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Poland’s Neglected Jewish Cemeteries

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 8, 2018 0 Comments
Poland’s Neglected Jewish Cemeteries

Forty one years ago, I visited Poland, my parents’ birthplace, for the first time. My friend Henry Srebrnik, whose father and mother were born and raised in Poland as well, was my travelling companion. In accordance with our plan, we spent several days in Lodz and Czestochowa, the cities from which our parents’ hailed. In […]

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Lithuanian War Criminal Unmasked

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on September 14, 2018 0 Comments
Lithuanian War Criminal Unmasked

Should a genocidal killer be held in esteem? Should a school be named after him? Should a plaque in his honor be permitted to remain in the library of a major educational institution? Of course not! And yet this is precisely what happened in Lithuania when Jonas Noreika — a Nazi collaborator and an arch […]

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Poland’s Fascination With “Lucky Jew” Figurines

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 30, 2018 0 Comments
Poland’s Fascination With “Lucky Jew” Figurines

Stocked on the shelves of souvenir shops throughout Poland are wooden or plastic figurines of ultra-Orthodox Jews. Some, evoking the long lost shtetl, exude a certain nostalgic charm. Still others, portraying stereotypical Jews clasping a coin in one hand and clutching a bag of coins in another hand, pander to deeply-entrenched notions of money-grubbing Polish […]

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War Criminal Finally Brought To Justice

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 24, 2018 0 Comments
War Criminal Finally Brought To Justice

One of the last surviving perpetrators of the Holocaust was finally brought to justice on August 21 when Jakiw Palij, a former guard at the Trawniki labor camp in Nazi-occupied Poland, was deported to Germany from his home in New York City. It was a unique event in post-Holocaust annals because Palij, 95, was the […]

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Labor Party Roiled By Debate Over Antisemitism

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 3, 2018 0 Comments
Labor Party Roiled By Debate Over Antisemitism

Britain’s embattled and divided Labor Party, led by Jeremy Corbyn since 2015, is heading for an acrimonious showdown whose outcome could well affect its electoral prospects. Early in September, the party will decide whether to fully adopt the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance’s definition of antisemitism, which has been accepted by scores of countries, including Britain, […]

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Iraqi Jewish Archives Should Remain In U.S.

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 25, 2018 0 Comments
Iraqi Jewish Archives Should Remain In U.S.

There is a good case for keeping the Iraqi Jewish Archive in the United States rather than giving it back to Iraq. Consisting of tens of thousands of religious texts, books, personal items and photographs, this priceless trove contains items ranging from a 16th century Hebrew bible to an 18th century Talmud. Found by American […]

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Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 17, 2018 0 Comments
Polish-Israeli Declaration Soft-Pedals Key Issue

Late last month, just minutes after Poland’s parliament enacted legislation removing a troublesome clause from its controversial Holocaust law, ratified by President Anderzej Duda last February, Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and his Polish counterpart, Mateusz Morawiecki, issued a joint declaration intended to defuse tensions between Israel and Poland. In at least two respects, the […]

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When Will Justice Prevail In Argentina?

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on June 25, 2018 0 Comments
When Will Justice Prevail In Argentina?

The Alberto Nisman case in Argentina remains shrouded in mystery. Three and a half years after Nisman’s untimely death, the Argentine government is still grappling with its fallout, with no end in sight. Nisman, a 51-year-old special prosecutor appointed in 2004 to investigate the 1994 bombing of the AMIA Jewish community center in Buenos Aires, […]

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Kippas In Germany

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Kippas In Germany

Should Jews in Germany wear kippas in public?  Or should they, as recently advised by the chairman of Germany’s leading Jewish organization, leave them at home, tuck them into their pockets or don less identifiably Jewish head coverings? The issue arose after a 19-year-old Syrian asylum seeker in Berlin attacked a young Israeli man wearing […]

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Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 24, 2018 0 Comments
Archival Footage Sheds Light On Slansky Trial

The British-made satirical film, The Death of Stalin, released last year, made fun of the absurdity of Soviet “justice” in the years when the dictator ruled his empire like an Oriental satrap. Accusations against people could come out of thin air. Trials, preceded by torture to extract confessions, took minutes. A bullet in the head […]

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