The Holocaust

Emotional return to Germany for last refugees

By Toby Axelrod, August 5, 2010

When he was a boy, Shlomo Jakobovits used to walk from home to school to synagogue and back. He knew his Berlin neighbourhood like the back of his hand.

So it was an emotional return when he visited the city last month for only the second time since he fled in 1939, taking in the synagogue where his father, Julius, had served as rabbi and the apartment building where they had lived.

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Adult rating fears for Beastie Boy Holocaust film

By Tom Tugend, August 4, 2010

A documentary on the Warsaw Ghetto has been given an adult “R” rating by the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), triggering concern whether historical footage on starvation and death can be shown in high schools for educational purposes.

The film’s distributor, Oscilloscope Laboratories, announced immediately that it will appeal the decision. Beastie Boy Adam Yauch, founder and head of Oscilloscope, said: “MPAA has really gone too far this time. It’s b******t.”

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Refugees' regional day

July 22, 2010

The annual regional get-together of the Association of Jewish Refugees attracted members from throughout Scotland, as well as Newcastle.

The day's activities at Edinburgh Hebrew Congregation included guest speaker Paula Cowan of the Holocaust Memorial Day Trust, who gave a presentation on "The Changing Face of Holocaust Education".

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New British envoy to Israel challenged

By Jonathan Kalmus, July 22, 2010

The man soon to be Britain's first Jewish ambassador to Israel was given a warm reception on Wednesday when he met the Manchester community.

Matthew Gould spoke at King David High School as part of a UK tour before leaving for Tel Aviv in eight weeks' time.

But it was not an easy ride for the Foreign Office high-flyer.

Almost as soon as he finished his hour-long address, he was challenged for not having spoken about the EU's attitude to Israel.

Another member of the audience questioned the viability of a two-state solution for Israel, a firm British government position.

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Holocaust educators honoured

By Marcus Dysch, July 22, 2010

The work of three family members who set up Britain's first Holocaust memorial centre has been recognised with a rare triple award.

Marina Smith and her sons James and Stephen received honorary doctorates from Nottingham Trent University this week.

The trio founded the Holocaust Centre, in Laxton, Leicestershire, in 1995, and have since welcomed thousands of visitors to learn about the Shoah.

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A Holocaust survivor hierarchy? How absurd

By Monica Porter, July 22, 2010

After all that I have read, researched and written about the Holocaust over the past four decades, I considered myself fairly au fait with the subject. I have known a number of survivors, as well as rescuers - starting with my own mother, the Hungarian singer Vali Racz, a Righteous Among the Nations. But I guess there is always something new to learn, and recently I was able to add to my general knowledge of the Holocaust a little-known - and somewhat disturbing - aspect of it.

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Payout for painting looted by Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2010

An Austrian museum has agreed to pay more than £12 million for a painting stolen from its Jewish owner by the Nazis.

The dispute over the expressionist painting by Egon Schiele was due to go to trial later in July, but has now been settled outside of court.

The family of its Viennese owner, Lea Bondi Jaray, described the large payout as proportional to the artwork's true value.

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'Obscene' Wiesel play to open in New York

By Jennifer Lipman, July 20, 2010

A play on the Madoff financial scandal that Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel branded "obscene" and "defamatory" is set to open in New York.

The renowned human rights campaigner had threatened legal action over the play, which depicted a fictional conversation between disgraced financier Bernie Madoff and Mr Wiesel.

But despite opposition from the Holocaust survivor, Imagining Madoff will go ahead, although in a small Hudson theatre rather than in its original Washington location.

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Grave of Warsaw Ghetto heroine vandalised

By Jennifer Lipman, July 19, 2010

The grave of a woman who saved thousands of Jewish children in the Warsaw Ghetto has been desecrated, according to Polish authorities.

The words “Jews out” were sprayed onto the Warsaw gravestone of Irena Sendler, a woman honoured by Holocaust museum Yad Vashem as one of the Righteous Among the Nations.

Police have launched an investigation after the graffiti was discovered in the Warsaw cemetery.

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I was 17 and surviving in the wild, but I'd fled humanity at its worst

By Naftali Schiff, July 15, 2010

It was not just any trip to Poland's concentration camps. One of the most powerful visits ever made to Treblinka, Sobibor and Auschwitz took place last week, in the run-up to Tisha b'Av.

The visit brought together three survivors: 86-year-old Eddie Weinstein, the only able-bodied survivor to have escaped the Treblinka death camp still alive today; Thomas (Toivi) Blatt, 83, the only survivor of Sobibor able to give first-hand testimony today; and Eva Neuman, 82, from Manchester.

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