution Compensation scheme in 1964, giving a maximum of £4,000 each to individuals from a total of £1 million given to Britain by Germany.

Out of 4,206 applicants, only 1,015 received remuneration.


Khan says yes to plan to honour Shoah hero

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2016

Labour's candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said he would lead efforts to name a street after Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton if elected to City Hall.

Mr Khan said that it was "right and fitting" that Sir Nicholas should be commemorated in the city where he was born.