The Holocaust

Imre Kertész, Holocaust survivor who won Nobel Prize, dies aged 86

By Josh Jackman, March 31, 2016

Auschwitz survivor and Nobel Prize winner Imre Kertész has died aged 86, after a long battle with Parkinson’s disease.

The Hungarian writer, who was sent to the Nazi death camp as a teenager, was made a Nobel laureate in 2002 for works which the foundation said “upholds the fragile experience of the individual against the barbaric arbitrariness of history.”


Battle for Holocaust compensation revealed in archives

By Josh Jackman, March 30, 2016

Newly-released documents have revealed the struggle British Holocaust survivors faced when seeking compensation for their trauma.

The British government opened the Nazi Persecution Compensation scheme in 1964, giving a maximum of £4,000 each to individuals from a total of £1 million given to Britain by Germany.

Out of 4,206 applicants, only 1,015 received remuneration.


Khan says yes to plan to honour Shoah hero

By Naomi Firsht, March 23, 2016

Labour's candidate for London mayor, Sadiq Khan, has said he would lead efforts to name a street after Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton if elected to City Hall.

Mr Khan said that it was "right and fitting" that Sir Nicholas should be commemorated in the city where he was born.


Romania Shoah memorial role sparks unease

By Petru Clej, March 17, 2016

Romania has taken over the chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance (IHRA), a research and education group, prompting mixed feelings from Jewish organisations.

The Eastern European country has only recently begun to officially recognise its role in the Holocaust, when its pro-Nazi dictator, Ion Antonescu, oversaw the massacre of up to 380,000 Jews between 1940 and 1944.


Holocaust history claims £4,000 JQ Wingate book prize

By Charlotte Oliver, March 14, 2016

An 863-page history of the Nazi concentration camps has won this year’s prestigious JQ-Wingate Literary Prize.

Nikolaus Wachsmann won the honour for his sweeping study KL: A History of the Nazi Concentration Camps.


Auschwitz survivor who settled in Israel is world's oldest man

By JC Reporter, March 13, 2016

An Auschwitz survivor is the world’s oldest man, according to Guinness World Records.

Yisrael Kristal was born in 1903, and broke the record at 112 years and 178 days old.

He takes over as the oldest living man after the death of Yasutaro Koide of Japan, who was 112 years and 312 days old.


Meeting a Holocaust survivor inspired me to live my life to the full

By Evie Leigh, March 10, 2016

Last November, my mother organised a trip to meet a 93-year-old Holocaust survivor named Chaim Ferster, who is truly inspirational.

I was extremely interested at school in learning about the
Second World War and the persecution of the Jews throughout the 1930s.


Campaigner warns that Alderney drilling could disturb graves

By Naomi Firsht, March 10, 2016

A heritage group has raised concerns over a project to install high-power electricity cables on the Channel Island of Alderney, fearing it could disturb Holocaust graves.


Former Auschwitz medic ‘unfit for trial’

By JC Reporter, February 29, 2016

The trial of a 95-year-old former Auschwitz medic has been suspended after he was deemed unfit to go to court.

Hubert Zafke, a former SS medic who was stationed in Auschwitz in 1944 has been charged with being an accomplice to the murder of at least 3,681 people.


Anger over Labour anti-war campaigners' ‘gas chambers’ slur

By Sandy Rashty, February 28, 2016

Labour activists reportedly compared Britain’s missile defence system to “gas chambers” ahead of a peace protest attended by Jeremy Corbyn on Saturday.

According to The Sun, anti-war members of Labour’s CND distributed a memo that compared Trident to the gas chambers used by the Nazis during the Second World War.