The Holocaust

Skins star's dramatic Shoah education

By Jennifer Lipman, July 14, 2011

A star of Channel 4 teen drama Skins has described visiting the Auschwitz and Birkenau sites with the Holocaust Educational trust as a life-changing experience.

Ollie Barbieri was among guests at a Westminster reception on Tuesday honouring the work of HET student ambassadors who have been through its Lessons from Auschwitz programme for sixth-formers.

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Holocaust survivors told: no room at memorial

By Jessica Elgot, July 14, 2011

A partially-sighted Holocaust survivor has been told she is no longer able to attend a commemoration event at the Austrian Embassy in the UK because it was "full up," although her daughter had flown from New York to join her and she herself had come down from Glasgow.

An invitation to a July 20 reception with Austrian Ambassador Emil Brix, to mark the 70th anniversary of the Association of Jewi

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Kristin Scott Thomas stars in Holocaust film Sarah's Key

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011
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A preview of the French film adaptation of the bestselling book by Tatiana de Rosnay, about the Vel' d'Hiv Roundup of 1942 and an American journalist who discovers a heartbreaking Holocaust-era secret. The film is released in the UK in August.

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Holocaust survivor who inspired Life is Beautiful mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, July 13, 2011

The Holocaust survivor whose experience inspired the Academy Award winning film Life is Beautiful has died at the age of 91.

Rubino Romeo Salmoni's memoir of his time in Auschwitz, "In the End, I Beat Hitler," was adapted for the 1997 film, which followed a father and son in the concentration camp.

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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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