The Holocaust

In Darkness: Oscar nominated Polish Holocaust film

By Jennifer Lipman, January 24, 2012

Nominated for an Academy Award, director Agnieszka Holland's film In Darkness tells the story of a family from the Lvov ghetto hidden with the help of a Polish man, and the bond that forms between them.


Ethical choices during desperate times

By Kristen Monroe, January 23, 2012

We all have memories of events so important that we can identify exactly where we were when they happened, who was with us, what we wore, or where we sat. I remember the day my father told me about the Holocaust. We were in the car - a blue Chevrolet with plastic seat covers that cracked in the cold - driving to my weekly piano lesson.


Historical understanding is essential

By Rabbi Dr Jeffrey Cohen, January 23, 2012

Last month, the House of Commons All-Party Group on History issued an alarming report showing that the subject was being increasingly neglected in comprehensive schools. In one Merseyside district, only four out of 2,000 18-year-olds passed the subject at A-level.


MPs mark Holocaust Memorial Day with Westminster debate

By Jennifer Lipman, January 20, 2012

Politicians from all parties have paid tribute to the heroism and bravery displayed by the victims of Nazi persecution during the Holocaust and spoken of their experiences visiting the camps and meeting survivors.


In the shadow of Wannsee

By Shimon Samuels, January 20, 2012

The Holocaust is the most documented of genocides, yet the most covered up by its perpetrators and denied and distorted by its contemporary detractors.


Learning from Shoah

January 19, 2012

London's Deputy Mayor Richard Barnes joined Holocaust survivor Zigi Shipper at a special assembly at Bishop Challoner Catholic Collegiate School in Tower Hamlets in advance of Holocaust Memorial Day, which falls next Friday.

The assembly was led by sixth-formers Zeinab Jobber and Shannon Lashmar, who visited Auschwitz in October through the Holocaust Educational Trust's "Lessons from Auschwitz"


£700 apology from Dubai gym after Auschwitz ad

January 19, 2012

The British gym owner who used an image of Auschwitz to promote weight loss in his Dubai fitness centre is to donate £700 to a Leeds Holocaust charity. The money from weekend takings at The Circuit Factory gym will be donated to the Holocaust Survivors Friendship Association.

Owner Phil Parkinson came under fire for using an image of Auschwitz, with the caption "Kiss your calories goodbye".


Sweden to probe death of Holocaust hero Wallenberg

By Jennifer Lipman, January 18, 2012

Sweden has announced that it is to open an investigation into the death of Holocaust hero and diplomat Raoul Wallenberg.

Mr Wallenberg, who was the Swedish special envoy to Budapest from 1944 to1945, saved tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Nazis by creating safe houses and issuing visas. He did this at risk to his own life.


Gym uses Auschwitz image as good place to burn calories

By Jessica Elgot, January 6, 2012

A British gym owner who posted an advert for his Dubai fitness centre suggesting Auschwitz was a good place to burn calories has apologised.

Phil Parkinson, founder of The Circuit Factory said he “posted it without giving it my full attention.”


Burial in Israel scheme praised by first family

By Jessica Elgot, January 5, 2012

A British soldier who married a Holocaust survivor he helped to liberate from Bergen-Belsen has been laid to rest in Israel - the first person to buried there under a United Synagogue scheme.

Charles Salt, 94, died in late December.