The Holocaust

Let Syrian refugees come to UK, says Jewish group

By Sandy Rashty, January 2, 2014

A UK-based Jewish group has backed a call to bring Syrian refugees to the UK.

Edie Friedman, head of the Jewish Council for Racial Equality (JCORE), said that, after the Holocaust, the Syrian civil war “was one of the worst crises of our lifetime” .

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Yad Vashem must tell a story about life, not just death

By Jenni Frazer, December 24, 2013

I am standing in front of a towering, thick-cream coloured rock face, on which are carved the names of hundreds of pre-war Jewish communities.

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Our lives as ‘bloody foreigners’ — the Kindertransport children 75 years on

By Charlotte Oliver, December 23, 2013

In 1938, 10,000 Jewish children were taken from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, and delivered into British care in a mission organised by World Jewish Relief (then the Central Fund for British Jewry), that became known as the Kindertransport.

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My cure for Holocaust fatigue

By Miriam Shaviv, December 13, 2013

About 10 years ago ago, I felt myself getting Holocaust fatigue.

Not that – God forbid – I stopped caring about the terrible atrocities or the national tragedy. Rather, I had reached saturation point. I had been surrounded by Holocaust stories and history for so long, I did not feel the need to know any more.

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What do badgers have to do with Kristallnacht? Ask this farmer

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

The government’s cull of badgers is an emotive issue that has divided opinion across the English countryside.

So emotive in fact that protagonists on either side of the cull divide seem unable to resist making comparisons with the Holocaust.

First it was rock guitarist Brian May, who provoked Jewish anger earlier this year when he referred to the cull as a “genocide”.

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Vatican’s Hebrew documents to go online

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

Some of the Vatican’s most prized medieval Hebrew manuscripts are to go online in a joint partnership with Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Works of Kabbalah, biblical commentary and Jewish law dating from as early as the ninth century will be among the items made accessible to scholars through the joint digitisation venture.

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Anniversary party for Kindertransport law

December 2, 2013

Speaker John Bercow reflected on his family’s migration to Britain at a Westminster event for former child refugees who came here on the Kindertransport.

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Survivor thanks World Jewish Relief

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2013

A Holocaust survivor this week expressed his gratitude to World Jewish Relief for helping him to start a new life in the UK.

Addressing WJR’s 80th anniversary dinner at London’s Guildhall, Harry Spiro — who was 15 when freed from Theresienstadt in 1945 — came here with the help of the charity, when it was known as the Central British Fund.

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Tragedy in Riga: the Shoah story nobody told

By Vanessa Curtis, November 17, 2013

In June 2012 I took a trip to Riga, capital city of Latvia, intending to research for my forthcoming young adult novel.

There is much for the tourist to admire in Riga today, not least the Daugava River with its humped, serpent-like bridge and the giant Zeppelin hangars which house the Riga Central Market, buzzing with life and heaped with vast piles of fruit, fish, cheese and meat.

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Germany must seek out owners of looted art

By Oliver Kamm, November 15, 2013

To the devoutly irreligious like me, the word “miracle” does not come easily. Yet two developments since 1945 might reasonably be described that way.

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