The Holocaust

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.


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.


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.


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.


The difficulty of dramatising the gas chambers

By John Nathan, October 7, 2013

Religion and Anarchy
Jermyn Street Theatre, London SW1

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.


Envoy joins shul's Shoah event

October 7, 2013

The Western Marble Arch Synagogue joined the Lithuanian authorities for an event marking the 70th anniversary of the liquidation of Vilnius Ghetto. Lithuanian ambassador Asta Skaisgiryte Liauškiene spoke of her government’s Shoah educational work.


MPs from around the world and Holocaust survivors to attend memorial event at Auschwitz

By Charlotte Oliver, October 3, 2013

Over 200 members of parliaments from around the world will meet hundreds of Shoah survivors in Auschwitz next year to discuss combating antisemitism and to honour Holocaust survivors.

The gathering will take place on International Holocaust Remembrance Day, January 27 2014, and will also mark the 69th anniversary of Auschwitz’s liberation.


Arab doctor is Righteous Among the Nations

By Rosa Doherty, October 1, 2013

Yad Vashem has recognised an Egyptian doctor as Righteous Among the Nations.

The late Mohamed Helmy, who helped save a Jewish family at the height of the Holocaust, is the first Egyptian to receive the accolade.

Dr Helmy died in 1982 and Yad Vashem is searching for his next of kin so that they can be presented with the certificate and medal of the Righteous.


Prime Minister David Cameron speaks at the Holocaust Educational Trust dinner

September 30, 2013

David Cameron believes Britain “had to take a stand” following the chemical weapon attacks in Syria and thinks that the Holocaust provides a chilling lesson of what can happen when outrages are not tackled.


Let history still bear witness to the Holocaust

By Karen Pollock, September 18, 2013

In the Warsaw Ghetto in August 1942, 19-year-old David Graber, knowing he might die in the next few hours, buried a note with the words: “I would love to see the moment in which the great treasure will be dug up and scream the truth at the world...