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    Russian Jews slam Moscow’s exclusion from Holocaust memorial project in Poland
    Aug20

    Russian Jews slam Moscow’s exclusion from Holocaust memorial project in Poland

    (JTA) — A leader of Russian Jews called on Poland to avoid any exclusion of Russia from an international forum that is responsible for preserving for educational purposes the former Nazi death camp of Sobibor. Mikhael Mirilashvili, the president of the Euro-Asian Jewish Congress, issued the call Sunday, following claims by Russian officials that...

    I talked to the ‘anti-Semitic’ Swiss hotel owner. It’s more complicated than you think.
    Aug19

    I talked to the ‘anti-Semitic’ Swiss hotel owner. It’s more complicated than you think.

    The Paradise Apartments hotel in Arosa, near Zurich, Switzerland. (Courtesy of Paradise Apartments hotel) (JTA) — A chuckle tickled my throat as Ruth Thomann, a Swiss hotelier who posted signs urging her “Jewish guests” to shower before entering the pool, assured me that she has “nothing against Jews.” To be clear, I don’t find racism...

    This Holocaust monument in Belarus is haunting — and subversive
    Aug14

    This Holocaust monument in Belarus is haunting — and subversive

    “The Unbowed Man” statue at the Khatyn Memorial in Belarus commemorating Yuzif Kaminsky, a survivor of Nazi atrocities, and his slain son Adam. (John Oldale/Wikimedia Commons) KHATYN, Belarus (JTA) — Even by Soviet standards, the massive memorial complex near Minsk to the victims of Nazi atrocities stands out for its immense scale and ambition....

    Researchers find Jewish headstones at the Nazi killing site of Babi Yar
    Aug11

    Researchers find Jewish headstones at the Nazi killing site of Babi Yar

    (JTA) — Before murdering tens of thousands of Jews at Babi Yar near Kiev, Nazi troops dumped at the killing site dozens of Jewish headstones they had stolen from Jewish cemetery, researchers in Ukraine discovered. “The tombstones were removed from a local Jewish cemetery during the Holocaust and thrown into the same ravines where over 150,000...

    Polish villagers hold Jewish wedding without Jews
    Aug09

    Polish villagers hold Jewish wedding without Jews

    Villagers attending a fake Jewish wedding in the Polish village of Radzanow, Aug 5, 2017. (Jonny Daniels/From the Depths) (JTA) — Nostalgia for Jews is a well-documented phenomenon in Eastern Europe, with cultural and even substantial commercial aspects. In Ukraine, so-called Jewish-themed restaurants with pork-heavy menus compete for tourists,...

    Blogger jailed in Azerbaijan asks to be extradited to Israel
    Jul30

    Blogger jailed in Azerbaijan asks to be extradited to Israel

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli blogger who was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan for illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh has asked to be extradited to Israel. Alexander Lapshin, who also holds Russian and Ukrainian citizenship, appealed to Israel to extradite him from Azerbaijan, Haaretz reported, citing Lapshin’s attorney. He...

    Canada strips citizenship of ex-Nazi for a fourth time
    Jul26

    Canada strips citizenship of ex-Nazi for a fourth time

    MONTREAL (JTA) — A 93-year-old ex-Nazi stripped of his Canadian citizenship for an unprecedented fourth time is vowing to appeal the decision yet again. Last week, Canada revoked the citizenship of Helmut Oberlander, a retired developer in Waterloo, Ontario, who has been accused of hiding his Nazi past before obtaining citizenship in 1960. The...

    Billionaire unjustly jailed in Putin’s Russia to represent Jewish ex-Soviet communities
    Jul26

    Billionaire unjustly jailed in Putin’s Russia to represent Jewish ex-Soviet communities

    (JTA) — Eight years after his release from wrongful imprisonment in Russia, the Israeli billionaire Mikhael Mirilashvili was elected to lead the World Jewish Congress Euro-Asian affiliate, representing communities from Ukraine to Singapore. Mirilashvili, who had spent eight years in a Russian prison until 2009 on trumped up charges connected to...

    Israeli blogger sentenced to 3 years in prison in Azerbaijan
    Jul20

    Israeli blogger sentenced to 3 years in prison in Azerbaijan

    JERUSALEM (JTA) — An Israeli blogger who also holds Russian and Ukrainian citizenship was sentenced to three years in prison in Azerbaijan for illegally entering Nagorno-Karabakh, which is disputed territory with Armenia. Alexander Lapshin, 40, of Haifa, writes a Russian-language travel blog called Life Adventures that chronicles his trips to 122...

    Anti-Semitism, Hungary and Netanyahu: What you need to know
    Jul19

    Anti-Semitism, Hungary and Netanyahu: What you need to know

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, left, with Hungarian President Janos Ader in Budapest, July 18, 2017. (Haim Zach/Israeli Government Press Office) (JTA) — To critics of Benjamin Netanyahu, the Israeli prime minister’s visit to Hungary this week was a disgrace and an abandonment of local Jews in their fight against a government...

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