The Holocaust

More than 200 pupils from North East Schools visit Auschwitz to learn of Holocaust atrocities

November 13, 2008

More than 200 pupils from North East Schools visited Auschwitz to learn about the atrocities committed during the Second World War. Leaders on the trip included Henry Ross, a past president of Newcastle United Hebrew Congregation; and Councillor Jackie Slesenger, chair of the Holocaust Memorial Day Group. The trip was organised by the Holocaust Educational Trust.

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How Rwanda and 9/11 moved me to write for Leonard Bernstein

By Lawrence Joffe, October 23, 2008

As monumental musical works go, little can beat Leonard Bernstein's 3rd and last symphony, called Kaddish. On stage are three choirs, a full orchestra, a conductor and a singer. Over five movements the music ranges from hints of Bach's Passion and Mahler's Resurrection to atonal modernity and playful percussive jazz.

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Deech reclaims her family silver

By Anshel Pfeffer, October 10, 2008

Sixteen knives and forks, the only remaining property of a prosperous Jewish family that lived until the Holocaust in a small town in southern Poland, have been returned to Baroness Deech.

A 101-year-old Polish painter, who had received the silver cutlery from Baroness Deech's aunt, contacted her following a report in the JC in June revealing that she plans to sue the Polish government for lost family assets.

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Conviction over hate article in Greek paper

By Solette Eliezer, September 26, 2008

The publisher of a far-right weekly newspaper and one of his columnists have been convicted of violating anti-discrimination laws in a 2006 article.

Dimitris Zafeiropoulos, the publisher of Eleftheros Kosmos, and columnist Theodoros Hadzigogos were convicted on September 18 by a three-member Athens Appeals Court and handed a five-month suspended sentence for violating Greek anti-discrimination legislation.

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Wiesel: Yes, we really did put God on trial

By Jenni Frazer, September 19, 2008

The story that rabbis in Auschwitz once decided to put God on trial - and found him guilty - has frequently been assumed to be apocryphal.

But on Monday night, the Nobel Laureate Elie Wiesel startled his audience at a Holocaust Educational Trust appeal dinner in London when he declared: "I was there when God was put on trial."

This week rabbis and academics raised questions over whether such an event ever actually happened - although many agreed that it had a high degree of plausibility.

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Berlin memorial daubed

August 28, 2008

Berlin's Holocaust memorial was daubed with 11 red and black swastikas over the weekend. The monument, consisting of 2,700 concrete slabs near the Brandenburg Gate, has been vandalised several times since it opened in 2005. This latest incident comes a week after a memorial to gay victims of the Nazis was vandalised in the German capital, close to the Shoah monument.

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Greek hate video taken off YouTube

By Solette Eliezer, August 28, 2008

The YouTube video-hosting website has removed a clip showing a young man urinating on the Holocaust monument in Rhodes.

The Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece had denounced the video, posted last Friday and removed last Tuesday. A separate website claimed the clip was filmed by "a secret group of students from Venetokleio High School of Rhodes [one of the country's most prestigious schools] that does not dig at all the Jews who wish to turn the island into a second Land of Canaan [sic].

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Shoah leaflet refers to gays but not Jews

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2008

The Socialist Workers Party (SWP) has launched a campaign that condemns the Holocaust's slaughter of gays and lesbians, disabled people and trades unionists - but fails to mention the fact that there were Jewish victims.

The party circulated a petition in a "Stop the Nazi BNP" leaflet at the British National Party's annual festival last weekend and encouraged signatories to join the Unite Against Fascism (UAF) campaign.

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British split over push for greater democracy at Claims Conference

By Simon Rocker, August 21, 2008

British representatives to the Claims Conference, the international Holocaust restitution body, are split over whether it should introduce greater democracy.

Paul Edlin, a vice-president of the Board of Deputies and one of its two delegates on the conference board, is among those pressing for change at the New York-based organisation, which distributes hundreds of millions of dollars annually to Holocaust survivors.

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Auschwitz site ‘needs £50m refit’

By Marcus Dysch, August 21, 2008

Almost £50 million is needed to preserve buildings at Auschwitz, according to officials maintaining the site.

Museum director Piotr Cywinski has appealed to EU governments to help fund repair work and create new exhibition centres.

The Polish government contributes around 10 million zloty (£2.5m) each year, with foreign contributors donating around 600,000 zloty (£150,000).

Some former barracks buildings require urgent reinforcement, with funds also needed to convert other structures into educational rooms for visitors.

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