The Holocaust

Yad Vashem leads British teachers in Holocaust course

By Jessica Elgot, February 16, 2012

The Holocaust is embedded in the national curriculum, and a core part of education at Jewish schools. But how much do teachers really know, and how do you teach a six-year-old, or even a 16-year-old, about gas chambers?

Israel's Holocaust memorial centre, Yad Vashem, last week flew in 20 British teachers for an intensive week-long course on how to teach the Holocaust to Jewish children.


Referee told Jewish footballers should 'remember concentration camps'

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2012

A well-known Manchester Football Association official told a referee to remind Jewish players of "the concentration camps" if they gave him any trouble.

Phil Morris, the referee appointments secretary at the Manchester FA, was found guilty by an FA panel of making the comment before a match involving Jewish teams from the Manchester Jewish Soccer League.


Marines apologise for SS flag photo

By Jennifer Lipman, February 13, 2012

The US Defence Secretary has issued an apology after it emerged that a group of US marines had posed with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Leon Panetta's office expressed regret for the insensitivity displayed by the sniper team when it posed alongside a US flag and another bearing "a Nazi-related symbol".


US Marines posed with 'SS insignia' flag

By Jennifer Lipman, February 10, 2012

Members of the US Marine Corp have been criticised after a photograph surfaced of them posing with a flag that "adopted the SS insignia".

Ten Marines, who were serving in Afghanistan, were pictured next to a flag bearing "a Nazi-related symbol", as well as a US flag. The photo was said to have been taken in September 2010 but was not brought to the unit's attention until late last year.


'Nazi' stag Tory 'disrespectful' during Holocaust survivor talk

By Jennifer Lipman, February 9, 2012

Aidan Burley, who was sacked from his junior government role last year after attending a Nazi-themed stag party, has become embroiled in a row over his "conduct" while listening to a Holocaust survivor.


£4m fund will help survivors in need

February 9, 2012

A £4 million fund was launched this week to provide essential support to UK-based Holocaust survivors and refugees from Nazism.

The Six Point Foundation has been established with some of the money generated by the disposal of the assets of the Otto Schiff Housing Association, which worked with survivors.

It is estimated that it will be operational for up to seven years, or until all the fun


Court blocks cross-border Holocuast lawsuits

By Toby Axelrod, February 9, 2012

A ruling last week by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that victims of the Nazis will not have the right to sue Germany in foreign courts has dashed hopes for speedier justice for Holocaust survivors.

The judgment overturned a 2004 decision by the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled that Germany should pay reparations to an Italian former slave labourer, Luigi Ferrini.


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.


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.


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".