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Escape from Auschwitz: the most extraordinary Holocaust story you’ve never heard

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Escape was lunacy, escape was death. To attempt it was suicide. That much had been taught to Walter Rosenberg early, within a week of his arrival in Auschwitz, aged just 17, at the start of July 1942. One afternoon, h...

Woman who drew up Schindler’s lists during Holocaust dies at 107

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The woman who drew up lists of people for the German industrialist Oskar Schindler that helped save hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust has died aged 107. Mimi Reinhardt, who was employed as Schindler’s secretary, w...

Russian attack on Kharkiv kills Holocaust survivor, 96

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A 96-year-old man who survived a string of Nazi concentration camps including Buchenwald and Bergen-Belsen has been killed by an explosion during the Russian assault on the Ukrainian city of Kharkiv, a spokesperson fo...

Holocaust victim’s opera stored for years in trunk gets premiere at last

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An opera score retrieved from a San Francisco basement has had its world premiere in a German theatre, exuberantly brought to life by more than 150 musicians and performers nearly 80 years after its composer was murde...

Why the Holocaust learning centre is set for the wrong location

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‘The idea of having a memorial to this catastrophe next to the mother of parliaments,” says Dr Martin Stern, “is brilliant.” He speaks of the Holocaust memorial proposed for Victoria Tower Gardens, next to the Palace ...

The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas ‘may fuel dangerous Holocaust fallacies’

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The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas may “perpetuate a number of dangerous inaccuracies and fallacies” when used in teaching young people about the Holocaust, an academic report has said. According to research by the Centre...

Tennessee school board bans Pulitzer prize-winning Holocaust novel, Maus

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A Tennessee school board has banned a Pulitzer prize-winning novel from its classrooms over eight curse words and an illustration of a naked cartoon mouse. The graphic novel, Maus: A Survivor’s Tale by New Yorker Art ...

‘You can never totally overcome it’: harmonica legend Lee Oskar on his family’s Holocaust trauma

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When harmonica legend Lee Oskar was seven years old and about to enter a new school, his mother gave him a stern warning. “‘If anybody asks what school you’re in, say it’s a religious school,’” Oskar recalled. “Never ...

‘It became crystal clear they were lying’: the man who made Germans admit complicity in the Holocaust

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One day in 2018, the prolific documentary producer John Battsek received a call from Diane Weyermann of Participant Media, asking him if he would travel to the East Sussex village of Ditchling to meet a 69-year-old di...

Life sentence for murderer of French Holocaust survivor Mireille Knoll

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A French court has sentenced the killer of an elderly Jewish woman to life imprisonment with no possibility of parole for 22 years, in a case which caused an outcry over antisemitism in France. Yacine Mihoub was convi...

‘Beacon of hope’: Holocaust survivor and peace campaigner Eddie Jaku dies at 101

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The self-declared “happiest man on earth”, Holocaust survivor and peace advocate Eddie Jaku, has died in Sydney aged 101. Jaku was a “beacon of light and hope”, the NSW Jewish Board of Deputies said, a man who would b...

Imperial War Museum Holocaust Galleries review – history’s greatest horror

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How many words, how many pictures, how many objects, does it take to tell the story of both the defining event of the 20th century and that bloody century’s greatest crime? How many square metres would all that fill u...

Getting Away With Murder(s) review – powerful call for Holocaust justice

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Here is an epic documentary investigation from director David Nicholas Wilkinson into something that could be called the great unpunishment: after the second world war, though many chief perpetrators of the Nazi Holoc...

Misha and the Wolves review – Holocaust hoax doc plays like thriller

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“Sometimes a story is so astonishing it’s unbelievable.” So said a Massachusetts radio presenter in the 90s, introducing Misha Defonseca, a local Jewish woman originally from Belgium. As a child in the war, Defonseca ...

Plan A review – astonishing Holocaust survivors’ revenge plot falls flat

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Based on actual events, this film from Israeli brothers Doron and Yoav Paz dramatises an astonishing piece of Holocaust history: a deadly plot by a small group of Jewish survivors to poison the water supply in Nurembe...

Polish appeals court overturns ruling against Holocaust historians

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A Polish appeals court has overturned a ruling against two leading Holocaust historians accused of defamation, in a closely watched case that raised questions about the freedom to research Poland’s second world war pa...

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