The Holocaust

On this day: John Demjanjuk charged

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

The old man who was wheeled into the German court may have had little resemblance to the young Nazi soldiers seen in photographs, but in May he was indeed found guilty of some of the most chilling war crimes.

He was sentenced to five years in prison but prosecutors agreed he could remain free pending an appeal.

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York HMD has its budget restored

By Jessica Elgot, July 8, 2011

York's Holocaust Memorial Day budget, which was slashed by 80 per cent, has been restored to its original amount by the new Labour council.

Labour leader Councillor James Alexander had led a campaign to reinstate the budget, which was cut to £1,000 as part of an austerity package in February.

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On this day: Kurt Waldheim is inaugurated as Austrian president

By Jennifer Lipman, July 8, 2011

His obituaries remembered him as a onetime president of Austria and as a former UN Secretary General. But Kurt Waldheim, who was 21 when the Second World War broke out, was also recalled for his reluctance to shed light on his past.

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Rare White Rose goes to Holocaust Centre

By Jennifer Lipman, July 7, 2011

A Berlin-born Jew who has built up an extensive collection of documents from the Nazi era has donated a rare resistance leaflet to the Beth Shalom Holocaust centre after reading about the centre's work in the JC.

William Kaczynski, who escaped Germany for Britain at the age of three on the eve of the Second World War, acquired the White Rose leaflet several years ago.

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Schiele painting sold to fund Holocaust compensation payout

By Jennifer Lipman, June 24, 2011

An Austrian art gallery has sold a painting by Egon Schiele for a record amount in order to fund a compensation payout to the owners of another of the artist's works which was looted by the Nazis in the 1930s.

The painting Houses with colorful laundry (Suburb II), completed in 1914, fetched almost £25 million at a Sotheby's sale this week. The buyer was not named.

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Restitution body doing 'nothing' for claimants

By Marcus Dysch, June 23, 2011

A Holocaust restitution organisation has been widely criticised by survivors and experts who say it has ignored compensation claims and neglected its duties.

Backed by £300,000 of Czech Foreign Ministry funding, the European Shoah Legacy Institute (ESLI) pledges to work with governments and restitution groups to return property, art and assets stolen by the Nazis.

The ESLI was set up in Jan

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Nazi Joseph Goebbels' Berlin home for sale

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

House-hunters looking for a home abroad with lakeside views, greenery and plenty of space could be in luck – if they don't mind buying a property previously owned by Adolf Hitler's right-hand man.

A German company is hoping to attract buyers for a house near Berlin which was occupied for seven years by Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.

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Lithuania Holocaust restitution 'step towards justice'

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

Lithuania will pay more than £32 million in compensation for assets that the Nazis stole from the Jews during the Holocaust.

The agreement, backed by a majority of the Lithuanian parliament at a vote on Tuesday, has been sought for years by Jewish organisations. The US state department praised it as "an important step towards historical justice and reconciliation".

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Website sorry for Southern Cross gas chamber joke

By Jennifer Lipman, June 17, 2011

The editor of a satirical news website has apologised for "a regrettable lapse in judgment" after the publication of an article joking about plans to introduce gas chambers into British care homes.

The piece, titled Gas chambers in care homes '"nothing to worry about" says Southern Cross, has also been removed from the Square Mile site.

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Speaker row cancels Catholic conference

By Jennifer Lipman, June 16, 2011

A conference featuring two controversial Catholic speakers, including one who publicly questioned the facts of the Holocaust, has been cancelled at the last minute.

Up to 300 people were expected to attend Saturday's semi-regular Faith of our Fathers event, organised by the orthodox Catholic group Pro Ecclesia at Westminster Central Hall.

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