The Holocaust

Spreading the message at shul

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

The only shul representative on the seminar was Diana Bronson, a 54-year-old mother of four who runs cheder and youth group sessions at Edgware Synagogue as a volunteer. Visiting Israel for the first time in 24 years, she said she wanted to acquire the expertise “get the Holocaust better known to kids who are not Jewish.


Making the Holocaust relevant for young people

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Manchester-born Habonim Dror leader Lucy Travis, 24, represented the youth movements. “I am surprised that no one from other movements came on this seminar,” she said. “I thought we would have to fight for a place.”


Hasmonean headteacher: ‘Pupils need to realise significance'

By Sandy Rashty, February 25, 2013

Hasmonean Girls’ School head Rachel Fink was among six Hasmonean delegates. Taking studious notes throughout, she said the seminar had inspired her to rethink the school’s “enrichment programme before year nine students go to Poland. We could look at a preparatory programme as we can’t just rely on students to conduct their own research.


Last-ditch attempt to trace heirs to assets

By Simon Rocker, February 21, 2013

A list of thousands of properties in East Germany that were confiscated by the Nazis was published this week in a final attempt to trace heirs.

The New York-based Claims Conference, the body which distributes restitution funds to Holocaust survivors, has set aside £43 million (50 million euros) to compensate descendants of the original owners.


We must rethink how we approach Shoah memory

By Robert S. Wistrich, February 21, 2013

The opening years of the 21st century have graphically illustrated a distressing paradox regarding the memory of the Shoah. Never has the memorialisation of the Holocaust been so omnipresent in Western culture, through countless commemorative events, university courses, literature, films, educational projects, official acknowledgements at a governmental level or inter-faith dialogue.


Reject despair and send message of defiance

By Jay Stoll, February 21, 2013

Last summer I moved house and found myself clearing out old stuff, going through the attic for things I wanted to keep.

Fighting my way through the choking dust storm that engulfed the room, I came across some old family relics.


Thousands of Jews on Claims Conference property list

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

The Claims Conference has published a list of thousands of Jews who lost property in former East Germany.

The claims body announced that these Jews and their families will be eligible to receive compensation from a 50 million euro ‘Late Applications Fund’ set up by the conference.


‘Reich’s youngest Nazi’ investigated over Holocaust ‘lies’

By Ray Filar, February 14, 2013

A variety of Jewish institutions around the world are investigating an alleged Holocaust survivor whose life story was made into a bestselling book and documentary titled “The Mascot”.


Prisoners teach peers about Shoah

By Anna Sheinman, February 14, 2013

Over 130 inmates of HMP Thameside in south east London will this month learn about the life of Anne Frank, with a surprising twist: their teachers are fellow prisoners.

Eight prisoners were this week trained by the Anne Frank Trust’s Steve Gadd to lead their peers around an exhibition about the life of Anne Frank in a project that aims to tackle prejudice.


David Ward digs deeper, backed by Chomsky

By Jennifer Lipman, February 11, 2013

Liberal Democrat MP David Ward has stated that it is "important to ask" whether Israel's behaviour toward the Palestinians is "because of the Holocaust".

Asked on Twitter whether he thought "agents of the Israeli state are doing such things because of the Holocaust?" the Bradford East MP said he did not know.