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Nasty Backlash In Poland

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Nasty Backlash In Poland

Sad to say, Poland has been deluged by an outpouring of nasty rhetoric with antisemitic overtones. It has surfaced since the passage this month of controversial legislation which criminalizes the accusation that the “Polish nation” was complicit in the Holocaust and outlaws the erroneous phrase “Polish death camp.” These malicious expressions were swiftly and principally […]

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The New Antisemitism

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The New Antisemitism

A new kind of insidious antisemitism, far different than the familiar variety of old, has emerged as hopes for resolving the Arab-Israeli conflict have been dashed by realities on the ground. Responding to President Donald Trump’s recent decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, pro-Palestinian youths went on a rampage in three European cities, erasing […]

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More Light Shed On The Holocaust

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on November 28, 2017 0 Comments
More Light Shed On The Holocaust

The Holocaust unfolded in a succession of Nazi-occupied countries ranging from Poland and the Soviet Union to France and Hungary, and although much is known about this catastrophe 72 years after the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp by the Red Army, a whole lot of new material is still turning up and enlarging our […]

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Poland’s Restitution Claims System Falls Short

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Poland’s Restitution Claims System Falls Short

Regrettably, Poland continues to drag its feet concerning a problem that should have been resolved years ago. To this day, Poland is still the only major European country that has not passed comprehensive legislation for the restitution of property seized by the Nazis during the German occupation and nationalized by the Communist regime after 1945, according […]

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Toronto Jewish Delis, Then And Now

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 13, 2017 0 Comments
Toronto Jewish Delis, Then And Now

In 1975, when Toronto was still considered by some as something of a culinary backwater, I began writing a series of stories about Jewish delicatessens and restaurants in the city for a Canadian Jewish newspaper. My first story was illustrated by a photograph of yours truly sitting contentedly in front of a pastrami sandwich and […]

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Auschwitz On Tour

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Auschwitz On Tour

When I last visited the sprawling site of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, I knew I had seen one of the most diabolical and depraved places on the planet. The bleak barracks, the barbed wire fences, the guard posts, the gas chambers and the ruins of crematoria reminded me of the lengths Nazi Germany went […]

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Macron Admits French Role In Holocaust

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Macron Admits French Role In Holocaust

In a courageous and searingly candid acknowledgment of France’s complicity in the Holocaust, President Emmanuel Macron said yesterday that France had played a central role in one of its darkest chapters. Commemorating the 75th anniversary of the Velodrome d’Hiver (Vel d’hiv) roundup of Jews in Paris in the summer of 1942, and speaking in the […]

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Remembering Simone Veil

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 6, 2017 0 Comments
Remembering Simone Veil

Simone Veil, one of the greatest figures in modern France, died recently in Paris at the age of 89. Some years ago, I had the good fortune of interviewing her. This is what I wrote: There is no other political figure in Europe like Simone Veil. One of  France’s first female cabinet ministers, and the […]

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Netanyahu’s Spineless Leadership

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 27, 2017 0 Comments
Netanyahu’s Spineless Leadership

Has Benjamin Netanyahu no principles? This would appear to be the case following his spineless decision on June 25 to freeze a plan to create a non-Orthodox prayer section at the Western Wall in Jerusalem. Finalized a year-and-a-half ago by the Israeli government, the Jewish Agency, the Reform and Conservative movements and the Women of […]

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The Halimi Affair

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 19, 2017 0 Comments
The Halimi Affair

In the early hours of April 4, an African Muslim drug dealer/lowlife named Kobili Traore broke into the Paris apartment of a 66-year-old Jewish woman, Sarah Halimi, and proceeded to assault her. As he viciously beat Halimi, he cried out, “Allah hu akbar.” He then threw Halimi to her death from her third-storey balcony. The horrific […]

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