Articles written by Cnaan Liphshiz

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A 1939 phone book could be the key to unlocking millions in Polish Holocaust restitution payments

WARSAW (JTA)-In the small park behind the only synagogue in this city to have survived World War II, Yoram Sztykgold looks around with a perplexed expression. An 82-year-old retired architect,...

 

Europe is going bananas over this Israeli guy's avocados

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-Last year, Ron Simpson was still managing talent for a living. But within just a few months Simpson, a 34-year-old Jewish marketing professional and producer from Amsterdam with no...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 31, 2018

Nazi camp guard Jakiw Palij deported from US to Germany

(JTA)-A former guard at a Nazi concentration camp was deported to Germany overnight from the United States, where he had lived for decades. Jakiw Palij, 95, had lived in Queens, New York. He served as...

 

Before her suicide, a Dutch Holocaust scholar saw deep threats to her life's work

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-On July 19, Evelien Gans, one of the Netherlands' foremost scholars on anti-Semitism and the Holocaust, jumped to her death from her fourth-story Amsterdam apartment, where she lived...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 10, 2018

Britain's Labour Party tried to define anti-Semitism to satisfy critics-it didn't go well

(JTA)-It's been nearly three years since Jeremy Corbyn became the leader of Britain's Labour Party, and he has riled British Jews more than any other politician in recent history. Last week, Great...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    August 10, 2018

Eviction of Dutch Jews from Nazi-ravaged synagogue brings back bitter memories

DEVENTER, Netherlands (JTA)-Four years ago, Tom Furstenberg proudly carried into his synagogue its first Torah scroll since the Holocaust, when local Nazis destroyed the building's interior. The scrol...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 20, 2018

French Jewish family told to remove mezuzah outside apartment

(JTA)—The company that manages an apartment complex in France has ordered a Jewish family to remove a mezuzah from the doorframe. The Foncière Bergé Corp. cited its regulations last week in a letter to the Saada family in Montpelier, in southern...

 

Need tefillin? There's an app for that

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-You can call a taxi, order a hamburger, rent a film and buy a book with a few clicks of a smartphone. So why shouldn't it be as easy to score a set of tefillin? That, at least, was...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 20, 2018

Caught between jihadists and neo-Nazis, Swedish Jews fear for their future

MALMO, Sweden (JTA)-When Carinne Sjoberg dissolved the Jewish Community of Umea in northern Sweden, she knew it would send shockwaves far beyond the small congregation that she had spent decades...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 13, 2018

German prosecutors mull trials for three alleged Holocaust perpetrators

(JTA)—German prosecutors have identified three suspects from a 2014 list of nine alleged Holocaust-era war criminals accused of shooting countless Jews. Kurt G., Herbert W. and Wilhelm Karl Friedrich Hoffmeister, allegedly members of the firing...

 

These Dutch survivors have been madly in love for 70 years

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-More than 70 years have passed since Meijer van der Sluis first laid eyes on the love of his life. He was at a home for child survivors of the Holocaust, and he opened the door for...

 

Ghost writer revisits her own amazing Holocaust survival story in Amsterdam

AMSTERDAM (JTA)-As a seasoned ghost writer who specializes in biographies, Miriam Dubi-Gazan says there is no such thing as a boring life story. Her attention to detail, creativity and editing skills...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 13, 2018

Ukrainian general implies Jews want bloodshed

(JTA)—A Ukrainian military prosecutor suggested that Jews seek bloodshed in his country, prompting calls for his dismissal by the Simon Wiesenthal Center and others. Col. Gen. Anatoliy Matios, Ukraine’s chief military prosecutor and a highly...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 13, 2018

Plaque honoring SS officer unveiled in Estonia

(JTA)—A town in Estonia unveiled a plaque honoring a Waffen SS officer, spurring protests from the Jewish community. A nonprofit unveiled the plaque in Mustla for the local Nazi collaborator Alfons Rebane, who fought with the Germans against the...

 
 By Cnaan Liphshiz    News    July 6, 2018

Denmark is considering a ban on circumcision

COPENHAGEN, Denmark (JTA)-In 2015, a jihadist killed a Jewish guard outside this capital city's main synagogue, where Hannah Bentow was having her bat mitzvah party. Her sense of security as a Jew in...

 
 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...

 

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