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Amsterdam mayor wants state to return $22 million Nazi-looted painting now in the city’s museum

Posted on February 23, 2021

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — The mayor of Amsterdam has asked a Dutch committee to reassess its decision on a Holocaust restitution claim that keeps a $22 million painting looted by the Nazis in the city’s hands. Mayor Femke Halsema said the Dutch Restitutions Committee should “re-evaluate” its 2018 ruling on “Painting with Houses,” a work by Wassily Kandinsky, which is Continue Reading »

Brooklyn auction house suspends sale of 19th-century document that Romanian Jews say was stolen in the Holocaust

Posted on February 22, 2021

(JTA) — An auction house in New York suspended the sale of a document that a Jewish community in Romania said had been stolen from it. Kestenbaum & Company, a Brooklyn firm that has specialized in the care of rare Judaic material culture for 25 years, on Wednesday pulled off its catalog what the Jewish Continue Reading »

Polish historian resigns state position over 2007 photos of him performing Nazi salute

Posted on February 22, 2021

(JTA) — A senior state historian in Poland resigned following the publication of photos from 2007 in which he appears to be giving a Nazi salute. Tomasz Greniuch had served as acting director of the Institute of National Remembrance’s branch in Wrocław, in southwestern Poland, since 2019. The institute in its announcement Monday wrote on Twitter that Jarosław Szarek, Continue Reading »

Moved by her story, Pope Francis visits Holocaust survivor Edith Bruck at home in Rome

Posted on February 22, 2021

(JTA) — Pope Francis was so moved by reading the testimony of a local Holocaust survivor that he paid the nearly 90-year-old writer a house call this weekend. The pope visited Edith Bruck, who was born in Hungary and survived multiple Nazi concentration camps, at her home in Rome on Saturday, the Vatican announced. After moving Continue Reading »

US deports 95-year-old former Nazi concentration camp guard back to Germany

Posted on February 22, 2021

(JTA) – A year after an immigration judge ordered him deported to Germany because of his work as a Nazi guard, Friedrich Karl Berger is back in his native country. Berger, 95, served at a subcamp of the Neuengamme concentration camp system near Hamburg, where an immigration court in early 2020 found that Jews and others had Continue Reading »

Son of France’s best-known Holocaust survivor equates lamb at slaughterhouse to Jew at gas chamber

Posted on February 13, 2021

(JTA) — Arno Klarsfeld, the son of the well-known French Holocaust survivor and Nazi hunter Serge Klarsfeld, said on television that a lamb at a slaughterhouse is the same as a Jew arriving at the gas chamber. Arno Klarsfeld, a 55-year-old lawyer and author, made the remark during an interview Wednesday on i24 news channel about his Continue Reading »

Claims Conference Condemns Legal Proceedings Against Polish Scholars

Posted on February 12, 2021

   February 12, 2021 30 Sh’vat, 5781     View this email in your browser PRESIDENT’S REPORT   A memorial stone in the forest outside of Malinowo, Poland, where a group of Jews were hiding before they were discovered and killed. [Photo: Maciek Nabrdalik for The New York Times] Nationalists in many countries have often Continue Reading »

Anti-Semitic flyer in German tram blames Jews for the COVID pandemic

Posted on February 11, 2021

BERLIN (JTA) — Anti-Semitic flyers were found Wednesday on a tram in Cologne, Germany, blaming Jews for the ongoing pandemic. The black-and-white flyer reads: “Do we really have a Corona problem? Or do we have a Jewish problem?” with a Star of David in the background next to the names of three prominent German politicians Continue Reading »

Old Irving Park neighbors push to rename Kolmar Park to honor German-Jewish author killed in the Holocaust

Posted on February 11, 2021

Block Club Chicago is a nonprofit newsroom focused on Chicago’s neighborhoods. Subscribe to support their on-the-ground reporting here. Neighbors are pushing for a Northwest Side park to be renamed after an influential German-Jewish author and poet who died in the Holocaust. Kolmar Park, 4143 N. Kolmar Ave., is named for the street on which it sits. Continue Reading »

Her Holocaust survival story was like something out of a movie — maybe too much so

Posted on February 10, 2021

Misha Defonseca had a secret. As she stood before the synagogue at Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, Massachusetts, she harbored a tale so remarkable that it would eventually catapult her to international notoriety. After a half century of silence, Misha began to share her story of escaping Nazi-occupied Belgium during the Holocaust. Her fellow congregants Continue Reading »

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