The Holocaust

Museum stalls Quaker history

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 2, 2010

A man whose family was saved from the Holocaust by the Quaker movement has accused Yad Vashem of failing to record the historical rescue.

Peter Kurer, 79, from Manchester, was brought to England in 1938 from Vienna by Quakers in a mass rescue operation of Jews from Germany and Austria. Their father, Jacob, a dentist, came to Britain in 1936 seeking contacts to help his family and met Horatio and Mary Goodwin, a Quaker couple in Whalley Range, south Manchester.


Payout for fake Holocaust memoir

By Jessica Elgot, November 30, 2010

The publishers of a fraudulent Holocaust memoir must pay its ghost writer $10m because she did not realise Misha Defonseca’s story was a fake.

US author Ms Defonseca published “Misha: A Memoir of the Holocaust Years” in 1997, telling a story of her survival from the Holocaust, roaming through Europe on foot, receiving food from a pack of wolves. It was a bestseller and the film rights were sold to Disney. Holocaust survivor and Nobel laureate Elie Wiesel wrote the foreword for the book.


Dutch issue arrest warrant for Nazi living in Germany

By Jessica Elgot, November 25, 2010

The Netherlands has issued a fresh European arrest warrant for a Dutch-born convicted Nazi war criminal living in Germany.

Klass-Carel Faber, 88, served as an SS officer and is high on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of Nazi criminals. Germany has refused to extradite him and he lives in Bavaria.

The Dutch public prosecutor's office said the warrant was a “preliminary step” and then a formal extradition request will be made to Germany.

This is the first time the Netherlands has issued a European arrest warrant for a war criminal.


Third most-wanted Nazi suspect dies before trial

By Jennifer Lipman, November 22, 2010

A man suspected of helping murder 430,000 Jews during the Holocaust has died before he could be brought to trial.

Dr Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre described it as “incredibly frustrating” to lose the chance to try Samuel Kunz for his alleged role in the Nazi massacres at the Belzec death camp in Poland.

Mr Kunz, third on the Simon Wiesenthal Centre’s list of wanted Nazis, was indicted in Germany in July for this and also for allegedly shooting ten Jews in two separate incidents.


Getting Britons on Holocaust march

By Jenni Frazer, November 18, 2010

Businessman Scott Saunders was living in Tokyo in 1992 when he went to an event that changed his life.

It was a memorial service at the local Jewish community centre for the wartime Japanese diplomat, Chiune Sugihara, who issued visas to help thousands of Jews escape the Holocaust.

Mr Saunders, who describes himself as "Anglo-Jewish to the core", began to read more about the Holocaust. By 1995 he was living in Hong Kong, where he chaired the synagogue.


The penniless divorced businessman and the gold bars

By James Brewster, November 18, 2010

The mysterious disappearance of three solid gold bars is at the centre of a divorce battle in which a businessman claims he has been left all but penniless - while his ex-wife lives in a £2.5m mansion.

In a tale of family money which goes back to the Holocaust, Peter Brandon, 67, says the bars were for years simply "lying around" the 11-bedroom Buckinghamshire home he once shared with his ex-wife Christina - and that "anyone may have picked them up".


On this day: the Warsaw Ghetto is sealed

By Jennifer Lipman, November 16, 2010

In 1939 when the Nazis invaded Poland Warsaw’s Jewish community, which at the time made up about 30 per cent of the city’s population, was the second largest in the world.


Clint Eastwood and British director honoured at Los Angeles gala

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010

The work of a Jewish filmmaker has been honoured alongside actor Clint Eastwood at a Los Angeles awards ceremony.

British-born writer and director Joshua Newton was praised for his Holocaust thriller Iron Cross at the Museum of Tolerance International Film Festival.

The film received one of two awards from the museum. The other was given to Mr Eastwood for "encouraging tolerance, justice and human rights" through his work.


Iron Cross: trailer

By Jennifer Lipman, November 15, 2010
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A preview of Joshua Newton's award-winning Holocaust film, starring Jaws actor Roy Scheider. The film is released in Britain in March 2011.


Anger over Glenn Beck's Soros Holocaust remarks

By Jennifer Lipman, November 11, 2010

Jewish organisations have criticised Fox news pundit Glenn Beck for an attack on businessman George Soros’ Holocaust record.

Mr Beck said in a documentary about the Jewish billionaire that as a child in Hungary living with a non-Jewish family Mr Soros “help[ed] send the Jews to the death camps,” and helped confiscate the property of other Jews.”

He said: “Here's a Jewish boy helping send the Jews to the death camps.

“I am certainly not saying that George Soros enjoyed that, even had a choice. I mean, he's 14 years old. He was surviving.