The Holocaust

George Clooney sees the big picture in recovery of Nazi-looted art

By Sandy Rashty, February 13, 2014

German Jew Harry Ettlinger took part in one of the greatest treasure hunts in history during his wartime service with the US Army, helping to recover five million pieces of looted Nazi art. Now, the exploits of Ettlinger and his comrades from 13 Allied nations, dubbed The Monuments Men, are the subject of a new film starring and directed by George Clooney.

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Foxman: scourge of haters and a tough act to follow

By Marc Goldberg, February 13, 2014

Abraham Foxman, the director of the Anti Defamation League (ADL), has announced that he will step down in 2015.

Over the past 50 years, the name Abe Foxman has become a byword for the fight against antisemitism and prejudice. During his career he has dealt with presidents, prime ministers and politicians, many of whom sought his advice on issues affecting their Jewish communities.

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Labour MP Yasmin Qureshi apologises for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 10, 2014

A Labour MP has apologised after she appeared to compare the situation in Gaza to the treatment of Jews during the Holocaust.

In a Parliamentary debate last week on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Labour MP condemned for Gaza-Holocaust comparison

By Marcus Dysch, February 7, 2014

The Holocaust Educational Trust has condemned a Labour MP who compared the situation in Gaza to the treatment of the Jews during the Holocaust.

During a Parliamentary debate on the humanitarian situation facing Palestinians on Wednesday, Yasmin Qureshi drew parallels with the Shoah.

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Anne Frank's toy marbles go on display in Rotterdam

By Charlotte Oliver, February 5, 2014

A tin of marbles belonging to Anne Frank has gone on display for the first time, 70 years after she entrusted it to a friend for safekeeping.

The young diarist left the marbles, along with other treasured items, to her non-Jewish neighbour Toosje Kupers when her family went into hiding in 1942.

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David Cameron launches Holocaust Commission

By Marcus Dysch, February 3, 2014
Prime Minister David Cameron has revealed details of the new Holocaust Commission. The cross-party, multi-faith group will investigate ways to educate future generations of Britons about the Shoah. The group's membership was announced to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day and Mr Cameron hosted survivors at a special Downing Street reception.

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Shoah teacher’s Unesco role

By Simon Rocker, January 30, 2014

The founder of Britain’s first Holocaust museum has a new international role to promote awareness of genocide.

Stephen Smith, who opened the Holocaust Centre in Nottinghamshire, has become Unesco’s first chairman of genocide education.

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Israelis’ tough stance at Auschwitz

By Sandy Rashty, January 30, 2014

Around half of the members of the Israeli Knesset flew to Poland this week in a high-security operation to honour Shoah victims on Holocaust Memorial Day.

World leaders from the UK, US and Europe joined the 54 MKs for a ceremony at Auschwitz-Birkenau, on the 69th anniversary of its liberation.

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Himmler letters reveal coldness of mass-killer

By Toby Axelrod, January 30, 2014

A collection of letters from Heinrich Himmler — a leading architect of the Holocaust — has turned up in Israel.

The banality of many of the letters makes them horrific. For instance, amid casual observations to his wife Himmler incidentally mentions an upcoming visit to Auschwitz, signing off: “Your Heini”.

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Knesset in Auschwitz for 'historic' Holocaust Memorial Day

By Sandy Rashty, January 29, 2014

Polish locals watched a 1000-strong delegation of Israeli, British and European parliamentarians gather at Auschwitz-Birkenau this week.

Former Conservative head Lord Howard, Tory MP Matthew Offord and Anne McGuire, chair of Labour Friends of Israel attended the emotional ceremony on Holocaust Memorial Day.

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