The Holocaust

Holocaust Memorial Day in Jerusalem

By Jennifer Lipman, May 2, 2011
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Israelis are marking the annual Holocaust and Heroism Remembrance Day today. As in all other years, a siren was sounded prompting citizens to stop what they were doing for a two-minute silence. Watch footage of the moment at Jerusalem's usually bustling Machane Yehuda market.


Remembrance day

April 28, 2011

Organisers of Sunday's Hyde Park ceremony to commemorate Yom HaShoah - the Jewish re-membrance day for Holocaust victims - are hoping for a four-figure turnout.

The Forum for Yom HaShoah, a cross-communal initiative, points out that there will be two dozen other commemorative events around the country.


From grief to hope - a religious Shoah message

By Lord Jonathan Sacks, April 28, 2011

For the past two years, we have been engaged in a major experiment in Anglo-Jewry: finding a way of giving religious expression to Yom ha-Shoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day - which falls this Sunday - in a way that will guarantee its continuity across the generations even when there are no more survivors to share their memories and stories with us.


Why an 88-year-old Holocaust survivor has become a heroine to young Africans

April 21, 2011

To her friends, Hilde Back was a quiet, elderly Jewish woman who used to teach pre-school children and had lived alone for 35 years. But to Chris MBuru she was "an angel who had walked into my life and fixed it".

Back, now 88, is the star of Jennifer Arnold's new documentary, A Small Act, after she unwittingly inspired the largest educational fund in Kenya.


On this day: Bergen-Belsen liberated

By Jennifer Lipman, April 15, 2011

When Bergen Belsen, the concentration in which Anne Frank and around 50,000 others perished, was liberated by British troops, they found a place of disease, starvation and death.

The soldiers who first entered the camps later recalled witnessing piles of naked bodies left to rot all around. There were 60,000 people still inside, most barely clinging on to life.


York maintains cut to Shoah day funding

By Jessica Elgot, April 15, 2011

Labour councillors have failed in a bid to overturn an 80 per cent reduction in York Council's Holocaust Memorial Day budget, which leaves just £1,000 to spend on the 2012 commemoration. A motion to reverse the cut was on the agenda at last week's council meeting, backed by Labour and Green councillors. Holocaust survivor Lillian Black also spoke in support.


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.