The Holocaust

Terezin camp spirit to live on in Leeds music project

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 23, 2012

A Holocaust actress who performed eight plays inside a Nazi concentration camp will launch an international Holocaust music research hub by telling how the power of creative arts gave freedom amid hell.

Terezin camp survivor Zdenka Fantlová, 89, was friends with the Jewish elite of Czech musicians, actors and writers interned at the Terezin concentration camp near Prague.


Interview: Thomas Buergenthal

By Simon Round, February 23, 2012

Thomas Buergenthal believes in justice. This is not just heartwarming but remarkable because this is a man who has witnessed some of the most depraved behaviour in human history.


Resistance fighter who inspired Defiance meets Israeli soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

A Holocaust hero whose resistance efforts were immortalised in the film Defiance has praised the IDF for its exemplary conduct.

Aharon Bielski is the youngest of the four brothers who led a resistance effort against the Nazis in the forests of modern-day Belarus between 1942 and 1944.


British envoy opens first of seven Holocaust survivor clubs in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, February 16, 2012

Praising the British Jewish community's generosity as "fantastic", Britain's ambassador to Israel has opened the first of seven new social clubs for Holocaust survivors funded by philanthropists in the UK.

Matthew Gould and his wife Celia, together with Israeli Minister for Welfare and Social Services Moshe Kahlon, launched the centre in Hadera on Tuesday.


Yad Vashem leads British teachers in Holocaust course

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

The Holocaust is embedded in the national curriculum, and a core part of education at Jewish schools. But how much do teachers really know, and how do you teach a six-year-old, or even a 16-year-old, about gas chambers?

Israel's Holocaust memorial centre, Yad Vashem, last week flew in 20 British teachers for an intensive week-long course on how to teach the Holocaust to Jewish children.


Referee told Jewish footballers should 'remember concentration camps'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

A well-known Manchester Football Association official told a referee to remind Jewish players of "the concentration camps" if they gave him any trouble.

Phil Morris, the referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was found guilty by an FA panel of making the comment before a match involving Jewish teams from the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.


Marines apologise for SS flag photo

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has issued an apology after it emerged that a group of US marines had posed with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Leon Panetta's office expressed regret for the insensitivity displayed by the sniper team when it posed alongside a US flag and another bearing "a Nazi-related symbol".


US Marines posed with 'SS insignia' flag

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Members of the US Marine Corp have been criticised after a photograph surfaced of them posing with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Ten Marines, who were serving in Afghanistan, were pictured next to a flag bearing "a Nazi-related symbol", as well as a US flag. The photo was said to have been taken in September 2010 but was not brought to the unit's attention until late last year.


'Nazi' stag Tory 'disrespectful' during Holocaust survivor talk

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Aidan Burley, who was sacked from his junior government role last year after attending a Nazi-themed stag party, has become embroiled in a row over his "conduct" while listening to a Holocaust survivor.


£4m fund will help survivors in need

February 9, 2012

A £4 million fund was launched this week to provide essential support to UK-based Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazism.

The Six Point Foundation has been established with some of the money generated by the disposal of the assets of the Otto Schiff Housing Association, which worked with survivors.

It is estimated that it will be operational for up to seven years, or until all the fun