The Holocaust

Memorial to Holocaust hero goes missing

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2011

A plaque celebrating the heroism of an MI6 agent who saved thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has gone missing.

During the Second World War Major Frank Foley, who died in 1958, posed as a passport control officer at the British Embassy in Berlin.

Under this guise he was able to forge passports and acquire visas to help 10,000 German Jews escape the Nazis.


Death of the Holocaust's quiet hero

By Simon Rocker, May 26, 2011

The veteran Zionist, Arieh Handler, who died last week in Tel Aviv aged 95, was the last surviving witness of the declaration of the state of Israel.

For many years he was the embodiment of religious Zionism in the UK as the founder of the national branch of Bnei Akiva and as a leader of Mizrachi UK before he finally made aliyah at the age of 90.


On this day: Himmler commits suicide

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2011

After Germany surrendered to allied troops on May 8, Heinrich Himmler was arrested by the British and imprisoned in Germany.

Rather than face questioning and trial, the SS official committed suicide by biting on a cyanide capsule, denying the world of the chance to bring him to justice.


Israel's survivors need us now

By Matthew Gould, May 20, 2011

M y grandfather did not talk much about what happened to his family when the Nazis occupied Warsaw, but we knew there were 10 Goldkorn brothers and sisters before the War, and only three afterwards. He never stopped grieving for those who were killed, for their families and their children.


For relatives of Nazi victims, this is still not over

By Greville Janner, May 19, 2011

In the months before the Demjanjuk verdict was delivered, there were some who doubted the wisdom of putting the man on trial. Yes, they conceded, his crimes were grave - but so many years had passed that perhaps we should move on? His age, frailty and poor health were frequently cited, not least by Demjanjuk himself, who sought to avoid extradition to Germany on these grounds.


'Last Nazi' Demjanjuk guilty, but goes free

By Toby Axelrod, May 19, 2011

Relief washed over the Munich courtroom as John Demjanjuk was pronounced guilty of war crimes.

But among Jewish observers there were mixed feelings about his release from Stadelheim prison, pending appeal.

While co-plaintiffs said they respected the court's decision to temporarily free Demjanjuk, prosecutors challenged the decision - and the sentence itself.


Demjanjuk convicted but released pending appeal

By Jennifer Lipman, May 12, 2011

John Demjanjuk will not go to prison yet, despite being convicted as an accessory to the murder of more than 27,000 people at Sobibor during the Holocaust.

Demjanjuk, who denied working as a concentration camp guard during the nearly 18-month-long trial in Munich, was sentenced to five years behind bars.


Poles finally learn about their Holocaust whistleblower

By Nissan Tzur, May 12, 2011

The late Jan Karski is a national hero in Poland for his role as a resistance fighter during the Second World War. Few, however, knew that he was also one of the first eyewitnesses of the Holocaust and documented the horrors of the Warsaw Ghetto - despite having been recognised as "Righteous Among the Nations" by Yad Vashem in 1982.


Barmitzvah at long last

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

Hollywood producer Branko Lustig, 78, has won two Academy awards, with prestigious production credits on Fiddler on the Roof, Sophie's Choice and Schindler's List. But the one thing Croatian-born Mr Lustig never had was a barmitzvah.


It's not just about how they died - but how they lived

By Jessica Elgot, May 12, 2011

In the sea of blue and white magen Davids, navy jackets and wooden placards on the road between Auschwitz and Birkenau, a single Union Jack was held aloft.

It belonged to the first full British delegation to March of the Living - 80 students, young professionals and adults who were nearing the end of a six-day journey across Poland.