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 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 1, 2018

Who killed a Polish Holocaust hero? His family may be close to finding out.

(JTA)-Josef Kopf survived Sobibor by killing a guard and staging the first successful escape from that death camp in Poland, where the Nazis murdered 250,000 Jews. But Kopf, whose unlikely escape in...

 

In European Jewry's biggest song contest, Israel is always a winner

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Each spring, the televised Eurovision song contest captivates the continent in ways that outsiders can never hope to understand. A sort of Olympics for patriotic power pop, Eurovision might attract the interest of, say, Jews...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 11, 2018

Will Europe's Jews stop wearing kippahs? Most already have.

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-The debate about wearing a kippah in Western Europe returned only a decade or so ago, but it has nonetheless come to follow a rigid pattern even in that short period of time. The...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 4, 2018

'Three Billboards'-style campaign against anti-Semitism in Labour Party fails to sway Brits

LONDON (JTA)-Keith Walker was having a sandwich in Parliament Square when he saw something that made him sit up straight and cut short his lunch.  What did the 42-year-old activist for disabled...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 4, 2018

In Krakow, Jews celebrate their community's 'revival' amid rising xenophobia

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)-At one of Poland's plushest synagogues, leaders of this city's small but vibrant Jewish community welcomed visitors from around the world to a celebration of what the hosts call...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 27, 2018

Anne Frank House employee waited 6 months to find out if he could wear a kippah

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—When Barry Vingerling asked his employers at the Anne Frank House whether it was okay for him to start coming to work wearing a kippah, he did it mostly as a courtesy. “I hadn’t expected this to be an issue,” Vingerling, 25,...

 

The music of Holocaust victims returns to the Dutch concentration camp where they suffered

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA)-On a foggy Sunday, cheerful cabaret music pierces the silence that hangs over this former concentration camp, one of the largest facilities of its kind in Nazi-occupied...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 13, 2018

Iceland welcomes its first rabbi while considering a ban on circumcision

REYKJAVIK, Iceland  (JTA)-At a windswept harbor of this Nordic capital, a bearded man wearing a black hat dips eating utensils into the icy water while hissing from pain induced by the bitter cold. P...

 

How matzah became a household item for non-Jews in the Netherlands

ENSCHEDE, Netherlands (JTA)-For most matzah bakeries, Passover is their lifeline and only claim to financial viability. After the weeklong holiday, during which Jews are commanded to consume matzah...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 16, 2018

Austria hosted Europe's largest conference on anti-Semitism

VIENNA (JTA)-Until December, Milli Segal's main challenge as a producer of Jewish-themed events in Austria was balancing her duties at work with her hands-on approach to being a Jewish grandmother of...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    March 9, 2018

Poland's prime minister said some Jews collaborated with Nazis-Say what?

(JTA)-The row between Poland and Israel about the Holocaust reached new heights this week after Poland's prime minister said that the genocide had not only Polish, Ukrainian and German perpetrators,...

 

L'Oréal's boundary-breaking Muslim model steps aside

(JTA)-L'Oréal made history last week when it became the first major cosmetics firm to feature a Muslim woman wearing a head covering in a mainstream international ad campaign for hair products. The s...

 

Everyone loved this French-Muslim singer's Leonard Cohen cover-Then they read her Facebook posts

(JTA)-In a deeply divided nation that is still reeling from a toxic presidential election last spring, as well as jihadist and racist attacks, Mennel Ibtissem's performances offered a rare vision of...

 

Poland isn't the only country trying to police what can be said about the Holocaust

(JTA)-In 2015, Ukraine's president signed a law whose critics say stifles debate on the historical record of World War II and whitewashes local perpetrators of the Holocaust. Law 2538-1 criminalized...

 

In Austrian jail, Holocaust historian indicts the country for how it handles looted Jewish property

VIENNA (JTA)-If Stephan Templ's trial and imprisonment in Austria were meant to silence his criticism of the country's Holocaust restitution system, then his prosecution was clearly a failure. Templ...

 

How this 31-year-old Londoner became Poland's best-known (and most controversial) Jew

MIEDZYRZEC PODLASKI, Poland (JTA)-In a snowy woods near the border with Belarus, Jonny Daniels pulls muddy fishing waders over the pants of his tailored business suit and grabs a shovel from the...

 

France's foremost female rabbi faces flak over Jerusalem stance

PARIS (JTA)—When Delphine Horvilleur, France’s best-known female rabbi, began appearing regularly in the media, her friends and relatives feared it would expose her to threats or attacks by anti-Semites. Several years later it appears they were o...

 

This Jewish woman is creating the world's first vagina museum

BIRMINGHAM, England (JTA)-Nine months after announcing that she is creating the world's first vagina museum, Florence Schechter is confident that she has heard every joke on the subject. Schechter, a...

 

Why Dutch Jews are up in arms over the handling of a kosher restaurant attack

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Two weeks ago, a 29-year-old man waving a Palestinian flag smashed the windows of a kosher restaurant with a wooden club, stealing an Israeli flag there. Police arrested the suspect...

 

Why kosher butchers in Western Europe are preparing to close

PARIS (JTA)-When Jerry Levy's family opened one of the first gourmet kosher meat shops in France, they had some of the country's best-laid business plans. Hailing from a long line of Jewish butchers...

 

Europe's only Jewish hospice gives Holocaust survivors a dignified farewell

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Henny Goudeketting, a 95-year-old Holocaust survivor, is ailing and preparing to leave the world. Goudeketting, who was sterilized in Nazi medical experiments at Auschwitz, has...

 

Hungary says it keeps Jews safe by keeping out Muslim immigrants

BUDAPEST (JTA)-At a conference about anti-Semitism in Europe, senior Hungarian officials said the absence of violence against Jews in their country owed to its refusal to admit Muslim immigrants. The...

 

60,000 joined a Polish nationalist march-should Jews be worried?

(JTA)-The sight of far-right activists waving racist banners and shouting anti-Semitic slogans during a nationalist march in the capital of Poland over the weekend shocked many around the world. It...

 

What was the Jewish role in 1917 Russian Revolution? Moscow museum gives a full picture

(JTA)-Of all the many loaded issues tied to the bloody history of Jews in the former Soviet Union, none is as sensitive today in that part of the world as their role in the 1917 revolution that brough...

 

Taboo-breaking film depicts Hungary's grim welcome to Holocaust survivors

(JTA)-The time is just after the defeat of Nazi Germany. Two Orthodox Jews disembark from a train at a rural station in Soviet-occupied Hungary and, after offloading a heavy bag, they begin a silent,...

 

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