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‘We Grew Up With These Photographs’

Smuggled out of ghetto, newly discovered photo trove turns out to be family of famous American scholars.

05/03/2016 - 15:54
JTA

When documentary photographer Richard Schofield stumbled upon a trove of unidentified prewar photographs in September 2013 in the storage room of the Sugihara House museum in Kaunas, Lithuania, he knew he had found something special.

Anushka Warshawski, center, smuggled her photo album out of the Kovno ghetto shortly before its liquidation and her death in1943

How A Comic Book Kept This Dutch Jewish Couple Close But Out Of Nazis’ Reach

04/25/2016 - 16:17
JTA

Amsterdam — As a Dutch Jewish couple hiding separately from the Nazis, Emmanuel Joels and Hetty van Son were literally drawn together by a comic book of Emmanuel’s romantic invention.

 

After narrowly avoiding deportation to Auschwitz thanks to a policeman’s tip, the young couple spent 2 1/2 years living less than a mile apart, each in the care of rescuers with ties to the resistance in the city of Apeldoorn, 55 miles east of Amsterdam.

A scan of a page from E. Joels’ graphic novel “Stopmie Dompie Meets the Cannibals.” JTA

Polish Journalist Discovers Local Rabbi Is Not Actually A Rabbi

04/19/2016 - 11:01

Warsaw, Poland — A local journalist in a western Poland city discovered that the local rabbi is not a rabbi, never lived in Israel, is not familiar with Jewish customs, and does not speak or understand Hebrew.

Yaakav Ben Nistell. Via facebook

Belgian Jew Injured In Brussels Attacks Becomes Facebook ‘Voice Of The Wounded’

04/11/2016 - 10:46

In a series of Facebook posts from his hospital bed, a Belgian Jew has documented his recovery from the Brussels terrorist attacks — and become a national symbol of resilience and reconciliation.

Walter Benjamin, right, being visited by Belgian Chief Rabbi Albert Guigui and Executive of Muslims in Belgium President. JTA

Helen Mirren to Host Genesis Prize Award Ceremony for Itzhak Perlman

The Oscar winner will present the 2016 Genesis prize to the acclaimed violinist, educator and community advocate.

04/07/2016 - 10:03
Editorial Intern

Prize...camera...action! All three are sure to be present at the Genesis Prize ceremony in Jersulem this year. The Genesis Prize Foundation announced yesterday that the Academy Award-winning actress will host the ceremony on June 23 honoring Itzhak Perlman, acclaimed violinist, educator, and champion of individuals with disabilities.

Helen Mirren receives the Golden Camera award for her life's work in Germany, in February 2016. Getty Images.

‘Elijah Plus Four French Legion Soldiers’

North of Paris, a beleaguered Jewish community prepares for the seder.

04/05/2016 - 16:26

Saint-Denis, France — After three firebombs hit the synagogue of this poor and heavily Muslim suburb of Paris, municipal authorities advised the local Jewish community to lower its profile.

Many Jewish institutions require constant protection.  Above, soldiers guard a Chabad school in Paris.

Hundreds Of Israeli Firms, Individuals Among Elites Listed In Panama Papers Leak

04/04/2016 - 11:17

Hundreds of Israeli companies and some 850 Israeli shareholders are listed as having offshore accounts in a dump of leaked documents known as the Panama Papers.

These are the countries where governmental staff are implicated in the Panama Papers. Wikimedia Commons

The World’s Largest Seder — In Nepal — Will Go On, Despite Slow Earthquake Recovery

03/31/2016 - 14:48
JTA

When the ground started to shake beneath Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz’s feet, he was praying near a doorway at the Chabad House of Kathmandu, where he lives with his wife, Chani, and their six children.

Rabbi Chezki Lifshitz, right, welcoming hikers into Kathmandu’s Chabad House in March 2012. JTA

Author Imre Kertesz, Holocaust Survivor And Nobel Laureate, Dies At 86

03/31/2016 - 10:50

Imre Kertesz, a Holocaust survivor who won the Nobel Prize for Literature, has died.

Hungarian literature Nobel prize Imre Kertesz at the International Berlin Film Festival in 2005. Getty Images

Study: Associated Press Formally Cooperated With Hitler’s Nazi Regime

03/30/2016 - 12:02

The Associated Press formally cooperated with the Hitler regime, including providing material produced by the Nazis’ propaganda ministry, a German historian alleges in a new study.

German Fuhrer and Nazi leader Adolf Hitler addressing soldiers with his back facing the camera at a Nazi rally in Germany. JTA
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