The Holocaust

Israelis stand still as horns sound for Yom Hashoah

By Nathan Jeffay, April 19, 2012

Israel ground to a halt for two minutes yesterday morning, as sirens sounded across the country to mark Yom Hashoah.

As well as mourning victims and honouring resistance fighters, this year's events paid tribute to Jews who helped each other during the Shoah.


Holocaust fear still common in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, April 19, 2012

Two out of five Jewish Israelis believe that the Holocaust might happen again, according to a new poll.

The study also found concerns that Israel may be destroyed to be equally widespread.

Surprisingly, respondents thought these national dangers just as real as personal dangers that they face.


Iran threat underlined on Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day

By Jennifer Lipman, April 19, 2012

Israel has begun marking its annual Holocaust Memorial Day.

As is customary, sirens went off at 10am local time across the Jewish state and pedestrians and drivers came to a standstill, in memory of the six million Jews who perished during the Shoah.


Weather blamed for Holocaust ceremony stage tragedy

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

Strong winds caused the collapse of a heavy installation and lighting rig on top of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, which was being used for Independence Day rehearsals.

Ambulance service, Magen David Adom (MDA), arrived at the scene within three minutes of receiving distress calls from witnesses reporting the incident.

One 20 year old woman died at the scene.


Artwork seized during Holocaust returned to owner's family

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

A Baroque painting taken from its owner during the Holocaust will be returned to an American Jewish family.

The original owner of the painting, Frederico Gentili di Giuseppe, an Italian Jew living in Paris, died in France in 1940 shortly before Nazi occupation.


One dead at Holocaust memorial rehearsal in Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, April 18, 2012

Preparations for Israel's official Holocaust Memorial Day service have been halted by tragedy after a structure collapsed, killing one person.

Initial reports suggest that a lighting rig broke at the site of Mount Herzl in Jerusalem.

It is believed that a young woman was killed, while at least 20 others were injured, some seriously.


Netanyahu: urgent need to help needy Holocaust survivors

By Jennifer Lipman, April 17, 2012

The Israeli government has responded to the "urgent" need to help the country's poverty-stricken and increasingly frail Holocaust survivors.

This week the country marks its annual Holocaust memorial day – Yom HaShoah, when a siren is sounded commencing a national silence and commemorations and services will take place around Israel.


Gunter Grass 'not welcome in Israel' after Iran poem sparks hate charges

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2012

Nobel Prize-winning writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for "endangering the already fragile world peace".

Mr Grass, 84, is known for his left-wing political views.


Netanyahu attacks Gunter Grass for 'shameful moral equivalence'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has suggested that it is "not surprising" to hear German Nobel laureate accuse Israel of being the greatest threat to world piece.


The Origin of Violence

By David Herman, April 2, 2012

In the past few years there has been a wave of acclaimed French novels about Vichy and the Holocaust - Irène Némirovsky's Suite Française, Jonathan Littell's The Kindly Ones, Tatiana de Rosnay's Sarah's Key and now Fabrice Humbert's The Origin of Violence, winner of the first-ever French Orange Prize.