The Holocaust

The painful truth about survival

By Emma Hartley, September 29, 2015

All I can do for my family who were lost is to say, I am with you in spirit. I take on myself, as much as I can bear, the terrible despair, suffering, heartbreak and pain that was visited on you. Although it is only a feeble gesture, I stand with you at the moment of death, and create a living link with you. That’s all I can do.”


91-year-old woman charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder for role in Holocaust

By JC Reporter, September 22, 2015

German prosecutors have charged a 91-year-old woman with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder on allegations she was a member of the Nazi SS who served in Auschwitz.

The woman, whose name has not been disclosed, is alleged to have served as a radio operator for the camp commandant from April to July 1944.


Pears Foundation gives £5m to Imperial War Museum to upgrade Holocaust exhibition

By Charlotte Oliver, September 16, 2015

The Imperial War Museum’s Holocaust exhibition is to undergo a multi-million pound expansion and redevelopment, thanks to support from the Pears Foundation.


The agony and anticipation of waiting for a dream to come true

By Monica Porter, September 13, 2015

How long does it take for a dream to die? Five years? Ten? Fifteen? Well, I have had a certain dream for 25 years now, and you know what? After a long quarter-century of disappointments, I think I might have to let it go. Which is a real shame, because it's a wonderful dream.


All Britain must join fight against antisemitism, urges Sajid Javid

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has called on the whole nation to fight extremism and antisemitism.

Speaking at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual dinner, Mr Javid said he was repeatedly told about the concern being caused by rising Jew-hatred.


Men claim to have found Nazi train carrying stolen gold

By Jessica Weinstein, August 21, 2015

Two men have claimed to have found an Nazi-era train carrying loot – stolen from Jews - that disappeared without a trace during the Second World War.

The men – one Pole and one German – filed the claim in the south-west Polish town of Walbrzych, where, according to Polish law, treasure finders can keep 10 per cent of the value of their discovery.


Orphans who found heaven in the Lake District after WWII

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott was 15 when he was liberated from Theresienstadt concentration camp and flown to Britain for a new life.

He had lost his parents and sister and suffered other untold horrors at the hands of the Nazis, but found a home with 300 other refugee children in Windermere in the Lake District.


The last Nazi Hunters: An interview with France’s heroes

By Michael Freedland, August 12, 2015

It seemed not long ago that the shutters were about to come down on what was probably the world's strangest family business. A firm that could have been listed in trade directories as "Nazi hunters". But the doors are still open. In Paris today the Klarsfeld family, mother, father and son, are as active as ever.


Record number of visitors to Auschwitz in 2015

By Nissan Tzur, August 12, 2015

More than one million people have visited Auschwitz so far in 2015, the highest number ever recorded in the first seven months of a year.

The Auschwitz museum has estimated that, by the end of the year, the number of visitors will be above the 1.53 million people who toured the site last year.