The Holocaust

Holocaust survivor granny hunts bag snatcher

By Anna Sheinman, August 24, 2012

A 77-year-old Holocaust survivor is on a mission to track down the man who stole her handbag.

Bertha Presz of Queens, New York, who grew up in Belgium and fled the Nazis as a child, had her bag stolen. The crime occurred while she was in the egg aisle at Brach's Glatt Kosher Meat Market in Kew Garden Hills.


German authorities chase Nazi officer

By Sandy Rashty, August 24, 2012

German prosecutors are asking for charges to be made against a guard who allegedly served at Auschwitz.

The 87-year-old, whose name has not yet been released, was accused on Wednesday of being an ex-SS Nazi who was involved in killing more than 344,000 Jews at the death camp.

Kurt Schrimm, head prosecutor, said that the man could face a criminal charge as an accessory to murder.


Dutch Holocaust hero to be honoured in Amsterdam

By Jennifer Lipman, August 14, 2012

Hundreds of Dutch Jewish children who narrowly survived the Holocaust are to be remembered after a nameless bridge is rededicated in honour of the man who rescued them.

Amsterdam's Bridge 234 will officially become the Pieter Meerburg Bridge on September 2, after the city's mayor marks the name change.


Liverpool couple seeks new homes for death camp saplings

By Zoe Winograd, August 9, 2012

A Liverpool couple are seeking new UK homes for trees that are linked to the Theresienstadt concentration camp.


The Muslims who admire Israel

By Orlando Radice, August 2, 2012

There are not many Muslim politicians in the world who openly admire Israel. In fact, Emir Suljagic, an author and former member of the Bosnian Social Democratic party, may just be in a minority of one.


Turn this vile claim on its head

By Chas Newkey-Burden, July 27, 2012

As one who advocates formally and informally for Israel, I have heard the full gamut of misconceptions and slanders that are aired by those opposed to the Jewish state. Over time, my skin has thickened; people can throw whatever baloney they want my way.


Hollande: France must face its Holocaust past

By Liam Hoare, July 26, 2012

In the presence of President François Hollande, the 70th anniversary of the Vel d’Hiv round-up was officially commemorated last Sunday in Paris. On July 16 and 17, 1942, 12,884 Jews were penned into the Vélodrome d’Hiver for five days in the summer heat with little sustenance, before being moved on to Drancy and extermination at Auschwitz.


New hope for heirs of Nazi-seized assets

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

The New York-based Claims Conference, the main international body for distributing Holocaust restitution funds, has bowed to pressure from the Board of Deputies and agreed to allow new claims for compensation for properties seized by the Nazis in East Germany.

Until now, the Conference had resisted calls to reopen the application process to potential heirs after its deadline of 2004.


Soviet shame over hero's name

By Monica Porter, July 19, 2012

Let's give the Russians a little kicking, shall we? Lord knows they deserve it. Throughout the 20th century, they blighted whole populations with the evils of communism, now they poison our world with their chief exports of organised crime and corruption.


Italian Jewish fury after Yad Vashem changes description of wartime Pope

By Rossella Tercatin, July 19, 2012

A furious debate has broken out in Italy after the decision of Israel’s Holocaust Museum, Yad Vashem, to change the captions under the museum’s display on the wartime pope, Pius XII.