The Holocaust

Holocaust memorial that brought us together

By Daniel Bratt, April 24, 2012

When you are sitting in a circle with new friends around you, the sweet smell of grass and birds tweeting, it's hard to conceive that you are in a place where 1.1 million people were murdered at the hands of the Nazis.


Lord Sacks speaks about Holocaust memory at Yom Ha'Shoah service

By Jennifer Lipman, April 23, 2012

The chief rabbi spoke of the Jewish community's "duty of remembrance" at a service to mark Israel's Holocaust Memorial Day.

Lord Sacks, who held a question and answer session with Jewish teenagers at JFS School before the annual commemoration, was one of several speakers at the event.


Australian cardinal says Jewish people 'inferior'

By Dan Goldberg, April 19, 2012

The head of Australia's Catholic Church apologised for what Jewish leaders described as "deeply problematical" comments he made about Jews during a public debate.

Cardinal George Pell said last week during a debate with renowned atheist Richard Dawkins on Q&A, a highly regarded current affairs talk show aired on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, that the Jews were intellectually and mora


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.