Rosa Doherty



My struggle with March of the living

By Rosa Doherty, April 17, 2015

“Arbeit macht frei” - work makes you free – the taunting words that mark the entrance to one of the most notorious Nazi concentration camps where 1.1 million prisoners were tortured and killed.

Only today, some of the victims to the regimes that ruled here stood under the sign in the sunshine, survivors who were now free.

It was impossible not to be chilled by that image.

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Auschwitz and Birkenau - context for a march that honours the dead and marvels in the living

By Rosa Doherty, April 16, 2015

Day two of my journey with the UK delegation involved a visit to both Auschwitz and Birkenau.

On Thursday 11,000 people from all over the world march the three kilometres between the two camps, designed to contrast with the death marches which took place towards the end of the war.

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Meet the Leonard Cohen clone from south London

By Rosa Doherty, April 16, 2015

The hangdog look, the sombre clothing, the air of gloom — all are very familiar. Leonard Cohen is, after all, a rock legend, venerated by followers all over the world.

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Krakow for Holocaust Remembrance Day: my journey

By Rosa Doherty, April 15, 2015

In Krakow, Poland the sun was shining, the wind blew pleasantly and a large group of Charedim pushed passed me as I disembarked the plane, ready for what one organiser had already promised was going to be ‘a deeply personal journey that would change my life’.

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‘Jew-baiter’ and former SS member Gunter Grass dies

By Rosa Doherty, April 13, 2015

German author Günter Grass, who wrote a poem attacking the Jewish state and praising Israeli nuclear whistleblower Mordechai Vanunu, has died aged 87.

The Nobel Prize-winning writer, who was a member of the Nazi Waffen SS during the Holocaust, described Vanunu in a poem as a “paragon” who “helped to bring the truth” to the rest of the world.

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Strictly Orthodox man aids children trapped as miniature trains crashes

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

A miniature train ride overturned leaving children 'trapped' under a railway carriage in a park in Watford.

According to the BBC News website the crash happened at Cassiobury Park on Tuesday afternoon after a miniature train ride derailed, according to eyewitnesses.

Among the passengers were strictly Orthodox families enjoying a Pesach outing.

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New hope in battle to save services

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

A campaigner has given a cautious welcome to a local council’s pledge to preserve threatened services for disabled adults.

Anita Woolf began her battle three years ago after Flightways, the Barnet Centre for Independent Living, was slated for demolition in the regeneration of the Grahame Park estate in north London.

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Tears as camp liberation anniversary approaches

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

April 15 is always an emotional day for Gena Turgel, but this year it will be more heartfelt than ever,
The date marks the liberation by British troops of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, in 1945.

As an inmate in the camp, Mrs Turgel remembers the day well, and recalling events in the run-up to next week’s 70th anniversary, she found it hard to hold back the tears.

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Landmark store to close

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

It survived the Depression, the recession and the three-day week. It survived the worst of the Blitz.

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The Holocaust survivor who's on the political front line

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

A group of anti-Ukip protesters hit the headlines last month when Nigel Farage labelled them “scum” after they forced him to flee his local pub.

The Ukip leader was angry that he the incident had taken place while he was out eating Sunday lunch with his family.

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Celebrities to mark 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death

By Rosa Doherty, April 8, 2015

Eddie Izzard, Naomie Harris, and David Miliband, are among the celebrities and public figures who will take part in a remembrance ceremony to mark the 70th anniversary of Anne Frank’s death next week.

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Couple raises one child Jewish, one Catholic

By Rosa Doherty, April 7, 2015

A mixed-faith couple who raised one child Catholic and one Jewish said they did so to keep both faiths in the family.

The Greenbergs of Pennsylvania raised their daughter, Katie, as a Catholic, and gave their son, Steven, a Jewish upbringing.

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First glimpse of Amy Winehouse film shows unseen footage of singer

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

A teaser trailer for the new Amy Winehouse documentary shows previously unseen footage of the singer ahead of its release date in the summer.

Directed by BAFTA award-winning Senna director Asif Kapadia, the film Amy is due to be released in UK cinemas on 3 July.

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Technion students get ready for Passover

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015
Technion students get ready for Passover, the festival of freedom, and let their imagination run wild. Watch closely as this Rube Goldberg Machine created by students from the Faculties of Mechanical Engineering and Architecture and Town Planning relates highlights of the Passover story.

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You don't to have be elderly - singles are vulnerable too

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

Despite a fulfilling career and a circle of friends, 56-year-old Deborah admits to feelings of loneliness.

The south Londoner, who requested that her real name not be used, says that people of her age group are often overlooked by the community.

She said: "I'm a qualified therapist who, after getting divorced and with no family of my own, suddenly found myself in a similar situation to other

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‘We want to give parents the choice’

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

When two mothers met in the playground two years ago, neither expected that their schoolyard chatter would lead to them launching their own school.

But as parents of children with special educational needs (SEN), Ali Durban and Sarah Sultman found common ground discussing lack of choice in the community for children like theirs. Gesher school was soon born.

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Rabbi reveals how he helped Galliano

By Rosa Doherty, April 2, 2015

A UK-based rabbi has revealed how he helped fashion designer John Galliano try to repair his relationship with the Jewish community.

Rabbi Barry Marcus, of the Central Synagogue in London, praised Galliano’s attempts at rehabilitation after a drunken antisemitic rant in a Paris bar in 2011.

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Planning is the key to beating loneliness

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2015

Social isolation is a growing problem in the community but it can be prevented.

According to Jewish Care, there are twice the number of Jewish people aged 60 and over compared to the general population, and one in three adults across the age spectrum lives alone.

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Pesach proves 'justice and human dignity will prevail', says Ed Miliband

By Rosa Doherty, April 1, 2015

Ed Miliband has said he is inspired by the Jewish community and is proud to be a part of it in his Pesach message.

In a letter to British Jews the Labour leader said: “I want to send my warmest good wishes to the entire British Jewish community.

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