Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation

Quaker rescues recorded

    Israeli Holocaust museum Yad Vashem and a British university are to give the first recognition to British Quakers who saved thousands of Jews from the Holocaust. The initative comes after an eight-year campaign by a 79-year-old Jewish refugee.

    Austrian-born Peter Kurer, from Manchester, had been struggling to convince Yad Vashem to recognise the historic rescue. Members of the minority Christian group paid an estimated £350,000 (£17.5m at today's rates) in guarantees to the British government to accept around 6,000 Jews into the UK. Quakers then housed and found jobs for them, including Mr Kurer and eight of his family members evacuated from Vienna in 1938.

    The episode has never been fully documented by historians, but Mr Kurer spent eight years collating survivors' stories into an academic paper supported by five British historians. In a statement, Yad Vashem says the paper will now join 130 millions pages of historical documents in its library, where it will be catalogued and made available to researchers. The campaign has also prompted the Centre for German-Jewish Studies at Sussex University to conduct a study of the rescue effort.

Education news

Hot on Hebrew spelling

Friday, July 14, 2017
Hot on Hebrew spelling
UK News

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson

Lee Harpin and Marcus Dysch

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Livingstone decision shameful, says Tom Watson
World

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message

Daniel Sugarman

Thursday, February 2, 2017

Jewish groups angered at Trump HMD message
UK News

Hundreds of thousands view Holocaust denial talk

Rosa Doherty

Monday, May 22, 2017

Hundreds of thousands view Holocaust denial talk
UK News

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'

Marcus Dysch

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Strictly Orthodox Ukip candidate 'should not run for office'
UK News

Anti-Israel conference faces delay

Lee Harpin

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Anti-Israel conference faces delay
UK News

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag

Ben Weich

Thursday, April 6, 2017

Dublin to fly Palestinian flag
UK News

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees

Rosa Doherty

Wednesday, February 8, 2017

Government drops pledge to aid 3,000 child refugees
Special Reports

Dublin benefits from overseas aid

Barry Toberman

Sunday, January 8, 2017

Dublin benefits from overseas aid