The Holocaust

Iranian leader questions the Holocaust

By Sandy Rashty, March 21, 2014

Iran’s supreme leader has questioned whether the Holocaust took place.

In a speech marking the Persian New Year on Friday, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei said: "Expressing opinion about the Holocaust, or casting doubt on it, is one of the greatest sins in the West.

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Greece passes 'law of return' for Jews who fled

By Marcus Dysch, March 21, 2014

Greece has passed legislation allowing Jews who fled the country before the end of the Second World War the "right of return" and to claim citizenship.

Former deputy foreign minister Dimitrios Dollis instigated the new law - which will come into effect within a month.

He said it was unlikely many Jews would claim Greek citizenship, but that he had acted out of principle.

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German city moves to bulldoze Holocaust villa

By Toby Axelrod, March 20, 2014

Activists in the German city of Steinfurt near the Dutch border are protesting against plans to tear down what they call the “last witness to Jewish life in our district”.

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Beyoncé and Jay-Z visit Anne Frank's house

By Sandy Rashty, March 20, 2014

Beyoncé Knowles and rapper husband Jay-Z have visited the Anne Frank House in Amsterdam.

The American couple, who are currently performing on tour around Europe, viewed the former Frank family safe-house that was later discovered by the Nazis, on Wednesday.

Beyoncé, wearing a denim jumpsuit and black hat, was pictured signing the visitors book.

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Vilnius, March 11: my date with raw hate

By Efraim Zuroff, March 14, 2014

March 11 is the day Lithuanian independence was restored in 1990, with the Soviet Union on the brink of collapse.

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Cricketer Angus Fraser recalls Middlesex County Cricket Club's Auschwitz tour

By Angus Fraser, March 14, 2014

I had no idea of what to expect as the Middlesex County Cricket Club party travelled from our comfortable hotel in Krakow to the former concentration and extermination camps of Auschwitz and Birkenau. I was not alone. There was a nervous silence on the coach as the group made its way through the stark Polish countryside.

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Poland has good record on restitution, insists envoy

By Marcus Dysch, March 13, 2014

Poland has taken suitable measures to ensure Holocaust survivors receive compensation, the country's ambassador to Britain has claimed.

Witold Sobkow responded to criticism over the Polish approach to restitution by suggesting the state had paid almost $1 billion for lost and seized property.

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Alice Herz-Sommer film wins Oscar

By Rosa Doherty, February 28, 2014

A film about the life of Holocaust survivor Alice Herz-Sommer was honoured at the Oscars last night,picking up the award for best short documentary.

The Lady in Number 6: Music Saved My Life, directed by Malcolm Clarke, tells the story of how Mrs Herz-Sommer survived a Nazi concentration to become a professional musician, and celebrated her ability to overcome the trauma of her youth.

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Poland urged to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims

By Marcus Dysch, February 27, 2014

Dozens of British parliamentarians have written to Poland’s Prime Minister urging his country to do more to provide restitution to Holocaust victims whose property was seized during the war.

They said Britain should increase its work to aid survivors now living in this country who are seeking the return of their belongings, or compensation.

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Alice Sommer-Herz: She was full of a special kind of laughter and joy

By Rodney Greenberg, February 27, 2014

Alice Sommer-herz was blessed with a captivating smile.

Even when recalling Terezin — the Czech concentration camp which the Nazis disguised as a haven for Jewish intellectuals so effectively that the Red Cross were fooled during their choreographed, one-day visit — she never fell into solemn soul-searching.

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