The Holocaust

Nazi 'book-keeper' admits to moral guilt

By Charlotte Oliver, April 22, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has asked for forgiveness as he stands trial for contributing to the murder of at least 30,000 Jews.

Oskar Groening, now aged 93, said he was “morally guilty”, as he appeared before almost 70 Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives in court in the north German city of Lueneburg on Tuesday.


Orchard is right up Sam's street

By Jay Grenby , April 20, 2015

The oldest and longest-standing member of Welwyn Garden City Synagogue, 97-year-old Sam Ostro, has had a 20-tree apple orchard named after him.

Sam’s Orchard is located at the corner of the road where the gardening enthusiast has lived for the past 56 years. It is part of a scheme introduced by Welwyn-Hatfield Council to create small orchards in open spaces.


The monster who was my grandad

By Sandy Rashty, April 17, 2015

Jennifer Teege says she will never forget meeting Ari Nornberg, a Holocaust survivor. While promoting her book in Tel Aviv this year, she spotted him sitting “two meters in front of me” in the packed room.


A minute’s reading to remember Anne Frank

By Josh Jackman, April 16, 2015

Celebrities have joined an innovative campaign to mark the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp.


UK’s biggest Yom Hashoah

By Sandy Rashty, April 16, 2015

Sir Peter Bazalgette, who leads the Prime Minister’s United Kingdom Holocaust Memorial Foundation, will speak at what is set to be the UK’s largest national Yom Hashoah memorial event on Sunday.

More than 3,000 tickets have been booked for the “Remember Together — We are One” commemoration at the Allianz Park stadium in north London.


Bergen Belsen survivor recalls moment of liberation

By Sandy Rashty, April 15, 2015

Today, on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi camp Bergen Belsen by the 11th Armoured Division of the British Army, Holocaust survivors and witnesses rallied to tell their stories.

Holocaust survivor Judy Rosenzweig remembers the moment British troops liberated the Bergen Belsen concentration camp in northern Germany.


Tears as camp liberation anniversary approaches

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

April 15 is always an emotional day for Gena Turgel, but this year it will be more heartfelt than ever,
The date marks the liberation by British troops of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, in 1945.

As an inmate in the camp, Mrs Turgel remembers the day well, and recalling events in the run-up to next week’s 70th anniversary, she found it hard to hold back the tears.


Survivors brushing up

March 19, 2015

The art of Holocaust Survivors Centre members has found a wider audience with the opening of an exhibition of their drawings and landscapes at the Wiener Library in central London.

Among the featured artists is Renie Inow, who came to England from Germany on the Kindertransport just before the start of the war.


Survivor's debt to centre

March 12, 2015

Auschwitz survivor Freddie Knoller received a standing ovation from guests at Jewish Care's young patrons dinner as he explained how the Holocaust Survivors Centre had changed his life.

"For 35 years, I never spoke a word about what had happened to me in the Holocaust," Mr Knoller, 93, recalled. "My children asked what they were supposed to say to my grandchildren. So I began to tell them.


Outrage over eBay 'Jew soap'

By Toby Axelrod, March 11, 2015

A Dutch eBay vendor has been stopped from selling what he claimed was soap made from Jewish victims of the Nazis.

The vendor turned himself in to the authorities, and an investigation is underway as to the authenticity of his claim.