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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,...

 

How this 15th-century Hebrew Bible survived the Inquisition

COIMBRA, Portugal (JTA)-From its mountaintop perch, the University of Coimbra towers majestically over the downtown square that used to be the regional headquarters of the Portuguese Inquisition....

 

Is it Islamophobic to oppose the mosque next door? London Jews debate the question

(JTA)-A plan to open a mosque in a heavily Jewish area of London is dividing British Jews, with some calling the development worrisome and others accusing its opponents of racism. The Islamic...

 

To save Yiddish theater, these Romanian actors abandoned their home

BUCHAREST, Romania (JTA)-When the roof of the Jewish State Theater collapsed during a 2014 snowstorm, its director reluctantly knew it was finally time to abandon the century-old building in this...

 

Can cyber tech solve the Frank and Wallenberg mysteries?

(JTA)-After 70 years of studying the Holocaust, historians still don't know the exact circumstances of the tragic fate that befell two of the best-known victims of the Holocaust era: Anne Frank and...

 

Anne Frank's diary is now a comic book

PARIS (JTA)-In a bid to preserve interest in the Holocaust by future generations, the Basel-based Anne Frank Foundation unveiled the first authorized comic book based on the teenager's famous diary...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 25, 2017

I talked to the 'anti-Semitic' Swiss hotel owner-it's more complicated than you think

(JTA)—A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has “nothing against Jews.” To be clear, I don’t find racism...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 25, 2017

Following terrorist attack, Barcelona's chief rabbi says his community is doomed

(JTA)—Commenting on deadly attacks in Catalonia, the chief rabbi of that region in Spain said his community is doomed, partly because of radical Islam and the alleged reluctance of authorities to confront it. Rabbi Meir Bar-Hen has been...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 28, 2017

Why this poster of a Jewish man and a Muslim woman kissing caused a scandal in Europe

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-In a country where sex toys are displayed in shop windows and television commercials often feature nudity, a picture of a clothed, heterosexual couple kissing may not seem like the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 14, 2017

In Holland, the Nazis built a luxury camp to lull the Jews before murdering them

WESTERBORK, Netherlands (JTA)-Nothing about the footage that Rudolf Breslauer filmed here on May 30, 1944, suggests that it was taken inside one of Europe's largest Nazi concentration camps. In the...

 

Israeli conversion bill delayed 6 months 

(JTA)-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu shelved a controversial bill that would have made the haredi Orthodox-dominated Chief Rabbinate the only body authorized by the government to perform...

 

This 400-year-old Jewish library survived Hitler and the Inquisition

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Livraria Ets Haim is the world's oldest functioning Jewish library. As such, it is no stranger to the prospect of imminent destruction. Founded in 1616 by Jews who fled Catholic...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 30, 2017

British Jewry feels left behind amid the election turmoil

(JTA)-Nearly 50 years after she left her native South Africa for Britain to escape apartheid, Sharon Klaff again is finding herself unable to imagine a future for her family in her country and...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 23, 2017

A French Jew's killing provides a test for the new Macron administration

(JTA)-Before he threw Sarah Halimi to her death from a window of her third-story apartment in Paris, 27-year-old Kobili Traore called his Jewish neighbor "Satan" and cried out for Allah. These and...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 9, 2017

A government campaign against George Soros splits Hungarian Jews

(JTA)-On a recent Sunday, eight far-right activists filmed themselves on what they called a "raid" on the Aurora Jewish community center in Budapest. Sporting crewcuts and black clothes, the men affix...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 2, 2017

Manchester Jews prepared for attack

(JTA)-Britain's bloodiest terrorist attack in over a decade occurred Monday just two miles from Rabbi Yisroel Cohen's synagogue. Yet one day after the deadly bombing in Manchester, Cohen told JTA he h...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    June 2, 2017

In Europe, Israel went from darling to divisive in 50 years

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Shortly after the outbreak of the Six-Day War in 1967, Ronny Naftaniel was soliciting donations on the street and putting a lot of money into a box emblazoned with the words "for...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    May 19, 2017

President-elect Macron and his French Jewish supporters may be on a collision course

PARIS (JTA)-French Jews may have voted en masse for Emmanuel Macron in the final round of France's presidential elections, but that doesn't make him their dream president. Like many other supporters...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    Features    May 5, 2017

Who is Anne Frank? The answers kindle a debate in her native Holland

AMSTERDAM (JTA)—Decades after her death at a Nazi concentration camp, Anne Frank’s restless spirit in heaven finally finds a soulmate in Zef Bunga, an Albanian teenager who was murdered in a revenge killing. Anne, whose world-famous diary...

 

Krav Maga, an Israeli martial art, is trending in Paris

PARIS (JTA)-In a dark alley in a poor suburb of this city, five men with violence on their minds closed in fast on 17-year-old Netanel Azoulay and his older brother, Yaakov. "Dirty Jews, you're going...

 

Anne Frank's final days, as told by her former classmate

(JTA)—Looking through the barbed wire of the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, 14-year-old Nanette Konig could barely recognize her friend and classmate from Amsterdam, Anne Frank. Both girls had been caught by the Nazis in the Dutch capital and w...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    April 14, 2017

Toppled graves near Paris inspire conspiracy theories among Jews

(JTA)-Five days after a municipal truck plowed through a Jewish cemetery near Paris in what authorities said was a freak accident, Isabelle Zenou arrived at the scene of the incident with a...

 

In France's elections, dramatic upsets turn surprise front-runner into top choice for many Jews

(JTA)-With old favorites knocked out of France's presidential race and the far-right National Front party making worrisome gains, many Jews are joining fellow voters in supporting Emmanuel Macron, the...

 

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