The Holocaust

Siemens opens Nazi camp file

By Toby Axelrod, March 3, 2011

Each February, Gilbert Michlin invites fellow survivors and their spouses to his birthday party at his home in Paris. Before making a l'chaim, Mr Michlin remembers how, two days before his 18th birthday in 1944, he was deported from Paris and sent to a slave-labour sub-camp of Auschwitz.


Book on Polish Holocaust 'exploitation' causes uproar

By Nissan Tzur, March 3, 2011

A controversial new book which argues that some Poles gained financially from the plight of Jews during the Holocaust has sparked outrage in Poland and abroad.


Scots extend aid for Auschwitz project

February 25, 2011

The Scottish government is continuing its support of the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lessons from Auschwitz programme for schools with a £214,000 grant.


Schindler's List? I wondered what uncle Oskar did

February 24, 2011

The letters and photos of a young Oskar Schindler have been discovered by a relative who had no idea that "Uncle Oskar" had saved the lives of more than 1,000 Jews.

The correspondence was found by the daughter of Schindler's cousin, Emilie Tyrolt, who emigrated to America before 1920 and exchanged letters with the young Oskar.


German Jews celebrate new Reform synagogue

By Jennifer Lipman, February 22, 2011

The first Reform synagogue to open in Germany since before the Holocaust has been dedicated.

The synagogue has been built in Hameln, in Lower Saxony, at the site of one destroyed by the Nazis more than 70 years ago on Kristellnacht.

Building of the Beitenu synagogue and community centre, intended to serve around 200 Jews in the town, was partly funded by the state.

Rachel Dohme, president of the new congregation, said: "It's incredible that, after the Shoah, in Germany a synagogue could be built with money that came from German political organisations.”


Secret that saved my life

By Nathan Jeffay, February 18, 2011

For years, Avraham Carmi felt a debt of gratitude to the Pole who saved his life. Like an angel the kind man swooped into his life, helped him in his hour of need and disappeared without revealing anything about himself.

Then one day - years later - Carmi found out his saviour's name, where to find him and the man's staggering secret.

Three days before the Nazis invaded Poland in 1939, 10-year-old Carmi, or Abrash Stohlbach-Weinberger as he was called back then, went with his mother from their home town of Krzeszowice to nearby Warsaw, which she thought was safer.


How Zahava Kohn survived the Nazis

February 17, 2011

"I was born in British-controlled Palestine in 1935 and moved to Amsterdam two years later. We were comfortably off but things were difficult for the Jews. My parents were very worried when my brother was born. They wanted to escape Amsterdam but were afraid the baby would cry. They tried desperately to get us out of the country and eventually got visas for Honduras but the papers arrived too late.


Director's family Shoah production

February 17, 2011

A schools theatre director has embarked upon a more personal production - her own mother's story of survival in Bergen-Belsen.

Until last year, Lady Zahava Kohn had never spoken in public about her experiences in Nazi-occupied Holland and in the concentration camp.


And the Oscar doesn't go to...Holocaust films?

By Tom Tugend, February 17, 2011

This is the first year for nearly 50 years that not a single Oscar or Golden Globe entry has focused on the horrors of the Shoah.

Equally ignored, with one peripheral exception, are films on World War II and the Nazi regime. Only a year ago, Jewish GIs were wiping out Hitler and his minions in Inglorious Basterds, and the year before we fed on German guilt and anti-Nazi resistance in The Reader, Defiance and Valkyrie.


Most wanted Nazi war criminal Kepiro charged

By Jennifer Lipman, February 14, 2011

A Hungarian man accused of massacring more than 1,200 Jewish, Roma and Serbian people during the Holocaust has been charged with war crimes by prosecutors in Budapest.

Sandor Kepiro, listed as one of the top ten most wanted Nazis by the Simon Wiesenthal centre, is alleged to have been one of those responsible for the Novi Sad massacre in 1942.

Most of the victims of the attack were taken to the icy Danube River in northern Serbia and shot.