The Holocaust

‘Book-keeper of Auschwitz’ in tears as survivor testifies

By Rosa Doherty, May 13, 2015

A Holocaust survivor’s testimony about the horror of Auschwitz at the trial of former camp guard Oskar Groening reduced the defendant to tears on Tuesday.

Mr Groening, 93, known as the “book-keeper of Auschwitz”, stands accused of being complicit in the deaths of 300,000 camp victims.


VE Day and the Jews: Moment of mingled joy and grief

By Colin Shindler, May 8, 2015

Seventy years ago this week, on May 8 1945, many British Jews said the shehechayanu blessing to give thanks that they had survived to see that day. It was Victory in Europe Day, which marked the defeat of Nazi Germany and the formal end of hostilities in Europe.


Poignancy that spoke louder than any words

By Hon Vice Admiral Lord Sterling, May 8, 2015

When I was strolling through the gardens of the cemetery at Belsen at the huge Hohne Barracks of the British Forces in Germany, the sun was breaking through the heavy, rain-laden clouds, and one could feel the silence and a remarkable sense of peace.


Survivor squalor

May 7, 2015

Whatever our politics, whatever our religious outlook, whatever our income, there is surely one thing on which we can all agree: it cannot be right for Holocaust survivors to live in poverty. Many will be shocked to discover that, according to the Six Point Foundation, there are at least one hundred survivors living below the breadline in squalor. That is a figure that shames our community.


'Euro Jewry needs shift in mindset on security'

By Shirli Sitbon, May 7, 2015

Jewish groups in Europe are realising that they cannot rely solely on the intelligence services, the police or even their own - often threadbare - security organisations for protection.

This was one of the key messages to emerge at the American Jewish Committee's conference on antisemitism, titled "A Defining Moment for Europe", which took place in Brussels on Tuesday.


Anger over shuls' invite to Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

Synagogue members have threatened to boycott an event featuring disgraced fashion designer John Galliano.

He is due to speak on a panel at the session hosted by three central London synagogues later this month.

The event is the first in the Connect series, an educational partnership between the Central, Western Marble Arch and New West End synagogues, sponsored by the Chief Rabbinate.


Shoah survivors living in ‘shocking’ squalor

By Rosa Doherty, May 7, 2015

A large number of Holocaust survivors are living in poverty and squalor, a charity has warned.

The Six Point Foundation has revealed that at least 100 survivors “are struggling on state benefit and living below the breadline”.


A day of remembering in the killing field of Belsen

By Naomi Firsht, May 1, 2015

The drive from the airport was beautiful. Tree-lined country roads took us through quaint villages and gentle countryside — an idyllic scene in the spring sunshine.

There was nothing to hint that nestled away in the picturesque northern German landscape was the site of Bergen-Belsen, one of the most infamous concentration camps. A place where thousands of people died.


Poland's hero memorial plan sparks outrage

By Nissan Tzur, May 1, 2015

A plan to place a monument in memory of Poles who saved Jews during the Holocaust in the middle of the former Jewish ghetto in Warsaw has sparked an angry outcry from survivor groups.

A collection of Shoah survivors' children sent a letter to the panel of judges due to select the designer of the monument, objecting to "the violation of the symbolic ground immortalising murder of the Jewish peop


We can heal with forgiveness

By Eva Kor, April 30, 2015

My name is Eva Kor. I am a survivor of Auschwitz and medical experiments performed by Dr Josef Mengele. If you had told me I would end up getting a kiss from a former Nazi last week, I would never have believed you.