The Holocaust

Sobibor museum rescued from closure

By Jennifer Lipman, June 3, 2011

A Holocaust awareness group has praised the Polish government for announcing plans to save the museum at Sobibor Concentration Camp from closure.

On Wednesday the museum's administrators said they could no longer remain open to visitors because they had not received enough funding this year from the regional government.

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On this day: Josef Mengele’s body is found

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

Four decades after the end of the Holocaust, the search for one of its most notorious war criminals continued. Known as the "angel of death", Josef Mengele spent the war performing inhumane and brutal "experiments" on prisoners in Auschwitz concentration camp, twins in particular.

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Czech mates meet again in London

By Jay Grenby, June 2, 2011

Czech Ambassador Michael Žantovský hosted the annual reunion of Holocaust survivors and their families originating from Ostrava, organised by Kingston Synagogue's Ostrava Scroll Group.

Seventy "Ostrawaks" attended, some travelling from the Czech Republic, Austria, Belgium and Germany.

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Death camp museum closed over money worries

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

The museum at the Nazi death camp where convicted war criminal John Demjanjuk was a guard during the Holocaust has been closed because of a lack of funding.

Around 20,000 people visit the site of Sobibor death camp in eastern Poland every year to pay tribute to the 250,000 Jews and non-Jews who were murdered there.

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Holocaust hero spy's plaque is stolen

By Jennifer Lipman, June 2, 2011

A plaque celebrating the heroism of an MI6 agent who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has been stolen.

During the Second World War Major Frank Foley, who died in 1958, posed as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin. He forged passports and acquired visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape the Nazis.

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Bury re-enactment: still there were Nazis

By Jonathan Kalmus, June 2, 2011

A Holocaust survivor said she was "burning inside" after Nazi impersonators wore SS uniforms in front of hundreds of people at a wartime re-enactment event last weekend.

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Milestone as World ORT returns to Berlin

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

A Jewish organisation has held its first meeting in Berlin since before the Holocaust.

Representatives of more than 20 countries including Israel and the UK attended the World ORT event on Monday and marked the launch of a website dedicated to music composed during the Nazi era.

The educational site includes 100 recordings from the ghettos and the concentration camps.

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Memorial to Holocaust hero goes missing

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

A plaque celebrating the heroism of an MI6 agent who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has gone missing.

During the Second World War Major Frank Foley, who died in 1958, posed as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin.

Under this guise he was able to forge passports and acquire visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape the Nazis.

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Death of the Holocaust's quiet hero

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The veteran Zionist, Arieh Handler, who died last week in Tel Aviv aged 95, was the last surviving witness of the declaration of the state of Israel.

For many years he was the embodiment of religious Zionism in the UK as the founder of the national branch of Bnei Akiva and as a leader of Mizrachi UK before he finally made aliyah at the age of 90.

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On this day: Himmler commits suicide

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

After Germany surrendered to allied troops on May 8, Heinrich Himmler was arrested by the British and imprisoned in Germany.

Rather than face questioning and trial, the SS official committed suicide by biting on a cyanide capsule, denying the world of the chance to bring him to justice.

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