The Holocaust

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.


Holocaust symbol demo appals Israel

January 5, 2012

Fury swept Israel this week, after members of an extremist Charedi group donned yellow stars and mock outfits from Nazi death camps for a rally.

On Saturday night, when Charedim gathered in Jerusalem to protest against what they termed "incitement" against them, a small group of anti-Zionist extremists known as the Sikrikim - loosely related to Neturei Karta - invoked Holocaust symbolism.


Lego concentration camp sold to Polish museum

By Jennifer Lipman, January 5, 2012

A Polish museum has purchased a controversial replica of a concentration camp – made of Lego.

Zbigniew Libera enraged the toy company in 1996 when he built a miniature version of a Nazi death camp using Lego’s signature colourful bricks. The set featured Lego crematoria and barracks, barbed-wire fences and miniature guards and skeletons, all marked with the company’s name.


Holocaust survivor siblings runners-up for Sternberg award

By Jennifer Lipman, December 30, 2011

A Holocaust survivor and two-time Olympic competitor has been named as one of five runners-up for the Times/ Sternberg Active Life Award. This year's winner was psychiatrist Colin Murray Parkes.

Ben Helfgott and his sister Mala Tribich were honoured for their contributions to Holocaust education.


Police probe Essex Holocaust memorial metal theft

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

Metal thieves in Harlow have stolen a plaque commemorating the victims of the Holocaust.

Police are investigating who was behind the theft of the 18 inch square bronze memorial plaque honouring those who were killed by the Nazis between 1933 and 1945.


Debate over teaching the Holocaust in UK schools

By Jennifer Lipman, December 29, 2011

One of the leading figures in Holocaust education has challenged a former education minister after he called for an end to teaching about the Nazis in British classrooms.

Lord Baker of Dorking, who developed the National Curriculum during his three-year stint as Margaret Thatcher's education secretary, told the Telegraph that the study of Nazism should be banned from the curriculum.


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.