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David Shneer, professor who led student visits to prewar Yiddishland, dies at 48

Posted on November 10, 2020

Read this article in Yiddish David Shneer, a widely admired history professor and director of the Program in Jewish Studies at the University of Colorado Boulder, died November 4 in Denver of brain cancer. He was 48. Shneer was one of the liveliest people I’ve ever known, and his premature passing means that this bright figure Continue Reading »

Headstones smashed at Jewish cemeteries in Moldova and Hungary

Posted on November 5, 2020

(JTA) — Headstones were smashed and graves defaced at Jewish cemeteries in Hungary and Moldova. At least five headstones were destroyed at a cemetery in the Moldovan capital of Chisinau on Saturday, the Jewish Community of Moldova said in a statement. Swastikas, a pentagram and the number 666 were spray painted on other headstones. The same Continue Reading »

March of the Living launches global interfaith initiative to commemorate Kristallnacht

Posted on November 5, 2020

(November 3, 2020 / JNS) A two-day pogrom began on Nov. 9, 1938, during which the Nazis burned more than 1,400 synagogues and Jewish institutions in Germany and Austria. Indeed, Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”) was a critical moment in the chain of events that led to the Holocaust. This year, March of the Living will mark Continue Reading »

Florida school board reverses decision to reinstate principal fired for Holocaust denial

Posted on November 2, 2020

(November 2, 2020 / JNS) The principal of a high school in the heavily Jewish city of Boca Raton, Fla., who was initially reinstated earlier this month after being fired last year after he declined to recognize that the Holocaust occurred has again been fired. Following weeks of outrage, including from the Jewish and pro-Israel community, the Palm Beach County School Continue Reading »

Gunmen open fire near Jewish community center, synagogue in Vienna

Posted on November 2, 2020

(November 2, 2020 / JNS) Gunmen opened fire near a synagogue and Jewish community center in Vienna on Monday, allegedly targeting two restaurants, according to official reports, videos and photos circulating on social media. The head of Austria’s Jewish community, Oskar Deutch, said the shooting occurred on the street where the synagogue is located, though none of the Continue Reading »

British lawyers, activists seek to dismantle racist, anti-Semitic YouTube alternative website

Posted on November 2, 2020

(November 2, 2020 / JNS) Google Play banned the third-party app BitChute this week, which was promoted as a “free speech” alternative to YouTube that has become a safe haven for neo-Nazis, hosting racist, violent and anti-Semitic videos that are later posted on social media. Google suspended the app, stating that it is in violation of its affiliate Continue Reading »

Riga Holocaust museum to remain open after city waives rent

Posted on October 28, 2020

(JTA) — The city government of Riga, Latvia, waived its demand for rent from a Holocaust museum whose director said it couldn’t afford to pay. The Riga City Council on Monday withdrew its intention to collect $12,000 in rent per month from the Riga Ghetto Museum, one of the Latvian capital’s three Holocaust museums, Rabbi Menachem Barkahan, Continue Reading »

Holocaust survivors are angry that a far-right politician has been nominated to lead Yad Vashem

Posted on October 28, 2020

(JTA) — Israeli Holocaust survivor organizations are calling the man nominated to lead the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial and museum “unfit” for the job. Effi Eitam, a former lawmaker who has said that Arab Israelis should not be allowed to serve in Israel’s parliament, is Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s choice for the role. He is Continue Reading »

German auction house under fire again for selling Hitler papers

Posted on October 21, 2020

(JTA) — Less than a year after it spurred widespread Jewish condemnation for selling Nazi memorabilia, a Munich auction house is selling several manuscripts written by Adolf Hitler. The European Jewish Association blasted Hermann Historica on Tuesday over the several Hitler papers it has on the block for Friday. Many are notes written before infamous speeches the Continue Reading »

The Nazis took a precious kettle from a Jewish couple. Some 86 years later, their grandson in Maryland got it back.

Posted on October 18, 2020

On a recent afternoon, a seemingly unremarkable brown parcel appeared on the front porch of Martin Goldsmith’s home in Kensington, Md. Goldsmith, 68, swiftly pried open the package. With careful hands, he uncovered a 16th-century kettle that belonged to Goldsmith’s grandparents before they died in the Holocaust.   He examined the double spouted cauldron — Continue Reading »

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