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  • Citing Dangers to Free Speech, Britain to Reject Holocaust Law

    The British government has rejected plans to make Holocaust denial a criminal offense, the country’s home office minister told Parliament last week. Mike O’Brien said such legislation, which had been supported by Prime Minister Tony Blair, could not easily “strike a balance between outlawing such offensive statements while ensuring that freedom of speech is not… More ▸

  • Alleged Nazi War Criminal Lives off Pension in Britain

    A man who allegedly killed inmates at the Mauthausen concentration camp is being targeted for investigation. A probe into Alexander Schweidler is being urged by a disbanded parliamentary group that lobbied for the prosecution of suspected Nazi war criminals in Britain. Slovakian-born Schweidler, now 78 and living in the English town of Milton Keynes, is… More ▸

  • Trial Pitting Holocaust Revisionist Against Jewish Scholar Opens in London

    A British defense attorney gave a taste of the drama to come in the libel trial brought by a Holocaust revisionist against a Holocaust scholar when, during his opening statement this week, he addressed the plaintiff. “To put it bluntly,” Richard Rampton, who is defending Holocaust scholar Deborah Lipstadt against David Irving, told the judge… More ▸

  • Latvian War Crimes Suspect to Leave Britain, Return to Australia

    A Latvian war crimes suspect allegedly involved in the deaths of up to 30,000 Jews during World War II is expected to leave Britain voluntarily after the British government announced that he would be deported. Konrad Kalejs, who has previously been deported from the United States and Canada, is likely to head for Australia, where… More ▸

  • Ex-chief Rabbi of Britain, Thatcher Confidant, Dies at 78

    Britain’s former chief rabbi has died suddenly of a brain hemorrhage at 78. Lord Jakobovits, who died Sunday, was the leader of Britain’s Jewish community from 1967 until 1991. His successor, Rabbi Jonathan Sacks, called him “the outstanding rabbinic figure of his generation.” Jakobovits was born in Germany in 1921. His family fled to England… More ▸

  • Neo-nazi Fugitive from Germany Surfaces in Britain Four Years Later

    A neo-Nazi activist who fled Germany in 1995 after being sentenced to 14 months in prison for inciting racial hatred has been found hiding in Britain. Germar Rudolf faces two additional Holocaust denial charges in Germany, and the chairman of the London-based Holocaust Educational Trust, Lord Janner, urged the German authorities to seek his extradition… More ▸

  • U.s., Britain Push for Iraq Inspections, Say Saddam is Rebuilding Missile Sites

    Concern that Iraq is rebuilding missile factories that were destroyed in U.S.-led bombing raids is prompting a fresh Anglo-American diplomatic drive at the United Nations for a resumption of weapons inspections. The new urgency is in part being fed by a secret White House report to Congress that expressed concern about “Iraq’s long-established covert procurement… More ▸

  • Britain Probes Allegations It Helped Nazi Scientists Get Jobs in Australia

    Britain has launched an “urgent investigation” into allegations it helped more than 100 German scientists secure military research jobs in Australia after World War II. The allegations, which surfaced in recently declassified Australian government files, suggest that Britain and the United States handpicked the scientists to prevent the Soviet Union from recruiting them. Of the… More ▸

  • Children of Holocaust Victim Claim London Gallery Painting Was Father’s

    The Tate Gallery here is facing a claim for a $300,000 painting made by the children of a Jewish banker shot to death by the Nazis in 1937. Two brothers and their sister who fled to England from Dusseldorf, Germany, soon after their father’s death say that “View of Hampton Court Palace,” by Dutch master… More ▸

  • Britain Approves Return of Assets from Holocaust Victims During War

    A British government panel has approved the claims of a first group of Holocaust survivors whose assets were seized by Britain during World War II. The 10 claims, said to be worth a total of $200,000, were announced during the first meeting of the panel. It was set up after the British government announced last… More ▸