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For Survivor, A Hands-on Tribute To Pope John Paul II

Prominent sculptor’s work will be donated to Warsaw church in ‘act of interfaith harmony.’

04/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Warsaw — A Holocaust survivor and member of the wartime resistance, Polish-born Samuel Willenberg says he was particularly affected by the death nine years ago of the Polish-born pope, John Paul II.

Samuel Willenberg's sculpture of Pope John Paul II, which depicts him reaching out to a Torah scroll.

Ukraine’s Jews Seen Safe Despite Appearances

Both sides in Russian-Ukrainian public relation battle condemn anti-Semitism, says visiting leader of Ukrainian Jewry.

04/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.

Josef Zissels says many American Jews exaggerate the anti-Semitic threat in Ukraine.  Adina Kissner

Remembering Shoah Hero Jan Karski In Poland And U.S.

Diplomat alerted world to atrocities of Holocaust.

04/29/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.

Jan Karski, at Yad Vashem, is being honored posthumously in Poland this year. Courtesy of Polish History Museum

Shooting The ‘Promise’ Of ‘This Place’

Photographer Frederic Brenner’s massive Israel project seeks to see beyond the conflict.

04/29/2014 - 20:00
Culture Editor

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 unprecedented international creative initiative launching this spring.

A young family of shepherds in Brenner’s “Judean Hills." Courtesy of Howard Greenberg Gallery

Reform Jews Land Victory In Lawsuit Against Hungary

04/24/2014 - 20:00

Dresden, Germany  — European Reform Jews landed what they said was an important victory in their legal fight for equal recognition and funding from the governments of Hungary and Poland.

Remembering Shoah Hero Jan Karski In Poland And U.S.

Diplomat alerted world to atrocities of Holocaust.

04/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

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.

Jan Karski photographed at Yad Vashem. Michal Fajbusiewicz/Polish History Museum

Millennials Altering Landscape Of Holocaust Remembrance

The grandchildren of survivors ‘seeking their own liturgy’ in marking Shoah trauma in iconoclastic ways.

04/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

In Edinburgh, Scotland, youth worker Jonathan Litewski McKean, whose grandmother was a Holocaust survivor, decides to honor her legacy in a personal way. Next month, on his 26th birthday, he will have her concentration camp number tattooed on his left arm.

In Jane Korman’s video “Dancing Auschwitz,” her father, a survivor, and her children mark his experience in unorthodox fashion.

U.S. Victims Of Hamas Terror Quietly Winning Money From Iran

Millions from sale of Queens house, other seized assets going to American citizens

04/23/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

The house, a handsome, three-story Tudor, sits on a leafy street in the posh Forest Hills Gardens section of Queens. Unbeknownst to all but a handful of people, it was the subject of a heated tug-of-war between the Iranian government and relatives of a former Bronx butcher who died of injuries sustained in a Jerusalem suicide bombing.

Bronx native Stuart Hersh, who was injured in 1997 Ben Yehuda mall attack, won judgment against Iran.

Old Traditions, New Faces At Polish Seders

Twenty-five years after the fall of Communism, more signs of renewed Jewish life in small community.

04/22/2014 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Wroclaw, Poland — The American-born chief rabbi of Lower Silesia stood at the head table of the community seders in the historic White Stork Synagogue here last week and witnessed, in a single glance, the changes in the last 25 years of post-communist Polish Jewish life.

Rabbi Tyson Herberger, inset, led the communal seder at White Stork Synagogue in Wroclaw. Wikimedia Commons

Flyers Call On Ukrainian Jews To Register With Pro-Russian Separatists

04/16/2014 - 20:00

Pro-Russian separatists from Donetsk in eastern Ukraine denied any involvement in the circulation of flyers calling on Jews to register with separatists and pay special taxes.

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