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The Jewish doctor who escaped the Nazis, became a medical pioneer and founded the Paralympics

Posted on August 26, 2021

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.

Symbolic grave for Jews in Poland defaced with slogans praising Hitler

Posted on August 20, 2021

(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 Nazi mass murderer in our midst?

Posted on August 18, 2021

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

Lithuania abandons plan to build conference center atop former Jewish cemetery

Posted on August 18, 2021

(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 »

Why are we still so obsessed with Hitler? An unconventional new documentary leaves the answer just out of reach.

Posted on August 18, 2021

(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 »

Poland is ‘reviewing’ changes to Israel’s annual school trips to former concentration camps

Posted on August 17, 2021

(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 »

Polish court rules in favor of Holocaust historians

Posted on August 17, 2021

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 »

Poland officially approves law that limits Holocaust restitution claims, sparking global Jewish outrage

Posted on August 16, 2021

(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 »

Last known surviving fighter of Warsaw Ghetto Uprising dies at age 97

Posted on August 14, 2021

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.

Belgian town square to remove references honoring Nazis

Posted on August 14, 2021

(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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