The Holocaust

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.


Hall of Infamy: Amado Boudou

October 12, 2010

"You are like those who helped cleaning gas chambers during Nazism."


Lake District recalls child Holocaust survivors

October 7, 2010

An exhibition in Windermere about child survivors of the Holocaust, due to close at the end of the month, is, by popular demand, to continue.

The exhibition, "From Auschwitz to Ambleside", housed in Windermere Library, is attracting so much interest from visitors that it is proving to be an important local, national and international event. It will now continue indefinitely.


Holocaust education trip for Chinese teachers

By Jennifer Lipman, October 5, 2010

A group of Chinese teachers have begun a tour of Israel as part of a new Holocaust education programme.

The 20 teachers, from Hong Kong, Macau and mainland China, are participating in a seminar to encourage in-depth study of the Holocaust and examine ways in which the subject can be taught.

During the two-week trip they will visit Israel’s Yad Vashem museum and meet historians and Holocaust survivors, as well as tour sites in Jerusalem and Tel Aviv.


On this day: the Babi Yar massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, September 29, 2010

At an event to mark the 65th anniversary of the massacre, a speaker said that at Babi Yar the seeds of the Holocaust were sown.

The German army entered Kiev on September 19. At the time, the Jewish population of the city numbered 160,000; by the time the Germans invaded many had already fled.


Coalition cuts won't hit Scottish Holocaust scheme

By Stephanie Brickman, September 29, 2010

The Scottish government has confirmed that funding for sixth-formers to visit Auschwitz under the aegis of the Holocaust Educational Trust will survive any budgetary cutbacks.

MSPs have applauded the guarantee in a motion tabled by West of Scotland Conservative Jackson Carlaw.

"I know having talked to many pupils who have been to Auschwitz that it's a profoundly significant moment," Mr Carlaw said.

"It's having a very beneficial effect of a wider understanding among young people of just what racism can lead to in its worst form."


Director's Holocaust revenge film celebrated

September 29, 2010

A British Jewish film director has been honoured at the Boston Film Festival with its Visionary Filmmaker Award, presented last weekend.

Joshua Newton's film, Iron Cross, was the last film made by Jaws actor Roy Scheider - he died towards the end of filming.

Mr Newton, whose first full-length feature this is, directed, wrote and produced the thriller, in which Scheider stars as Joseph, a retired New York police officer and Holocaust survivor, who travels to Nuremberg following the death of his wife to reconcile with his son Ronnie (Scott Cohen).