The 2020 Tokyo Paralympic Games open on Tuesday. Much like the Olympic Games in the Japanese capital, there are plenty of Jewish athletes to support, like emerging track and field star Ezra Frech and veteran swimmer Matt Levy. But unlike the Olympic Games, the Paralympics have an inspiring Jewish origin story — thanks to its founder, Ludwig Guttmann.
(JTA) — Praises for Adolf Hitler were etched on a grave-shaped monument in Poland for Holocaust victims whose bodies were burnt. Meanwhile, in Spain, police arrested a man whom they say was filmed spraying swastika graffiti at the entrance to a synagogue in Madrid, the news Madrid 24 Horas reported last week. In Poland, the incident in Continue Reading »
A few years ago Wayne Stringer stopped to help an old man who had collapsed outside the Oamaru post office. The man was a Lithuanian, “from Kaunas”. “Whereabouts in Kaunas?” said Stringer, a former policeman who had gone to Lithuania to gather evidence about suspected Nazis living in New Zealand. “From Užusaliai,” the man said
(JTA) — Lithuania’s government has shelved controversial plans to build a flashy conference center on what used to be a Jewish cemetery in the capital city of Vilnius because of how the COVID-19 pandemic “has changed the conference tourism market and environment.” The Chancellery of the Government of Lithuania made the statement to the news site Continue Reading »
(JTA) — “Is it possible to make a film like this without contributing to the Nazi Cinematic Universe?” This line of narration comes early in “The Meaning of Hitler,” a fiery new documentary about the persistent hold Nazism has on our culture, directed by Petra Epperlein and Michael Tucker. It’s a cheeky reference to the Marvel Continue Reading »
(JTA) — Amid a growing diplomatic crisis between Israel and Poland, a senior Polish diplomat said his government is “reviewing” changes to the annual educational school trips from Israel to former Nazi death camps. Paweł Jabłoński, deputy minister of foreign affairs, called the trips “propaganda” on Monday, Gazeta Prawa reported. Before the COVID-19 pandemic, tens of thousands of Continue Reading »
An appeals court ruled on Monday that two historians accused of tarnishing the memory of a Polish villager in a book about the Holocaust need not apologize, overturning a lower court ruling that raised fears about freedom of academic research. In February, a Warsaw court ruled that Barbara Engelking and Jan Grabowski, editors of “Night without Continue Reading »
(JTA) — Poland’s president signed into law a bill that will restrict Holocaust restitution claims by Jews and others who had property stolen by the Nazis or Soviet-backed occupation forces during the World War II era. The law, signed Saturday by President Andrzej Duda, gives all property restitution claims a 30-year time limit from the alleged theft. Continue Reading »
Leon Kopelman, possibly the last surviving man to have fought in the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, died on Friday at age 97. Kopelman was born in Poland in 1924 to a well-to-do family. When the Nazis took over the country and formed the Warsaw Ghetto, his family was forced into a tiny home there.
(JTA) — A Belgian town is removing from a local square most of its references to a group of Latvian soldiers who were part of Nazi Germany’s SS forces, following allegations that the square honored them. Briviba Square in Zedelgem, a small town 70 miles west of Antwerp, contained a statue of and a plaque Continue Reading »
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