General Interest News

Hungarian official retracts op-ed calling George Soros ‘liberal Fuhrer’

Posted on November 30, 2020

  (JTA) — A Hungarian official has retracted an op-ed in which he called George Soros “the liberal Fuhrer” who uses Europe as “his gas chamber” and identified Poland and Hungary as “the new Jews.” After the op-ed was published Saturday on Origo, a Hungarian news site owned by allies of Prime Minister Victor Orban, Jewish Continue Reading »

Coronavirus: How German protesters are trivializing Nazi-era persecution

Posted on November 30, 2020

Fresh protests have broken out in Germany against measures to contain the coronavirus pandemic. The rallies have provided a backdrop for demonstrators to compare themselves to victims of Nazi persecution. At one demonstration last weekend, a young woman, who introduced herself as “Jana from Kassel” drew a shocking parallel: “I feel,” she said, “like Sophie Scholl Continue Reading »

Swastikas carved into Jewish headstones, spray-painted on memorials in Germany

Posted on November 19, 2020

(JTA) — Amid a recent spate of incidents against Jewish targets in Germany, swastikas were etched into headstones at a cemetery. The vandalism discovered this week in Haren, a northwestern town about 220 miles west of Berlin, is being treated as an anti-Semitic hate crime by police, the dpa news agency reported Tuesday. There are no suspects Continue Reading »

This non-Jewish leader is working to clean up Poland’s forgotten Jewish cemeteries

Posted on November 18, 2020

(JTA) — National Independence Day in Poland has served in recent years as a backdrop for anti-Semitic, xenophobic and violent incidents at nationalist rallies. Last week, thousands in Warsaw flouted the coronavirus ban on public gatherings and clashed with police who tried to disperse them. The illegal procession on Independence Day, Nov. 11, included a banner that Continue Reading »

Why the exhibit on the Warsaw Jewish quarter, Muranow, is so good

Posted on November 18, 2020

When I first heard that Warsaw’s Polin Museum had an exhibit about Muranow, the former Jewish quarter of the Polish capital, my first instinct was to buy a ticket to Warsaw – until I remembered that we’re in the midst of an epidemic. Although I live in Israel, Muranow has become very familiar to me in Continue Reading »

New synagogue will open on Nazi killing grounds of Babyn Yar in Ukraine

Posted on November 17, 2020

(JTA) — A new synagogue is planned to open in Babyn Yar, the park in the Ukrainian capital of Kyiv commemorating a ravine where the Nazis and their collaborators murdered more than 30,000 Jews. The new synagogue will open in 2021, the state news agency Ukrinform reported last week, ahead of the 80th anniversary of the killings Continue Reading »

New adult animation about liberators of Dachau

Posted on November 15, 2020

  The Liberator This experiment in adult animation was actually shot with live actors and animated after the fact, like that one Instagram filter. It tells the World War II story of Felix Sparks (read up on him here) and the diverse platoon he led that liberated Dachau in 1945, a gut-wrenching historical incident that’s well-dramatized here

There’s a fight brewing over who will lead Israel’s Holocaust museum

Posted on November 15, 2020

(JTA) — One of the latest political disputes in Israel is happening in an unlikely place — the national Holocaust museum, Yad Vashem.  News emerged in August that Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his allies are hoping to appoint a former far-right politician and general, Effi Eitam, as the next chairman of Yad Vashem. Holocaust remembrance Continue Reading »

How the Nazis stole a cookbook

Posted on November 13, 2020

Alice Urbach’s cookbook was a bestseller in the 1930s in German-speaking countries. A Jew, she fled her home under the Nazis, who republished the book under a different name without giving her credit. Recipes for Kaiserschmarrn,  a kind of sweet scrambled pancake, apple strudel and special donuts for the Carnival season are just some of the dishes in Continue Reading »

Hryhoriy Arshynov, restorer of Jewish cemeteries across Ukraine

Posted on November 13, 2020

Hryhoriy Arshynov died of COVID-19 on Nov. 1, 2020. (JTA) — Five years ago, a plea to rescue a centuries-old synagogue in Ostroh, Ukraine, struck a chord with Hryhoriy Arshynov, a lifelong Jewish resident of the city four hours west of Kyiv.  Damaged during the Holocaust, the magnificent 17th-century Maharsha synagogue was used as a Continue Reading »

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