The Holocaust

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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EasyJet apologises for Holocaust fashion shoot

By Jessica Elgot, November 23, 2009

A magazine published by budget airline easyJet has featured a fashion shoot with models posing at the Berlin Holocaust memorial.

The airline has apologised and withdrawn the November issue of its in-flight magazine, which featured the fashion shoot at the Foundation Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

The shoot featured photographs of male and female models, wearing designer clothes, and posing in against the Memorial’s concrete blocks.

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Former 'Nazi' charged with killing 58 in Austria

By Jessica Elgot, November 17, 2009

A German court has charged a 90-year-old man with 58 counts of murder for killing Jewish forced laborers in Austria.

The former SS guard has been charged with killing the Jewish labourers in Deutsch-Schetzen, in eastern Austria.
The murders were allegedly committed on March 30, 1945, just over month before the German surrender.

The suspect has not been identified by the Duisberg state court, but he is said to be a resident of the town.
The court will now decide within two weeks whether the case should be brought to trial.

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Hackney police visit Auschwitz

By Robyn Rosen, November 12, 2009

Senior Hackney police officers joined a visit to the Auschwitz death camp site organised by the Charedi community.

Borough commander Chief-Superintendent Steve Bending and head of its safer neighbourhoods unit Chief-Inspector Pete Atkinson also toured Krakow and other sites of Jewish interest.

The trip was one of a series arranged by Chuni Kahan of the Hatzolah volunteer emergency service. “The purpose is to build bridges and understanding between various communities,” he said.

“It was a very moving, fulfilling and emotional trip and has been very productive.”

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