The Holocaust

'I’m looking for the people who helped me,' says Shoah survivor at Yad Vashem

By Rosa Doherty, December 15, 2015

They stood out like a sore thumb.Most of the foreign visitors pulling up in coaches in the car park at Yad Vashem, Israel's Holocaust memorial, were either schoolchildren or tourists.

But this group was different - it included five survivors and refugees from London, with first-hand experience of the history recorded inside the white building carved into Mount Herzl, on the edge of Jerusalem.


'Teachers lack Shoah training' says HET chief

By Rosa Doherty, December 3, 2015

Schools and teachers need more support in delivering education about the Holocaust, according to a leading expert.

Karen Pollock, chief executive of the Holocaust Educational Trust, said that four out of five school staff teaching the Holocaust were self-trained.

More teachers needed to be able to access the training available, including that provided by HET.


Bafta winner to record survivors' testimonies for David Cameron’s Holocaust Foundation

By Marcus Dysch, November 27, 2015

A Bafta award-winning production company has been appointed to record the testimony of Holocaust survivors as part of David Cameron’s Shoah education initiative.

Atlantic Productions, makers of shows including Inside the Commons, David Attenborough Meets President Obama, and Kingdom of Plants, will collect the stories of up to 100 survivors in early 2016.


Huge Holocaust document cache found in wall cavity

November 26, 2015

The owners of a Budapest apartment have discovered a huge trove of documents relating to the Hungarian Holocaust in a wall cavity.

The 6,300 papers are part of a 1944 census of Budapest's Jews that was carried out to lay the ground for their extermination.

The documents contain a building-by-building record of residents surveyed and whether or not they were Jewish.


Leslau is 'moved' to back HSC

November 12, 2015

After being "profoundly moved" by a talk by a survivor, property developer Nick Leslau hosted a record-breaking Holocaust Survivors Centre dinner with his family.

Mr Leslau came into contact with the HSC last year last year when Auschwitz survivor Renee Salt spoke emotionally about her experiences to the squad of Saracens rugby club, of which he is a director.

In his opening remarks to the 3


Be careful of Putin, he is a true enemy of Jews

By Sandy Rashty, November 5, 2015

Vladimir Putin is no friend of the Jews. So says William Browder, the American-born Jewish tycoon who describes himself as the leader's "number one enemy" in his book: Red Notice.

Browder, 51, is on a mission to bring down the Russian president, the feared leader who has helped transform this world-renowned financier into a leading human rights activist.


Bibi makes second attempt to undo Holocaust gaffe

By JC Reporter, October 30, 2015

Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has made another attempt to distance himself from his recent gaffe in which he suggested that the Mufti of Jerusalem, Haj Amin al-Husseini, persuaded Adolf Hitler to exterminate Europe’s Jews.

In a post on his official Facebook page uploaded on Friday, Mr Netanyahu said that he wished to “clarify” the mufti’s relationship with the Nazis.


Education is taken seriously, but experts warn of 'troubling' gaps

By Simon Rocker, October 29, 2015

The government's pledge earlier this year of £50 million towards a new Holocaust memorial and learning centre shows how seriously remembrance of the Shoah is now taken in Britain.

Over the past 30 years the subject has moved from the margins of national life, largely thanks to an annual memorial day and space on the national curriculum.


Survey reveals pupils’ deep misunderstanding about antisemitism and the Holocaust

By Simon Rocker, October 26, 2015

More than two-thirds of secondary school pupils in England are unaware of the meaning of the term "antisemitism", according to a major new report on Holocaust education.

While the vast majority of pupils thought it important to learn about the Shoah, and most wanted to know more about it, the majority appeared to "lack core knowledge and understanding" of its key features.


Chief admires Holocaust garden

October 15, 2015

A Holocaust memorial garden at the United Synagogue's Waltham Abbey cemetery in Essex was opened by Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis on Monday.