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Warsaw Demolishing Ghetto Wall, Promises Reconstruction

04/01/2014 - 20:00

WARSAW — Workers began demolishing a wall in Warsaw near the spot where Jews were gathered for transport to the Treblinka concentration camp.

Leaders Conflicted On Pollard Release As Talks Teeter

Some question tying convicted spy to peace negotiations.

04/01/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Jewish leaders here expressed conflicted emotions and policy differences this week about reports that President Barack Obama was willing to consider the release of imprisoned Israeli spy Jonathan Pollard as part of a last-minute bid to keep alive Palestinian-Israeli peace talks.

Reports of a deal for Jonathan Pollard’s release appeared to fall through Tuesday.

Spanish Citizenship, 500 Years Late

Some 150,000 Jews may soon apply if Madrid ‘reverses injustice’ of Inquisition, opening business and family ties for many.

03/24/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

A member of New York’s Sephardic community approached Dina Siegel Vann, director of the American Jewish Committee’s Latino and Latin American Institute, after a luncheon at the AJC headquarters in Manhattan last week.

Spanish Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz-Gallardon speaking last week in New York. Courtesy of AJC

In Hungary, Nationalist Rhetoric On The Rise

As Jobbik popularity grows, ruling party sounding ominous notes.

03/24/2014 - 20:00
JTA

Budapest, Hungary — A lone heckler tried to disrupt him, but Hungarian lawmaker Janos Hargitai was undeterred as he spoke earlier this month at a memorial day gathering in Hungary commemorating the 1848 revolution there.

A rally in Budapest against government plan to erect a statue presenting Hungary as an innocent victim of Nazi occupation. JTA

Iran Hiker Josh Fattal: Captors Knew I Was Jewish

03/16/2014 - 20:00

Josh Fattal, an American hiker freed by Iran in September 2011 after two years in captivity, said the Iranians knew he was Jewish even though it was never explicitly stated.

“I was so scared in those first months about being a Jew with an Israeli father, but at a certain point I embraced it,” Fattal told the Philadelphia Jewish Exponent. “They know already. If they are going to do something to me for my heritage, then they will — but I am not going to change myself. I am not going to hide who I am.”

Jewish Baseball Cards Go Global

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

There are few harbingers of spring more true than the appearance of the season’s first baseball cards — and all the more when every player’s card is a member of your team, as with the new 50-card set of Jewish Major Leaguer cards.

Card for Tigers’ new manager Brad Ausmus.

Where Have You Gone, Sandy Koufax?

Catching up with the baseball legend, as the 50th anniversary of his iconic Yom Kippur day off approaches. An exclusive Jewish Week interview.

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

“I can’t picture people talking about me 50 years from now.”

— Sandy Koufax in a 1965 Sports Illustrated interview.

The most famous Jewish left hand in sports history pitches. Courtesy of Los Angeles Dodgers

Yizkor For The Hungarian Shoah

This is the 70th anniversary of the Holocaust coming to Hungary.

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Editor's Note: Click here for a news update on the 70th anniversary of the Hungarian Shoah.

In the Hungarian village of Csenger, by the banks of the river Smoosh, in the pages in a yizkor book, a dead man tells a tale. It is 1938. “Nine o’clock one Shabbos morning, people could be seen gathering together near the big market place,” looking up at the sky. “I was also standing there,” says the witness, “and in the middle of the crowd was a man with black glasses (probably binoculars) who kept passing them around in the crowd, and people kept looking upward … they saw two suns, one near the next.” Some say “the world is coming to an end.” The elders remembered this omen from 1914, before the terrible war.

Hungarian Jews rounded up in Budapest in 1944. Wikimedia Commons

Hungarian Jews Today Face Shoah Distortion

Bigotry, Holocaust distortion confront a community balancing fear and hope.

03/11/2014 - 20:00
Associate Editor

Seventy years after the decimation of Hungarian Jewry in 1944, the surviving community is balancing fear and hope in a country that has rarely rewarded the latter.

Members of the Hungarian Jewish community and their supporters protest the election of a far-right party. Getty Images

Will Ukraine Crisis Have Fallout For Iran Nuclear Talks?

Most foreign policy experts say stakes are too high for Russia to use issue against West.

03/10/2014 - 20:00
JTA

Washington — The world powers holding a new round of nuclear talks with Iran starting next week are divided by another issue of geopolitical importance: the crisis in Ukraine.

The first fuel is loaded at Iran’s Bushehr nuclear power plant in August 2010. Getty Images
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