The Holocaust

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].


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.


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.


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.


Non-Jews moved by Auschwitz

By Jessica Ware, August 7, 2008

Over 40 police officers, ambulance and hospital personnel were taken to Auschwitz and Krakow last week on the second educational visit organised by Hatzolah, the volunteer emergency medical service assisting the Stamford Hill community.

Their itinerary took in the death camp site, the Jewish quarter in Krakow and the Galicia Jewish Museum.

"As always, people who go there have an interest in the topic but ultimately, seeing is believing," said Hatzolah's Chuni Kahan. "Everybody was visibly moved."


Guided tour of Syon House for Holocaust survivors

August 1, 2008

A day at Syon House was organised as a thank-you to 30 Holocaust survivors and volunteer drivers who work regularly with the London Jewish Cultural Centre's Holocaust and anti-racism education department, visiting schools throughout Britain. They enjoyed a guided tour, lunch in the refectory and the opportunity to explore the grounds. One of the survivors, Steven Frank, said that "giving our talks has been well worthwhile. The responses from students are so moving that I feel there is real hope for the future."


Holocaust humour can be funny

By Josh Howie, July 31, 2008

Should we worry about a spate of Shoah jokes on television? Depends on their context


Humour and the Holocaust. That's a dissertation title right there. During the last couple of weeks, we have seen on our screens a few more examples of the merging of the two, a combination which many people would argue should not even exist. I'm not one of them but we'll get to that in a sec.


Viewers enraged by comic’s Shoah sketch

By Dana Gloger, July 31, 2008

Media watchdog Ofcom is investigating Channel 4's The Kevin Bishop Show after receiving dozens of complaints about a Holocaust-themed sketch.

The two-minute skit, aired last Friday evening, was a spoof musical version of the scene in the film Sophie's Choice in which the heroine is forced to choose which of her two children to keep with her at Auschwitz.


Salonika rejects plan to honour lost 55,000

By Solette Eliezer, July 31, 2008

The municipality of the Greek city of Salonika has rejected a proposal to honour victims of the Nazi occupation.

It has rejected a bill tabled on July 17 which would have included Salonika among more than 50 Greek towns known as "martyred cities" whose citizens suffered in the war.

They argued that the 55,000 Salonika Jews who perished during the Holocaust were exterminated in Polish death camps and not on Greek soil.


Priest sorry for Shoah reference

July 24, 2008
A Catholic priest has apologised to the Jewish community over the interpretation of an article he wrote about the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill.

Writing in a parish magazine in Norfolk, Chet News, Father Mark Hackeson said that since abortion had been legalised in the UK, more than six million lives had been destroyed - "on a par with the Jewish Holocaust".