The Holocaust

Survivors share stories with London students

January 21, 2013

Sixth-formers participating in the Holocaust Educational Trust’s Lessons from Auschwitz scheme completed their programme by meeting members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors’ Centre in Hendon.

As well as learning about survivors’ experiences during the Holocaust, the students heard how they had rebuilt their lives after the war.


Ninety-nine-year-old film star

By Zoe Winograd, January 17, 2013

Young film - maker Ian Dingle has made a short documentary about the life of his 99-year-old great - great aunt Lotte Passer, who escaped Berlin before the war.

In the film, Ms Passer speaks about her travels around Europe and why she decided to remain in England. She eventually brought family members over to join her.


Youngest Jew saved by Schindler mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, January 14, 2013

The youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler has died at the age of 83.

In the 70 years since Leon Leyson was given a second chance by the heroic German businessman, he emigrated to America, served in the US army and carved out a career in teaching. Mr Leyson was married for 46 years and is survived by six grandchildren.


The children doomed by British inaction

By Fred Barschak, January 11, 2013

"The greatest tragedies are those that were wholly avoidable." In an era replete with events that fall within those parameters, none fits the above definition more than the fate of the children of Pithiviers and Beaune-La-Rolande in the summer of 1942.


Survivors featured in Channel 4 documentary

By Jennifer Lipman, January 10, 2013

A documentary looking at the lives of Holocaust survivors is to be broadcast on Channel 4 later this month.

Award-winning filmmaker Daisy Asquith recorded more than 40 hours of testimony after meeting 100 members of Jewish Care’s Holocaust Survivors Centre.


Jewish survivor writes memoir on being Hitler’s neighbour

By Sandy Rashty, January 3, 2013

A Second World War survivor has written a memoir about his notorious former neighbour – Adolf Hitler.

Munich-born Edgar Feuchtwanger, who has co-written “My Neighbour Hitler: memories of a Jewish child” with French journalist Bertil Scali, recalls his childhood under Nazi rule – from meeting the dictator face-to-face to experiencing antisemitic persecution.


Looking through the lens at prejudice

By Ben Freeman and Jared Ross, December 17, 2012

"Our knowledge has made us cynical. We think too much and feel too little. More than cleverness we need kindness and gentleness…" - Charlie Chaplin, 'The Great Dictator'

Learn From Yesterday


Lithuanian Holocaust event is ‘duplicitous’

By Jennifer Lipman, December 13, 2012

A row has broken out over the “duplicitous and unacceptable” involvement of Lithuanian government officials in a conference on Lithuanian Jewry taking place in London next week.


Norway police apologise for Holocaust deportation

By Zoe Winograd, November 26, 2012

Norwegian police have apologised for sending over 750 Jews to concentration camps during the Holocaust.

On the 70th anniversary of the first deportation of 532 Jews on the SS Donau, police chief Odd Reidar Humlegaard said: "I want to apologise on behalf of the Norwegian police and those who were responsible for carrying out the deportation of Norwegian Jews to concentration camps."


Case for and against Holocaust schlock

By David Herman, November 25, 2012

In his fascinating book, What Ever Happened to Modernism?, the Jewish writer, Gabriel Josipovici, lays into middlebrow writing. What attracted attention when his book came out last year was his attack on some of Britain's best-known contemporary novelists, including Martin Amis, Julian Barnes and Ian McEwan.