The Holocaust

UK gets chance to trace persecution

By Marcus Dysch, December 15, 2011

One of the world's largest Holocaust archives, recording the fate of 17 million people, could be made available in Britain for the first time - if the money is found to fund it.

The International Tracing Service (ITS) archive contains more than 50 million pieces of information, using records from concentration camps, ghettos and displaced persons' camps.

It was initially created by the Briti


How one man used the archives

December 15, 2011

Jeno Schwarcz was born in February 1928 in Munkacs, Czechoslovakia. On May 14, 1944, he was arrested, with his two sisters and parents, and deported to Auschwitz-Birkenau. When they arrived at the camp they were separated and Jeno never saw his family again. He survived and was liberated from Bergen-Belsen in April 1945, unaware of his family's fate.


New £416m payout to Holocaust survivors

By Toby Axelrod, December 8, 2011

Germany has agreed to offer a new compensation deal to Holocaust survivors who spent time in ghettos and in hiding during the Second World War.

Thousands of survivors had been turned down for benefits because they had been in ghettos or in hiding for less than 18 months.


Billionaire Adelson backs Yad Vashem

By Jennifer Lipman, December 7, 2011

Israel's Holocaust museum has received a massive boost this week thanks to a donation from one of America's richest men.

Casino billionaire Sheldon Adelson pledged to give Yad Vashem almost £16 million to support its International School for Holocaust Studies, matching the amount he gave to it in 2006.


Holocaust archive moves to new home

By Jennifer Lipman, December 2, 2011

Historians and members of the public who want to find out more about the Nazi atrocities will be able to browse around two million documents at the new home of the world's oldest Holocaust archive.


Kindertransport memorial unveiled

By Jonathan Wittenberg, December 2, 2011

On Wednesday in Hoek van Holland, in sight of the gangway where over 70 years ago they embarked for England and freedom, gathered tens of Kinder from all over the world.


Arrest in Miami Holocaust survivor tax scam

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2011

A Florida woman has appeared in court on charges of stealing the personal details of Holocaust survivors as part of a tax return scam.

Crystal Thorne, 23, was an administrator for a branch of the Holocaust Survivors Assistance Program in Miami.


Holocaust survivors could sue insurers for £12bn

By Jessica Elgot, November 16, 2011

US Holocaust survivors could sue European insurance companies for around £12bn in illegally confiscated life insurance in Nazi Europe.


Artists shouldn't be passengers when it comes to the Holocaust

By Gerald Jacobs, November 14, 2011

In recent weeks, the JC has published three columns about Mieczyslaw Weinberg's The Passenger, which has just finished its run at the English National Opera. Each of the writers was exercised by the fact that Weinberg's opera is set in Auschwitz.


Global Shoah project giving families closure

By Nathalie Rothschild, November 10, 2011

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has joined forces with genealogy website to launch the World Memory Project.

A searchable database with records of over 30,000 victims of Nazi persecution is now available online, and the public has been invited to help expand the vast collection of information.

"We're in a race against time," said project manager Lisa Yavnai.