The Holocaust

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.


Britain failed to prosecute ‘book-keeper of Auschwitz’ Oskar Gröning in 1947, researchers reveal

By Sandy Rashty, July 17, 2015

Oskar Gröning, the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” who was jailed this week, escaped prosecution in Britain in 1947, it has been revealed.

Gröning, now aged 94, was sentenced to four years imprisonment for his role in the murder of 300,000 Jews during the Holocaust.


'Book-keeper of Auschwitz' jailed for role in 300,000 deaths

By Charlotte Oliver, July 15, 2015

A former SS guard known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz” has been sentenced to four years in prison for aiding the murder of at least 300,000 Jews.

Oscar Groening, now aged 94, was sentenced in court in the north German city of Lueneburg.

He had stood trial in front of Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives over the past four months.


Art dealer's 'ambulance chasers' Holocaust restitution jibe criticised

By Sandy Rashty, July 15, 2015

A leading art dealer has been criticised for comparing the restitution of art looted by the Nazis during the Holocaust to “ambulance chasing”.

Julian Agnew, former chairman of the Society of London Art Dealers, said the campaign was comparable to lawyers who encourage victims to take litigious action.


‘Israel uses the Holocaust to justify murdering Palestinians’, Gerald Kaufman tells Parliament

By Sandy Rashty, July 9, 2015

A veteran Labour MP has claimed that Israel uses the Holocaust to “justify” killing Palestinians.

Gerald Kaufman, the father of the House of Commons, made the claim in Parliament on Wednesday.

Sir Gerald, Manchester Gorton MP, said: “The Israelis use the Holocaust, they use the murder of six million Jews to justify their murder of thousands upon thousands of Palestinians.”


BBC's Nick Robinson warns Holocaust could happen again

By Naomi Firsht, July 7, 2015

BBC political editor Nick Robinson has urged young people to raise the subject of the Holocaust as much as possible in day to day conversation and on social media, “to make people remember”.


The queen visiting Belsen was a significant gesture

By Chief Rabbi Ephraim Mirvis, July 2, 2015

For us as proud British Jews, the visit of the Queen and Prince Philip to Bergen-Belsen was deeply significant.


Holocaust hero Sir Nicholas Winton dies aged 106

By Charlotte Oliver, July 1, 2015

Sir Nicholas Winton, the British hero who saved hundreds of children from Nazi persecution during the Second World War, has died at the age of 106.

Commonly known as the “British Schindler”, Sir Nicholas was responsible for rescuing 669 Czech-Jewish children before they were sent to concentration camps.


World Jewish population reaches pre-Holocaust level at 16.5 million, report says

By Sandy Rashty, June 29, 2015

The number of Jewish people in the world is almost the same as it was before the Holocaust, according to Israeli think-tank, the Jewish People Policy Institute.

Before the Holocaust – in which six million Jews were murdered by the Nazis – there were 16.5 million Jews in the world.


Queen lays wreath at Bergen-Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Queen has laid a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in commemoration of the 50,000 Holocaust victims who died there.

The visit – her first to a former Nazi concentration camp - was the climax of the four-day royal trip to Germany.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she laid the wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who perished at Belsen.