The Holocaust

Lithuania Holocaust memorial vandalised

By Orlando Radice, April 14, 2011

The attack on the Ninth Fort memorial in Lithuania this week, the site of one of the Holocaust's biggest single massacres, has been condemned by the Lithuanian government.

At the site near the city of Kaunas, where almost 5,000 Jews were brought by train and executed in 1941, vandals drew swastikas on memorial plates and stole a granite marker bearing the Star of David.


Eichmann trial marked in Israel, Germany fifty years on

By Jennifer Lipman, April 11, 2011

The 50th anniversary of the trial of one of the Nazi regime's most notorious figures is being marked with ceremonies around the world.

The eight-month-long trial of Adolf Eichmann, mastermind of the Nazis' Final Solution to eliminate the Jewish population, opened on April 11 1961. The trial was conducted with Eichmann sitting behind bullet-proof glass and in the glare of the worldwide media.


Germany ups cash for Holocaust survivors

By Simon Rocker, April 7, 2011

The German government has pledged significant increases in contributions towards the care of Holocaust survivors following negotiations with the Claims Conference.

Julius Berman, chairman of the New York-based restitution body, said that the agreement was "vital" to addressing the growing welfare needs of ageing survivors.


'Boycott Poland for dropping Holocaust restitution'

By Nissan Tzur, April 7, 2011

The polish government's decision to withdraw a restitution law that would have compensated thousands of people who lost property during the Holocaust has sparked a mixture of uproar and backpedalling in the Jewish world.

The WJC's general counsel, Menachem Rosensaft, last week called for an economic boycott of Poland until it adopts the law.


The Germans setting Shoah memories in stone

By Winston Pickett, April 7, 2011

Last month, on a sunny pavement in the Wilhelmsdorf-Charlottenberg section of Berlin, some 40 people solemnly gathered outside a block of tidy, well-scrubbed residential flats on Gieselerstrasse 12. They came to commemorate the memory of seven Jews who were rounded up by the Nazis and sent to their deaths in Auschwitz between 1942 and 1944.


Synagogue reopens in Polish town without Jews

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2011

A Polish town where the Jewish population was almost entirely wiped out by the Nazis 72 years ago is to be home to a synagogue once again.


Holocaust Claims head meets British critics

By Simon Rocker, March 31, 2011

The executive head of the leading Holocaust restitution organisation, the Claims Conference, defended its record when he faced some of its critics in London on Monday.

Greg Schneider, executive vice-president of the New York-based body, addressed an audience of 150, including many survivors, at the invitation of the Anglo-Jewish Association, one of four British groups on its board.


Lottery boost for Holocaust education

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

The Heritage Lottery Fund has given a major boost to Holocaust education with a £475,000 grant to London's Wiener Library, the world's oldest archive on the Nazi era.


Last attempt to restitute Holocaust survivors

By Simon Rocker, March 24, 2011

The Israeli government has launched an international initative to help Holocaust survivors, or their heirs, claim compensation for assets taken from them in eastern Europe.

Project Heart, the Holocaust-Era Asset Restitution Task Force, has been set up in conjunction with the Jewish Agency, historically the main organisation involved in diaspora-Israel relations.


On this day: New Yad Vashem opens

By Jennifer Lipman, March 15, 2011

Dignitaries and statesmen from 40 countries visited Israel for the official opening ceremony of the refurbished Holocaust museum Yad Vashem. The UN general secretary Kofi Annan spoke, as did the German Foreign Minister Joschka Fischer and Holocaust survivor and human rights campaigner Elie Wiesel.