The Holocaust

All Britain must join fight against antisemitism, urges Sajid Javid

By Marcus Dysch, September 8, 2015

Business Secretary Sajid Javid has called on the whole nation to fight extremism and antisemitism.

Speaking at the Holocaust Educational Trust’s annual dinner, Mr Javid said he was repeatedly told about the concern being caused by rising Jew-hatred.


Men claim to have found Nazi train carrying stolen gold

By Jessica Weinstein, August 21, 2015

Two men have claimed to have found an Nazi-era train carrying loot – stolen from Jews - that disappeared without a trace during the Second World War.

The men – one Pole and one German – filed the claim in the south-west Polish town of Walbrzych, where, according to Polish law, treasure finders can keep 10 per cent of the value of their discovery.


Orphans who found heaven in the Lake District after WWII

By Josh Jackman, August 13, 2015

Holocaust survivor Ben Helfgott was 15 when he was liberated from Theresienstadt concentration camp and flown to Britain for a new life.

He had lost his parents and sister and suffered other untold horrors at the hands of the Nazis, but found a home with 300 other refugee children in Windermere in the Lake District.


The last Nazi Hunters: An interview with France’s heroes

By Michael Freedland, August 12, 2015

It seemed not long ago that the shutters were about to come down on what was probably the world's strangest family business. A firm that could have been listed in trade directories as "Nazi hunters". But the doors are still open. In Paris today the Klarsfeld family, mother, father and son, are as active as ever.


Record number of visitors to Auschwitz in 2015

By Nissan Tzur, August 12, 2015

More than one million people have visited Auschwitz so far in 2015, the highest number ever recorded in the first seven months of a year.

The Auschwitz museum has estimated that, by the end of the year, the number of visitors will be above the 1.53 million people who toured the site last year.


The Board of Deputies calls on student volunteers to support Holocaust survivors

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

The Board of Deputies is calling on student volunteers to back its Shoah Survivor Support Project.

The organisation has described the project as a great opportunity for university and secondary school students who would like to support Holocaust survivors who are not engaged with the UK Jewish community.


CrossFit fan does handstand on Holocaust memorial

By Jessica Weinstein, August 11, 2015

A self-styled ‘CrossFit evangelist’ has come under fire for doing a handstand on top of the Berlin Holocaust Memorial.

Dave Driskell has been taking handstand photos around the world to help promote fitness and posted a (now deleted) image on of him doing a handstand on the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in Berlin on Instagram.


‘Nazi’ love novel causes outrage after awards nominations

By Sandy Rashty, August 11, 2015

A novel in which a “blonde and blue-eyed Jewess” converts to Christianity after she falls in love with a Nazi officer in the Theresienstadt concentration camp has sparked outrage after it was shortlisted for two prestigious literary awards.


Britain freed ‘hundreds’ of WW2 Nazis

By Sandy Rashty, July 29, 2015

Britain released “hundreds” of suspected Nazi war criminals after the Holocaust, according to a leading historian.


Remains of 86 Jews used by Nazis for medical experiments found in Strasbourg laboratory

By Jessica Weinstein, July 20, 2015

The remains of 86 Jewish people sent to Nazi gas chambers in 1943 have been found at a forensic medicine institute in Strasbourg in France.

They were found by historian Raphael Toledano and included bodies that were dismembered and burnt and a jar of “skin fragments” from a gas chamber victim.