The Holocaust

Pickles reflects on the talents lost in the death camps

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

A month after visiting Auschwitz, Communities Secretary Eric Pickles told the national Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony that the Shoah had deprived Europe of "people who would have become household names.

"Those shoes weren't meant to go to a death camp," he said, recalling the piles of footwear from victims of the Nazis.


Stolen plaque replaced

By Cathy Forman, February 2, 2012

A Holocaust memorial was unveiled in Harlow to replace a bronze plaque stolen in December.

The dedication ceremony was led by Harlow Reform's Rabbi Irit Shillor, who said: "It is terrible that people were prepared to destroy this memorial for the few pounds they could get.


Austrian politician accused of 'trivialising' Holocaust

By Toby Axelrod, February 2, 2012

Austria's Jewish community is demanding that a far-right Austrian politician be prosecuted for allegedly trivialising the Holocaust.

According to the Austrian daily Standard, Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the country's Freedom Party, claimed at a fancy-dress ball, where guests included neo-Nazis, that "we are the new Jews".


Tributes to Holocaust survivor who kept on giving

By Jennifer Lipman, February 2, 2012

Tributes poured in this week for Holocaust survivor Roman Halter, who died on Monday, aged 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust. He was best known for his stained glass window work, examples of which exist in synagogues and churches around Britain.


Auschwitz survivor Roman Halter dies at 85

By Jennifer Lipman, January 31, 2012

Holocaust survivor Roman Halter has died at the age of 85.

Mr Halter, who moved to Britain after the war and worked as an architect and artist, lost all his family in the Holocaust.

Born in Chodecz in Poland, he was sent to the Lodz ghetto, where he worked in a metal factory, as a young teenager.


'If you couldn't walk, they shot you'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

As a child growing up in a Romanian village, Leslie Kleinman heard stories about the Nazis from Polish escapees.

"One man said they were pulling children's legs apart and killing them," recalled Mr Kleinman, who was 14 when the Nazis arrived in his village in the spring of 1944. "I thought it was just a story. When I got to Auschwitz, I realised it was true."


'I was so scared when the Gestapo held us at gunpoint'

By Jonathan Kalmus, January 26, 2012

Helen Stein was 13 when the Gestapo interrogated her at gunpoint.

"One pointed his revolver towards me. I will never forget. I was asked my name, my address and who organised the journey. And after each question: 'Are you Jewish?' I told them my real name. I told them, 'I'm frightened.'"


Call to correct Ireland's Holocaust-era 'moral bankruptcy'

By Jennifer Lipman, January 26, 2012

The Irish Justice Minister has issued an apology for his country's treatment of thousands of soldiers who deserted the Irish army to fight against the Nazis during the Second World War.

Alan Shatter, who is Jewish, suggested on Wednesday that a pardon was on the way for soldiers who left Ireland "to fight for freedom and who were subsequently dishonourably discharged from the defence forces".


German youths unaware of Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Sixty-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz, one in five young Germans remain clueless about where the concentration camp was located.

Ten per cent of those surveyed for Germany's Stern news magazine were unaware that Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.


In Darkness: Oscar nominated Polish Holocaust film

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

Nominated for an Academy Award, director Agnieszka Holland's film In Darkness tells the story of a family from the Lvov ghetto hidden with the help of a Polish man, and the bond that forms between them.