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Dutch government criticizes country’s own Holocaust restitution policy that has blocked families from return of stolen art

Posted on December 9, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — In the Netherlands, proving that the Nazis stole artwork from your family isn’t always enough to claim it back. Departing from norms across Europe, the kingdom’s policy is to weigh the interest of established heirs of looted art against those of the museums that hold them. In some cases the government has ruled in Continue Reading »

Trump administration wants Holocaust restitution cases heard outside US. The Supreme Court seems skeptical.

Posted on December 8, 2020

(JTA) — The Trump administration’s claim that Holocaust restitution cases should be heard in the countries where the crimes occurred, and not in the United States, met with skepticism on Monday in the Supreme Court — from conservative and liberal justices. In the two cases, Holocaust survivors and the heirs of victims of the Holocaust are Continue Reading »

Historical novel on Holland’s largest Holocaust rescue operation slammed for ‘awful’ errors

Posted on December 6, 2020

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — It was meant as an ode to one of the most courageous yet little-known rescue efforts of Jews during the Holocaust. But a week after its publication, a Dutch-language historical novel is at the heart of a controversy over whether the author twisted the historical record in ways that risk distorting public understanding of Continue Reading »

‘Jesus Wins’ spray-painted on synagogue and Holocaust monument in Greece

Posted on December 6, 2020

(JTA) — An unidentified man spray-painted the words “Jesus Wins” in black on the walls of a synagogue in Greece and a nearby Holocaust monument. The incident Thursday in Larissa, in northern Greece, was reported immediately to police but the man fled before he could be apprehended. Witnesses described the man as middle-aged, and said Continue Reading »

US Supreme Court to hear two cases related to Holocaust restitution

Posted on December 4, 2020

(December 4, 2020 / JNS) The U.S. Supreme Court will hear two cases on Dec. 7 related to the issue of Holocaust restitution. The court will decide if the United States has the jurisdiction, in accordance with the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act, to rule about crimes that happened abroad where there was no American involvement.

EU invites all member states to adopt definition of anti-Semitism that includes Israel hatred

Posted on December 4, 2020

(JTA) — The Council of the European Union, which is a key driver of EU policy, “invited” all the bloc’s 27 members to adopt a definition of anti-Semitism that includes anti-Israel vitriol. The invitation to adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition came in a declaration published Wednesday by the Council, which is made up of cabinet Continue Reading »

British soccer’s Premier League endorses international Holocaust group’s definition of anti-Semitism

Posted on December 4, 2020

(JTA) — The Premier League, a consortium comprising the United Kingdom’s top 20 soccer clubs, has endorsed the definition of anti-Semitism established by the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance, or IHRA.

After the Holocaust, displaced by indifference and paralysis

Posted on December 3, 2020

In the aftermath of World War II, Europe was in chaos, with millions homeless and in flight from violence, persecution or retribution for wartime crimes. Some had survived concentration camps; others had been forced laborers or prisoners of war.  

6 prominent Holocaust survivors have died in Europe over the past month

Posted on December 3, 2020

(JTA) — The constant stream of breaking news about American politics and the coronavirus pandemic has hidden a sobering fact: Six prominent Holocaust survivors who had dedicated much of their lives to educating others against hatred have died in Europe over the past month. These are their stories.

Ukrainian Jewish professor says he was fired for protesting statue of leader whose troops killed Jews

Posted on December 2, 2020

  (JTA) — A Jewish journalism professor says he was fired from a Ukrainian university for his opposition to a statue honoring a militia leader whose troops killed Jews in pogroms. The case is a rare example of real-life implications stemming from the heated debate in Ukraine on nationalist memory that has stayed for the Continue Reading »

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