The Holocaust

On this day: Lyndon Johnson wins the US presidency

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2010

Lyndon Johnson had already been president for nearly a year when he was actually voted in, taking on the role in the wake of the assassination of President Kennedy. But the election of 1964, the results of which were announced on November 3, put him in office with a landslide of 61 per cent of the vote.

Remembered for escalating American troop levels in Vietnam, and also for “the Great Society”, his expansive programme of domestic legislation, he remained in the White House until 1968 when he chose not to stand for reelection.


On this day: William Styron dies

By Jennifer Lipman, November 1, 2010

When Sophie’s Choice was first published in 1979, it provoked controversy and debate. More than 30 years later, it has been both banned and a bestseller, become part of the canon of Holocaust literature and been made into an Oscar-winning film starring Meryl Streep.

The story of a Polish, non-Jewish woman who was sent to Auschwitz with her two young children, and her life after the Holocaust in Manhattan, it won the 1980 National Book Award.


Swastikas sprayed near Holocaust museum

By Jennifer Lipman, October 29, 2010

Vandals have sprayed Nazi graffiti on the doorstep of the UK Holocaust Centre.

Police are investigating after two residents of Newark, near Nottingham, reported that swastikas had been daubed on their property just minutes from the site of a museum dedicated to stamping out prejudice.

Fashion photographer Michel Haddi, who has a Jewish girlfriend, told police that he had found the symbol painted on his front door.

Another woman reported that a swastika had been scrawled onto her car bonnet.


Monopoly, Cluedo, Holocaust the board game?

By Jessica Elgot, October 28, 2010

A video-games designer has created a disturbing board game to teach players difficult lessons about complicity in the Holocaust.

Brenda Brathwaite, the creative director of Lolapps in San Francisco, is exhibiting her board game "Train" at US exhibitions and universities.

And now she is planning to demonstrate it in the UK next year.

The game is simple: players put human-shaped yellow figures into train carriages without realising until later that they are sending them to death camps.


William Kaczynski helps us learn more about the Holocaust

By Candice Krieger, October 26, 2010

Pensioner William Kaczynski has dedicated the past 20 years to ensuring that the Holocaust is never forgotten.

Mr Kaczynski, a 74 year-old retired hat maker, is putting together a book featuring postcards, letters, envelopes and exit visas from the War. The book, which includes both dialogue and pictures, is being sponsored by the British Library. Born in Germany, he came to England with his parents in 1936.


Brazilian schools to teach about Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, October 20, 2010

Schoolchildren in one of Brazil’s largest cities are to be given compulsory Holocaust education.

Following a spate of neo-Nazi attacks in the area, the authorities in the southern state capital Porto Alegre are to add the topic to the public school curriculum.

The 96 schools in the city will be the first in Brazil that are legally required to teach about the rise of Nazism. As of next year, some 60,000 pupils will take classes on the subject.


Holocaust on show to Asian students

October 14, 2010

Holocaust teaching abroad has received a major boost with the launch of a ground-breaking course at Yad Vashem in Israel for students from China, Hong Kong and Macau.

The two-week course is being led by Jerry Gotel, the London Jewish Cultural Centre's senior historian.

He has been instrumental in teaching some of them to become Holocaust educators in China and to further their studies in Israel.


UK Holocaust Centre gains official status

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

The UK Holocaust Centre is marking its 15th anniversary, and has been accredited as an official museum by the Museums, Libraries and Archives Council.

Centre director Helen Whitney said she was delighted that the museum had been accredited: "This is exciting and rewarding news for the centre and sets the scene for continued development of our collections and our provision of engaging, challenging, high quality education for young people about the Holocaust and its lessons for today."


Soup walk raises £10k for Holocaust survivors

By Jessica Elgot, October 14, 2010

More than 60 urban hikers took a late night tour of the Jewish East End as part of a "Soup Walk" to raise money for Israeli Holocaust survivors living in poverty.

Meir Panim UK organised the 10km sponsored walk, which set off from Liverpool Street station at 10pm. Walkers raised £10,000 for those in need in Israel.


A museum that will be committed to justice

By Oleksandr Feldman, October 14, 2010

If you make your way beyond the outskirts of Kiev, deep into the forests of the neighbouring village of Radomyshl, you will come across an unmarked clearing amid the lush, green surroundings. But this bare patch of ground, like hundreds of other sites across the Ukrainian landscape, conceals a horrific and generally untold story.