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The Specter Of Neo-Nazism In Germany

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on October 12, 2019 0 Comments
The Specter Of Neo-Nazism In Germany

The reconstituted Jewish community in Germany is rightly shocked and appalled by the news that a heavily-armed neo-Nazi terrorist almost succeeded in murdering scores of Jews in the eastern city of Halle on Yom Kippur. In what could have been the most heinous assault against Jews in Germany since the nation-wide Kristallnacht pogrom of November […]

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Sears Nailed For Promoting Hate

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 25, 2019 0 Comments
Sears Nailed For Promoting Hate

One summer day three years ago, I found Your Ward News, a thin tabloid published quarterly in Toronto, stuffed into my mailbox. As I flipped through its pages, I was horrified and disgusted. It was filled with crude antisemitic articles and drawings. I complained to the postman, realizing he was not responsible for its contents and […]

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Der Spiegel Misrepresents Jews In Germany

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on August 6, 2019 0 Comments
Der Spiegel Misrepresents Jews In Germany

Germany’s preeminent newsmagazine, Der Spiegel, carried a story on the Jewish community of Germany in one of its latest special editions. On its cover was a vintage photograph of two elderly ultra-Orthodox Jews clad in traditional caftans. The Central Council of Jews in Germany, in a tweet, objected to the illustration, saying it perpetrated antisemitic […]

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A “Moral Gesture” From The Dutch Railway Company

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on July 16, 2019 0 Comments
A “Moral Gesture” From The Dutch Railway Company

The Holocaust could not have been implemented in its entirety without the web of railways that crisscrossed Europe. Jews from as far away as Greece and as close as Poland were transported to Nazi extermination camps like Auschwitz-Birkenau, Sobibor and Treblinka. They were built on the express premise that national railroad companies would deport Jews […]

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Poland Needs To Pass Restitution Legislation

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on May 25, 2019 0 Comments
Poland Needs To Pass Restitution Legislation

The Polish government has finally come clean with the truth. Poland, having agreed to compensate Polish Jews who lost their properties during the Nazi and Communist interregnums, has now officially rejected such a plan of action. Several days ago, Polish Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki vowed that his country would never pay restitution to Jewish families […]

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Antisemitism On The Rise In Germany

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on May 13, 2019 0 Comments
Antisemitism On The Rise In Germany

Given what happened in Germany and German-occupied Europe from 1933 to 1945, the 12-year interregnum during which German Jews were persecuted and murdered and Germany orchestrated the industrial-scale killing of European Jews in the Holocaust, Germans must be particularly vigilant in combating the scourge of antisemitism. No one knows this better than German Chancellor Angela Merkel. […]

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U.S. Antisemites Increasingly Bold And Assertive

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 30, 2019 0 Comments
U.S. Antisemites Increasingly Bold And Assertive

The worms are coming out of the woodwork with ever-increasing frequency. Antisemitism is and has always been a staple of the far-right in the United States, a nation where Jews have found an unprecedented degree of safety and acceptance. But in the past two years, American antisemites have grown increasingly confident, bold and assertive. In […]

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The Holocaust In Hungary 75 Years On

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on April 10, 2019 0 Comments
The Holocaust In Hungary 75 Years On

Seventy five years ago, as Nazi Germany spiralled toward ignominious defeat and unconditional surrender in World War II, the greatest catastrophe to befall Hungarian Jews unfolded with cruel and ruthless precision. Germany, in complicity with its fascist ally, Hungary, rounded up and deported 425,000 Hungarian Jews to the Auschwitz-Treblinka extermination camp, where they were murdered. […]

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Bombing In Argentina Still Shrouded In Mystery

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on March 6, 2019 0 Comments
Bombing In Argentina Still Shrouded In Mystery

The worst antisemitic terrorist incident in decades remains mired in a web of deceit and coverups. The bombing that killed 85 people and injured more than 300 in Buenos Aires’ Jewish community center on July 18, 1994 is still shrouded in mystery. Last week, a court in Buenos Aires — the capital of Argentina — sentenced […]

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Polish Ambassador Tells The Truth

Filed in Jewish Affairs by on February 15, 2019 0 Comments
Polish Ambassador Tells The Truth

I stand corrected. In a recent piece, I used the phrase “Polish complicity” to describe the antisemitic crimes that some Poles committed during the Holocaust in Nazi-occupied Poland. As Poland’s ambassador to Israel, Marek Magierowski, correctly pointed out in an interview with the Times of Israel on February 11, the words “Polish complicity” imply that Poland […]

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