The Holocaust

Army gets lesson on Holocaust

May 2, 2008

Over 150 senior cadets from Greater Manchester Army Cadet Force took part in an educational training day about the Holocaust.

The initiative was the first of its type for a county cadet force, according to Colonel Martin Newman, vice-chairman of the Jewish Committee for HM Forces. It featured sessions conducted by locally-based Holocaust survivor Meyer Hirsch and David Arnold, whose mother had fled the Nazis on a Kindertransport.


Exhibition for Polish hero

May 2, 2008

Newcastle United Hebrew congregation is hosting an exhibition about the life of Janusz Korczak, a Polish doctor who perished in Treblinka. Mr Korczak had been working at a Jewish orphanage in Warsaw when the Nazis invaded Poland. Korczak and his orphanage were moved to the Warsaw Ghetto. Instead of protecting himself, he travelled with the 200 children when they were deported to Treblinka, where they were all killed. The exhibition is being staged at Newcastle UHC until May 11.


Shoah credits

April 25, 2008

The Holocaust Educational Trust, in conjunction with Hull University, is to offer university credits to sixth-formers who complete the four components of its Lessons from Auschwitz project.

Three of the components are an orientation meeting, a one-day Poland visit and a follow-up seminar. The final element is that participants share their experiences with fellow pupils and local communities.

If their work is approved by a university assessor, Hull will award them the equivalent of 10 Credit Accumulation and Transfer (CAT) points.


Emmerdale star's Auschwitz agony

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

A Jewish actress’s discovery of her family’s Holocaust experiences and journey to Auschwitz will be broadcast this Sunday on BBC1.

Georgia Slowe, who plays Perdy Hyde-Sinclair in Emmerdale, visited the camp with 150 sixth-formers as part of the Holocaust Educational Trust’s
Lessons from Auschwitz programme.


Survivor’s horrific tale will be used to ‘rubbish deniers’

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

The story of a Birkenau survivor who also lived through the 1945 sinking of the Cap Arcona ship is being meticulously researched in order to refute the claims of Holocaust-deniers.

Polish-born Sam Pivnik, 81, spent four months in Birkenau before being sent to a coal-mining camp in Poland. He was one of just 350 survivors of the Cap Arcona ship, which sank in 1945 after being mistakenly fired upon by the RAF. Thousands of concentration-camp prisoners who were aboard died.


Race on to save Shoah memories

By Rachel Fletcher, April 18, 2008

A “race against time” has been launched to put all unpublished Holocaust memoirs in an online collection.

The programme, run by the Claims Conference, was announced by historian Professor Saul Friedländer, winner of the 2008 Pulitzer Prize. Elie Wiesel is honorary chairman.

Survivors are scattered throughout 75 countries, and submissions will be accepted in any language.


Shoah 'train' in Berlin

April 18, 2008

A travelling Shoah memorial in the form of a train carrying photos and letters of victims visited Berlin en route to Auschwitz, its final destination. Some 160,000 people have been to see the train.


Young members visit Poland

By Jay Grenby, April 18, 2008

Kingston Synagogue minister Rabbi David Mason led a 20-strong group of younger members and their families on a two-day trip to Poland.

The itinerary included a tour of the Auschwitz/Birkenau death camp site, where the rabbi conducted a memorial service for victims of the Holocaust.

Rabbi Mason — whose wife is Polish-born — said the positive feedback from participants “made me realise the importance of such visits in contributing to the deepening of Jewish identity and the ability to tell the Jewish story”.


Grant is game for holy day

By Simon Griver, April 18, 2008

Avram Grant’s father has defended his son over the clash between Chelsea’s Champions League semi-final second leg coinciding with Holocaust Day.

The Israeli manager looks set to come in for fierce criticism back home as he is expected to be in the dugout for the Stamford Bridge’s club most important match of the season on April 30.

The game will not be televised live in Israel as the date is considered inappropriate to engage in leisure and entertainment activities.


How a diplomat took on the Shoah

By Anne Sebba, April 11, 2008

The Diplomat’s Wife
By Pam Jenoff
Mira, £6.99

Pam Jenoff’s first book, Kommandant’s Girl, had a striking cover of a Nazi in a greatcoat with swastika arm-band, locked in a clinch with a blonde woman in a red coat. Its author recalls: “initially, I had a visceral reaction against the picture, but I realised it provokes discussion about the Holocaust and that’s good. There are a lot of grey areas… it’s hard to judge people who had to live through these events.”