The Holocaust

Analysis: A sinister scheme to devalue the Holocaust is gathering steam

By Efraim Zuroff, January 8, 2010

The question of how Lithuania deals with its Holocaust past has simmered for 18 years, ever since it gained independence.

But in the past few weeks it has become crucial, due to Lithuania’s campaign to obtain recognition that Communism is the equivalent of Nazism.

The current controversy kicked off on November 30, 2009, when Lithuanian PM Andrius Kubilius was the guest on BBC’s Hardtalk.

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US Holocaust museum shooter dies

By Robyn Rosen, January 7, 2010

The man behind the US Holocaust Museum shooting, which left a guard dead, has died in prison.

James von Brunn shot and killed Stephen Tyrone Johns on June 10 last year during an attempted raid on the museum in Washington.

Von Brunn, 88, died in a prison hospital on Wednesday of natural causes after suffering from chronic heart disease and complications arising from the wounds he incurred in the shooting.

Von Brunn was awaiting trial on possible death penalty charges in the federal prison in Butner, North Carolina.

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Galloway compares Israel to Nazi doctor Mengele

By Jessica Elgot, December 29, 2009

The MP George Galloway has compared Israel to Nazi doctor Josef Mengele who experimented on prisoners and with body parts of concentration camp victims.

In an article in the Scottish Daily Record entitled “Dark Echoes of the Holocaust”, the outspoken Respect MP criticised the lack of press attention given to Israel’s admission of taking unauthorised organs from both Israelis and Palestinians.

He said Israel was “playing mini-Mengele on Palestinian prisoners in Israeli jails.”

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Replica Auschwitz sign on eBay

By Robyn Rosen, December 24, 2009

A replica “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign, described as “similar to the one at Auschwitz” is being auctioned on eBay just days after the real sign was stolen.

The sign is being sold by “ss panzergrenadier” who describes himself as an “artist”. Six people have so far bid in the auction, which closes tomorrow, with the highest bid at $132.50 (£83).

It measures about seven feet long and is made from round bar steel with steel lettering.

Last week, the genuine wrought-iron sign was wrenched off from above the entrance to the death camp.

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Auschwitz theft: sign of times

By Rabbi Barry Marcus, December 23, 2009

The joy of our Chanucah celebrations was dampened when we awoke on the 7th day to learn of the distressing theft of the infamous “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign from the gates at the entrance of Auschwitz I.

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Auschwitz thieves show how they stole sign

By Robyn Rosen, December 22, 2009

Three men who have confessed to stealing the Arbeit Macht Frei sign from the entrance gates of Auschwitz have re-enacted the theft for police.

Police found the 16-foot wrought-iron sign cut into three pieces on Sunday evening in northern Poland and arrested five men, aged in their 20s and 30s.

It had been stolen before 5 o’clock on Friday morning and had been unscrewed on one side and then wrenched off.

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Boycott union to hold antisemitism seminars

December 21, 2009

UCU, the academic union at the forefront of the campaign to boycott Israel, has announced that it is to hold three seminars on "the dangers of antisemitism." They are to be held in January and are being timed to coincide with Holocaust Memorial Day on January 27.

All the seminars - to be held at the universities of Brighton, Northumbria, and the union's head office - are to be chaired by Tom Hickey, the leading proponent of the boycott campaign.

Leading members of the community have expressed shock at the news and described the move as "outrageously cynical".

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Stolen Auschwitz sign found

By Robyn Rosen, December 21, 2009

The “Arbeit Macht Frei” sign which was stolen from the entrance gate of Auschwitz has been found, cut into three pieces.

The 16-foot wrought-iron sign was recovered last night in northern Poland by police who arrested five men, aged in their 20s and 30s.

It had been stolen before 5 o’clock on Friday morning and had been unscrewed on one side and then wrenched off.

Andrzej Rokita, district police chief in the city of Krakow, said: “We can say that none of the five are members of a neo-Nazi group. Their intent was undoubtedly robbery-related.”

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Auschwitz sign stolen

By Jessica Elgot, December 18, 2009

The wrought-iron sign above the entrance to Auschwitz with the infamous slogan ‘Arbeit Macht Frei’ has been stolen.

The sign, which is believed to have been stolen before 5 o’clock this morning using a ladder, had been unscrewed on one side and then wrenched off.

The theft is the first major act of vandalism to be committed on the site, which stands as a memorial to the six million Jews and other miniorities murderd by the Nazis.

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Demjanjuk trial opens - and closes

By Toby Axelrod, December 3, 2009

The gathering began at 6am on Monday, outside the Munich District Court: journalists and members of the public, huddling together against the pre-dawn chill.

Ultimately, against expectations, most would be let into courtroom 101/1 to witness the opening day of the Nazi war crimes trial of John Demjanjuk, charged as an accessory to the murder of 29,700 Jews at the Sobibor death camp in Poland in 1943.

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