The Holocaust

Nazi memorabilia auctioneer donates to Holocaust charity

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 20, 2012

The auction house which made thousands of pounds selling Hitler's 50th birthday present is to change its policy on selling Holocaust items and make a donation to the Holocaust Education Trust.


Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk dies a free man

By Jennifer Lipman, March 17, 2012

A man sentenced to five years in jail last May for his role in the mass murder of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has died at the age of 91.

John Demjanjuk was convicted of being an accessory to the deaths of more than 28,000 people while he was a guard at Sobibor concentration camp.


Welsh government secures funding future of Holocaust education

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2012

The Welsh government has pledged more than £320,000 to boost Holocaust education in the country's schools.

Leighton Andrews, minister for Education and Skills, announced the funding for the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz project at an event in Cardiff today.


Romania MP sent to learn about Shoah

By Petru Clej, March 8, 2012

The man tipped to be the future prime minister of Romania has sent his chief spokesman to the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington to brush up on Jewish history after he downplayed the Shoah in a television interview.

The leader of the main opposition Social Democratic Party (PSD), Victor Ponta, suspended Senator Dan Sova following a public outcry over a TV interview in which he said that


Oscar-winning Artist director Hazanavicius's Jewish family history

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

The son of Holocaust survivors who hid from the Nazis in the French woodlands was last night celebrating the greatest honour in filmmaking.

Michel Hazanavicius's homage to silent film, The Artist, took home the Oscar for Best Director at the Los Angeles ceremony last night, as well as awards for Best Picture and Best Actor for its star, Jean Dujardin.


March of the Living to honour UK PoWs

By Martin Bright, February 23, 2012

The UK branch of the international Holocaust memorial movement, March of the Living, will this year mark Yom Hashoah with a ceremony at the site of the British prisoner of war camp at Auschwitz.


Terezin camp spirit to live on in Leeds music project

By Jonathan Kalmus, February 23, 2012

A Holocaust actress who performed eight plays inside a Nazi concentration camp will launch an international Holocaust music research hub by telling how the power of creative arts gave freedom amid hell.

Terezin camp survivor Zdenka Fantlová, 89, was friends with the Jewish elite of Czech musicians, actors and writers interned at the Terezin concentration camp near Prague.


Interview: Thomas Buergenthal

By Simon Round, February 23, 2012

Thomas Buergenthal believes in justice. This is not just heartwarming but remarkable because this is a man who has witnessed some of the most depraved behaviour in human history.


Resistance fighter who inspired Defiance meets Israeli soldiers

By Jennifer Lipman, February 20, 2012

A Holocaust hero whose resistance efforts were immortalised in the film Defiance has praised the IDF for its exemplary conduct.

Aharon Bielski is the youngest of the four brothers who led a resistance effort against the Nazis in the forests of modern-day Belarus between 1942 and 1944.


British envoy opens first of seven Holocaust survivor clubs in Israel

By Nathan Jeffay, February 16, 2012

Praising the British Jewish community's generosity as "fantastic", Britain's ambassador to Israel has opened the first of seven new social clubs for Holocaust survivors funded by philanthropists in the UK.

Matthew Gould and his wife Celia, together with Israeli Minister for Welfare and Social Services Moshe Kahlon, launched the centre in Hadera on Tuesday.