The Holocaust

Romania Shoah memorial role sparks unease

By Petru Clej, March 17, 2016

Romania has taken over the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a research and education group, prompting mixed feelings from Jewish organisations.

The Eastern European country has only recently begun to officially recognise its role in the Holocaust, when its pro-Nazi dictator, Ion Antonescu, oversaw the massacre of up to 380,000 Jews between 1940 and 1944.


Holocaust history claims £4,000 JQ Wingate book prize

By Charlotte Oliver, March 14, 2016

An 863-page history of the Nazi concentration camps has won this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize.

Nikolaus Wachsmann won the honour for his sweeping study KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps.


Auschwitz survivor who settled in Israel is world's oldest man

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

An Auschwitz survivor is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records.

Yisrael Kristal was born in 1903, and broke the record at 112 years and 178 days old.

He takes over as the oldest living man after the death of Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who was 112 years and 312 days old.


Meeting a Holocaust survivor inspired me to live my life to the full

By Evie Leigh, March 10, 2016

Last November, my mother organised a trip to meet a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor named Chaim Ferster, who is truly inspirational.

I was extremely interested at school in learning about the
Second World War and the persecution of the Jews throughout the 1930s.


Campaigner warns that Alderney drilling could disturb graves

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A heritage group has raised concerns over a project to install high-power electricity cables on the Channel Island of Alderney, fearing it could disturb Holocaust graves.


Former Auschwitz medic ‘unfit for trial’

By JC Reporter, February 29, 2016

The trial of a 95-year-old former Auschwitz medic has been suspended after he was deemed unfit to go to court.

Hubert Zafke, a former SS medic who was stationed in Auschwitz in 1944 has been charged with being an accomplice to the murder of at least 3,681 people.


Anger over Labour anti-war campaigners' ‘gas chambers’ slur

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2016

Labour activists reportedly compared Britain’s missile defence system to “gas chambers” ahead of a peace protest attended by Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday.

According to The Sun, anti-war members of Labour’s CND distributed a memo that compared Trident to the gas chambers used by the Nazis during the Second World War.


In Pictures: The Duchess of Cornwall takes tea with Holocaust survivors

February 24, 2016

The Duchess of Cornwall met 40 survivors at the Holocuast Survivors' Centre in Hendon on Tuesday.

The Duchess visited the Jewish Care-administered centre in north-west London for tea.

Photo credit: Blake Ezra



Siblings in battle over £3.2m 'secret' fund of Holocaust survivor father

By JC Reporter, February 24, 2016

A brother and sister are locked in a venomous legal feud over a £3.2 million "secret" fund set up by their Jewish father to protect his fortune from a "repetition of the Holocaust".

David Hamilton, who died in 2007 aged 84, fled the Nazis in 1938, arriving in England as a "penniless boy refugee" on one of the last Jewish evacuee ships from Germany.


Move to outlaw claims of Polish Shoah atrocities

February 18, 2016

Poland's recently elected nationalist government wants to make it a crime to imply that the country bears responsibility for Nazi crimes committed on Polish soil.

Polish Justice Minister Zbigniew Ziobro has called for new legislation to punish the use of the phrase "Polish death camps" when referring to Nazi concentration camps in Poland.