The Holocaust

Germany to try Auschwitz medic accused of murdering 3,600

By JC Reporter, January 18, 2016

Germany is to try a former Auschwitz paramedic, who is accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 3,681 people.

Hubert Z, 95 - whose last name is being withheld due to Germany’s privacy laws - was a Nazi SS officer at Auschwitz between October 1943 and January 1944.

The Guardian reports that he was one of the death camp’s paramedics from 15 August to 14 September 1944.


Morgan recalls her 'life-changing' visit

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has described her visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau as "truly life-changing" in shaping her thinking about the Holocaust.

Mrs Morgan - who made the trip in 2012 with students from her Loughborough constituency - was speaking before the Holocaust Educational Trust's Lord Merlyn-Rees memorial lecture at the Houses of Parliament on Tuesday.


Museum benefits from a well-hidden story

By Josh Jackman, January 18, 2016

Helen Taichner hid from the Nazis for five months and 20 days in a three-foot wide coal cellar in Poland, sleeping on cardboard amid the smell of mice and the bucket she used as a toilet. But she survived and went on to settle in Manchester.


Life inside the concentration camps of Scotland

By Simon Webb, January 15, 2016

After the end of the Second World War, when the horrors of concentration camps such as Dachau and Belsen became known, it was commonly claimed of the German people that, ''They must have known.'' How could concentration camps be operating on the edge of villages and towns without those living nearby being aware of what was happening in such places?


Son of Saul Shoah film nominated for an Oscar

By Josh Jackman, January 14, 2016

Holocaust film Son of Saul has been nominated for an Academy Award, it was announced on Thursday.

The Hungarian production, which has already won a Golden Globe and a Grand Prix honour from Cannes during the awards season.

It was first shown in Britain at the UK Jewish Film Festival in November.


Ten survivors recognised for education role

By Josh Jackman and Naomi Firsht, January 7, 2016


Ten Holocaust survivors have been recognised in the Queen's New Year's honours list, for their contributions to Shoah education.

Susan Pollack was made an MBE for her work supporting Holocaust Memorial Day.


Honoured survivors celebrate with tea

January 7, 2016

Eight members of Jewish Care's Holocaust Survivors Centre who featured in the New Year's Honours were given a celebratory tea at the Hendon centre on Wednesday.


Ukraine plans museum to commemorate Babi Yar

By Julie Masis, January 7, 2016

A museum will be built in Ukraine next year to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the biggest single Holocaust massacres, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital announced last week.


Hungary drops plan for statue to honour Second World War politician

By Naomi Firsht, December 20, 2015

Plans to erect a statue of a former Hungarian minister who drafted antisemitic legislation during the Holocaust have been cancelled after protests.


'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.