Thursday, January 28, 2021


Toby Axelrod, JTA


Suspect Arrested for Trying to Attack Jewish Leader in Graz, Austria, With a Baseball Bat

Jewish Community Spokesman Elie Rosen said he won't let the attack intimidate him.

Holocaust Survivors Launch Campaign to Fight Holocaust Denial on Facebook

One survivor told JTA, "People believe what they see on Facebook. What happened cannot be denied."

Former Concentration Camp Guard, 93, Gets Suspended Sentence as Accessory to Murder of 5,230

Nazi hunter Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center’s Jerusalem office called the suspended sentence "a travesty."

Former Concentration Camp Guard, 93, Gets Suspended Sentence as Accessory to Murder of 5,230

The Simon Wiesenthal Center called the decision a travesty.

A Far-Right German Activist Will Go to Jail for Insulting a Jewish Leader

BERLIN (JTA) — A far-right activist will go to jail for insulting a German Jewish leader after the country’s highest court denied his appeal. Sascha...

Austria to Create Award Named for Simon Wiesenthal

BERLIN (JTA) – An Austrian parliamentary committee has paved the way for the creation of an annual prize to encourage the fight against anti-Semitism. An...

Germany Reports Highest Number of Anti-Semitic Crimes Since 2001

Germany has recorded the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes nationwide since 2001. And a new wave linked to coronavirus conspiracy theories is expected, Jewish...

German Shooter Who Killed 10 Said He Wanted to Exterminate People from Asia, Africa and Israel

BERLIN (JTA) – The shooter who murdered 10 people in the German city of Hanau was a far-right extremist who reportedly said he wanted...

German Comedian Under Attack After Apologizing to a Holocaust Survivor for His Father’s Nazi Service

BERLIN (JTA) – Neo-Nazis are attacking a popular German comedian for having apologized to a Holocaust survivor for his father’s wartime crimes. Atze Schröder, 54,...

Leader of a German State Steps Down After Making Pact with Far-Right AfD Party

(JTA) — A German politician stepped down a day after being elected the leader of his local parliament amid criticism over support he received...

Photos Surface Showing Convicted Nazi War Criminal John Demjanjuk at Sobibor Camp

BERLIN (JTA) – Photos have surfaced of convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanuk in the Sobibor Nazi death camp, where he denied ever having...

German Youth Strangled by 3 Classmates in Attack Apparently Motivated by Anti-Semitism

(JTA) — A 14-year-old German boy was allegedly tied up and strangled at a Berlin high school by three classmates who hurled anti-Semitic insults...

Jewish Mother Removing Son from German Public High School Over Classroom Anti-Semitism

BERLIN (JTA) — A Jewish mother in Germany is taking her son out of a public high school because of frequent anti-Semitic comments in...

Police Release Knife-Wielding Man Who Crossed Security Barrier at Berlin Synagogue

(JTA)  — Police have released a knife-wielding Syrian refugee who had to be subdued by pepper spray by security guards outside a Berlin synagogue...

Far-Right Alternative for Germany Party makes Large Gains in Two State Elections

(JTA) — The head of Germany’s Jewish community is urging democratic political parties to clearly distance themselves from the right-populist Alternative for Germany Party,...

Berlin Rabbi Harassed and Spat Upon by Arabic-Speaking Attackers

BERLIN (JTA) — A Berlin rabbi was verbally abused and spat on, one of several recent attacks on Jews in the German capital. The incident,...

What you need to know about the far-right Alternative for Germany party

Chancellor Angela Merkel clinched her fourth term and her center-right Christian Democratic Union party maintained its parliamentary majority in the German national elections on...

Germany Works to Counter Biases of Muslim Youths

Onur looks intently at the photomontage. From all the famous news images, he picks one: New York’s World Trade Center aflame.

New Shoah pension deal gives survivors ‘recognition of suffering’

After extensive negotiations with the Conference for Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, Germany eased some eligibility requirements so more low-income survivors like Aviva can receive so-called Article 2 pension payments.

Lessons From Nuremberg

The Nuremberg Trials, which opened with the reading of charges against 24 defendants in Berlin on Oct. 18, 1945, and reconvened in Nuremberg on Nov. 20, confronted Germans with the reality of what had been done in their name. It was the beginning of a process of reckoning and repentance that continues to this day.

Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

The annihilation of Israel is the raison d\'etre of the \"holiday\" that the late Iranian leader Ayatollah Khomeini created after the 1979 Islamic Revolution. It is marked with anti-Israel demonstrations in some Islamic countries, as well as in cities with large Muslim populations outside the Islamic world.

German Jews Praise Merkel

As Germany stands on the brink of a new political era -- about to have its first woman and first former East German as chancellor -- Jews are peering over the horizon with cautious optimism.

New Pope Visits German Synagogue

Pope Benedict XVI\'s visit to a German synagogue was replete with symbolism: most notably, the potential for positive relations between the country\'s Jewish community and a pope who served in the German army during World War II. For Germany\'s Jewish community, which has tripled to more than 100,000 since 1989 with the arrival of former Soviet Jews, the live broadcast of Benedict\'s visit during World Youth Day in Germany served another purpose.

Book Details Hitler’s Knowledge of Shoah

Hitler knew in detail about the attempted extermination of the Jews. That\'s according to \"Das Buch Hitler\" -- \"The Hitler Book\" -- a newly published German translation of a work written in Russian for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1949.

Auschwitz Memorial Marks ’45 Liberation

The last time Trudy Spira was in Auschwitz, she was 12 years old. The day of liberation \"is my second birthday -- I was reborn on that day,\" said Spira, who came from Venezuela with her son, Ernesto, 48, to show him the place that robbed her of her childhood.

Hague Protest Mideast Conflict

Holland turned into a staging ground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week, as demonstrators converged on The Hague to talk about Israel\'s security barrier and Palestinian terrorism.

Main Findings in Suppressed Report

The study that the European Union\'s Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia commissioned was prompted by a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe that intensified in the spring of 2002. The report was suppressed, allegedly to avoid offending Europe\'s large Muslim communities. The European Jewish Congress obtained a copy of the report and released it Monday.

Group Releases E.U. Anti-Semitism Study

In an act of defiance against the European Union, the main Jewish body in Europe has released an unpublished report that found rising anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe.

Filing Cutoff Nears on Ghetto Pensions

Time is running out for survivors of Nazi ghettos to apply for retroactive German pensions, a German advocacy group warned.

A Healer Returns

niel Libeskind is coming back to New York to help heal the wounds created on Sept. 11. He won\'t be working with words or medicine but with stone, cement, glass and steel.

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