Ukrainian Jews with combat skills formed a rapid intervention force to stop anti-Semitic attacks.
The force, which was set up in recent weeks, currently is made up of eight men who served in the Ukrainian or Israeli armies or have martial arts skills, the team’s founder, Tzvi Arieli, told JTA Thursday.
When photographer Frederic Brenner decided to invite a group of the finest photographers in the world to spend time in Israel and the West Bank to create their own portraits of the place, some were intrigued and others were wary of being used for political gain, or were just not interested enough. But Brenner is a man of huge enthusiasm, persistence and vision, and ultimately convinced 11 men and women to take up his invitation to see a land more complicated than headlines suggest. At the same time, he convinced funders to contribute several millions of dollars. The result is an...
Warsaw — Seven decades after Jan Karski, a low-ranking ex-military officer and Polish diplomat, risked his life to tell the world about the Nazis’ extermination of Europe’s Jews, Poland is telling the world about Karski.
For several centuries, Ukraine earned a reputation as a center of anti-Semitism. Mobs looted the homes of Jewish merchants in the 12th century, there were murderous pogroms in the 17th century and Jewish shops were vandalized in the 19th. The 20th century was no better, with Ukrainian nationalists massacring Jews during World War II followed by crude anti-Semitic propaganda during decades of communist rule.