The Holocaust

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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Family of Arab awarded Righteous Among the Nations rejects honour

By Isabelle Fraser, October 21, 2013

The family of the first Arab to be named Righteous Among the Nations has declined to take up the honour.

The award was bestowed posthumously on Dr Mohamed Helmy, an Egyptian-German doctor, by Yad Vashem for his role in saving a Jewish family in Germany during the Holocaust.

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Holocaust writer Grabowski faces Polish fury

By Nissan Tzur, October 18, 2013

He has suffered death threats and is boycotted by the Polish community in Canada, where he lives today. Even in his homeland he is not always welcome, but Polish historian Jan Grabowski, 50, does not give up. He is determined to continue his struggle to expose the truth.

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Survivor musician film shortlisted for Oscar

By Barry Toberman, October 17, 2013

A film about a London-based 109-year-old Holocaust survivor has reached the final eight in the Oscar selection process for the documentary short category.

The Lady in Number Six: Music Saved My Life tells the story of Prague-born musician and teacher Alice Herz-Sommer, who was sent to Theresienstadt.

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Woman visits Italian concentration camp where she was born

By Julie Carbonara, October 11, 2013

Last week, Judith Itzhak, a 72-year-old physiotherapist from Tel Aviv, went back to the Ferramonti concentration camp in southern Italy, which she entered as a new-born in 1940.

Ms Itzhak had been invited to make the visit by Rabbi Barbara Aiello of the Serrastretta Synagogue in Calabria, who has made it her mission to explore the Jewish presence in the region.

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Major Shoah project on its way to Vienna

By Toby Axelrod, October 10, 2013

An American Jewish artist is returning to the city of her forefathers to launch a six-month project meant to remind Austrians that “memory is a part of national identity”.

Brandeis University academic Karen Frostig will launch “The Vienna Project” on October 23, three days before the holiday marking the establishment of post-war Austria.

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The wives working for Hitler during the Holocaust

By Simon Round, October 10, 2013

German housewife Erna Petri was on her way home from a shopping trip near her wartime house in the Ukraine when she saw six naked boys hiding by the side of the road. As the wife of an SS officer, she realised that they were Jewish escapees. She took them into her home and fed them.

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The difficulty of dramatising the gas chambers

By John Nathan, October 7, 2013

Religion and Anarchy
Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1

Hysteria
Hampstead Theatre, London NW3

I have never been one of those who think the Holocaust should not be depicted on stage or film. Whether the primary purpose of a play or movie is to inform, warn against the depraved depths to which people and their dogmas sink, or even to entertain, the Shoah is a legitimate theme.

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