The Holocaust

How Kristallnacht actually saved lives

By Fred Barschak, November 9, 2013

On November 9 1938, a Wednesday, at the age of seven years and eight months, I was standing at my bedroom window looking across the street where, some 25 yards away, the synagogue, the famous Schiffschul, was burning. Unknown to me, so were
22 other synagogues and some 60 shtiebls in Vienna alone.

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Zionist youth movement accused of withholding Holocaust victims' property

By Shira Rubin, November 8, 2013

A company that works on the restitution of Holocaust victims’ assets in Israel has claimed in a Jerusalem lawsuit that the Betar Zionist youth movement withheld more than NIS 10 million (£1.7m) worth of property.

The Hashava Company alleges that Betar illegally held properties in central Israel that were purchased in the 1930s by Polish Jews who eventually perished in the Holocaust.

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Kindertransport play coming to UK train station

By Charlotte Oliver, November 8, 2013

Seventy-five years ago, train stations across the country filled with child refugees arriving from Nazi-occupied Europe, at the start of what became known as the Kindertransport.

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Nazi-looted art revealed in Munich

By Marcus Dysch, November 5, 2013

Dozens of previously unseen artworks were among the hundreds of Nazi-looted pieces discovered in Germany, it has been revealed.

German authorities displayed paintings by Marc Chagall, Henri Matisse and other renowned artists during a press conference in Munich on Tuesday morning.

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eBay issues apology for Nazi memorabilia sold on its site

By Charlotte Oliver, November 4, 2013

Online auction site eBay issued an apology yesterday, after it was revealed that its users were trading Nazi Holocaust memorabilia.

Among the offensive items uncovered by the Mail on Sunday were yellow Star of David armbands, shoes thought to have belonged to concentration camp victims, and an Auschwitz prisoner uniform.

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World ignores Gypsy plight, says refugee from Nazis

By Simon Rocker, October 31, 2013

A refugee from Nazi Germany who is a regular speaker in schools has published a book for children to counter prejudice against Gypsies.

Ruth Barnett, who came here on the Kindertransport from Berlin at the age of four in 1939, draws parallels between the Jewish and Gypsy experience in Jews and Gypsies, Myths and Realities.

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Ballet teacher cleared of racial harassment despite 'deplorable' comment

October 31, 2013

A leading ballet teacher has been cleared of racial harassment, despite a court finding he made a “deplorable and ill-considered” antisemitic remark in the presence of a Jewish student.

Jonathan Barton told a group of pupils at Scotland’s prestigious Ballet West school: “You look like a bunch of Jews lining up waiting to be shot in the rain.”

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When Harold Pinter had his own dramatic pause

By Isabelle Fraser , October 24, 2013

Harold Pinter was known as the master of the dramatic pause, but this was the moment the playwright found himself unable to speak.

It was July 1988, and Pinter, one of British theatre’s most eminent figures, was at the Purcell Room in London, taking part in a reading primarily from Martin Gilbert's work, The Holocaust.

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What Erich Priebke teaches us about evil

By David Aaronovitch, October 24, 2013

The other day, I met a Jew who was upset. Since I work for The Times and his argument was with The Times, he was a little upset with me, though he was as courteous as a Lord Lieutenant at a royal garden party. His issue was this: should we have carried, in our obituaries section, a piece on the life of Erich Priebke, the Gestapo officer, who died last week aged 100? He thought not.

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Hero soldiers honoured by Yad Vashem

By Rosa Doherty, October 24, 2013

Yad Vashem honoured the relatives of five British PoWs this week by naming them Righteous Amongst the Nations in a ceremony at the House of Lords.

Also receiving the awards, presented by Israeli envoy Daniel Taub, were the relatives of a Lithuanian and a Polish citizen.

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