The Holocaust

Our lives as ‘bloody foreigners’ — the Kindertransport children 75 years on

By Charlotte Oliver, December 23, 2013

In 1938, 10,000 Jewish children were taken from Nazi Germany, Austria, Czechoslovakia and Poland, and delivered into British care in a mission organised by World Jewish Relief (then the Central Fund for British Jewry), that became known as the Kindertransport.

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My cure for Holocaust fatigue

By Miriam Shaviv, December 13, 2013

About 10 years ago ago, I felt myself getting Holocaust fatigue.

Not that – God forbid – I stopped caring about the terrible atrocities or the national tragedy. Rather, I had reached saturation point. I had been surrounded by Holocaust stories and history for so long, I did not feel the need to know any more.

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What do badgers have to do with Kristallnacht? Ask this farmer

By Rosa Doherty, December 12, 2013

The government’s cull of badgers is an emotive issue that has divided opinion across the English countryside.

So emotive in fact that protagonists on either side of the cull divide seem unable to resist making comparisons with the Holocaust.

First it was rock guitarist Brian May, who provoked Jewish anger earlier this year when he referred to the cull as a “genocide”.

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Vatican’s Hebrew documents to go online

By Simon Rocker, December 6, 2013

Some of the Vatican’s most prized medieval Hebrew manuscripts are to go online in a joint partnership with Oxford’s Bodleian Library.

Works of Kabbalah, biblical commentary and Jewish law dating from as early as the ninth century will be among the items made accessible to scholars through the joint digitisation venture.

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Anniversary party for Kindertransport law

December 2, 2013

Speaker John Bercow reflected on his family’s migration to Britain at a Westminster event for former child refugees who came here on the Kindertransport.

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Survivor thanks World Jewish Relief

By Charlotte Oliver, December 2, 2013

A Holocaust survivor this week expressed his gratitude to World Jewish Relief for helping him to start a new life in the UK.

Addressing WJR’s 80th anniversary dinner at London’s Guildhall, Harry Spiro — who was 15 when freed from Theresienstadt in 1945 — came here with the help of the charity, when it was known as the Central British Fund.

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Tragedy in Riga: the Shoah story nobody told

By Vanessa Curtis, November 17, 2013

In June 2012 I took a trip to Riga, capital city of Latvia, intending to research for my forthcoming young adult novel.

There is much for the tourist to admire in Riga today, not least the Daugava River with its humped, serpent-like bridge and the giant Zeppelin hangars which house the Riga Central Market, buzzing with life and heaped with vast piles of fruit, fish, cheese and meat.

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Germany must seek out owners of looted art

By Oliver Kamm, November 15, 2013

To the devoutly irreligious like me, the word “miracle” does not come easily. Yet two developments since 1945 might reasonably be described that way.

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Ebay Shoah seller may face police probe

By Charlotte Oliver, November 14, 2013

An eBay user who tried to auction an Auschwitz prisoner’s uniform online for more than £11,000 has made a public apology to the man’s family — and has offered to return the clothing to them.

Viktor Kempf, a Ukrainian living in Canada, was selling the full concentration camp uniform, which he claimed belonged to Wolf-Gierszon Grundmann, on the online retail site last week.

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Douglas Alexander attacks critics who compare Israel to Nazis

By Marcus Dysch, November 14, 2013

Shadow Foreign Secretary Douglas Alexander has attacked critics who compare Israel’s actions to those of the Nazis.

Following a tour of Auschwitz, the Labour frontbencher said people who liken Israel’s treatment of Palestinians to the suffering of Jews in concentration camps are “as offensive as they are ignorant”.

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