The Holocaust

Shoah teacher’s Unesco role

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

The founder of Britain’s first Holocaust museum has a new international role to promote awareness of genocide.

Stephen Smith, who opened the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, has become Unesco’s first chairman of genocide education.

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Israelis’ tough stance at Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2014

Around half of the members of the Israeli Knesset flew to Poland this week in a high-security operation to honour Shoah victims on Holocaust Memorial Day.

World leaders from the UK, US and Europe joined the 54 MKs for a ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the 69th anniversary of its liberation.

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Himmler letters reveal coldness of mass-killer

By Toby Axelrod, January 30, 2014

A collection of letters from Heinrich Himmler — a leading architect of the Holocaust — has turned up in Israel.

The banality of many of the letters makes them horrific. For instance, amid casual observations to his wife Himmler incidentally mentions an upcoming visit to Auschwitz, signing off: “Your Heini”.

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Knesset in Auschwitz for 'historic' Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2014

Polish locals watched a 1000-strong delegation of Israeli, British and European parliamentarians gather at Auschwitz-Birkenau this week.

Former Conservative head Lord Howard, Tory MP Matthew Offord and Anne McGuire, chair of Labour Friends of Israel attended the emotional ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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Lesson in scrolls' story

January 27, 2014

The remarkable story of 1,600 Torah scrolls rescued during the Holocaust will be the basis for a schools’ resource.

During the war, the scrolls were brought from every corner of Czechoslovakia to Prague by the Jewish community. They were kept in a disused synagogue in the Prague suburbs until they were purchased by British philanthropist Ralph Yablon 50 years ago.

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Denouncing deniers

January 27, 2014

Culture Minister Ed Vaizey was among the speakers at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture, held on Monday at the House of Commons.

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Josef Perl tells his incredible story to mark Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 25, 2014

Josef Perl lived a charmed life on his family’s sawmill in Veliky Bochov, in what was then Czechoslovakia, in the 1930s. The only son in an Orthodox family of nine children, his father Laser gifted him a trusted guard dog, Vondi, and a loyal horse, Shori, to escort him to and from school every day. “Me, the horse and dog were like one,” he recalls.

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Hitchcock Holocaust film revealed

By Sandy Rashty, January 8, 2014

An Alfred Hitchcock film detailing Nazi atrocities during the Holocaust will be publicly aired for the first time - 70 years after it was made.

Memory of the Camps , was shelved by the British government in 1945 due to political sensitivity after the Second World War, according to a report in the Independent .

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Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .

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