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Looted Art Group Claims Works Sold Back To Nazis

Commission hunting down Jewish claims alleges decades-long ‘cover-up.’

07/01/2016 - 14:20
Staff Writer

In the George Clooney movie, “The Monuments Men,” Allied forces towards the end of World War II find and save thousands of paintings and other works of art that had been looted by the Nazis.

“The movie leaves people optimistic and happy that all of the paintings have been found,” said Anne Webber. “What we discovered is the truth of what happened next.”

”The Old Burgtheater,” by Franz Gerasch is a Nazi-looted painting that has been recovered. Holocaust Claims Processing Office

Tunnel Used By Jews In Lithuania To Escape Nazis Uncovered

06/29/2016 - 13:22

Jerusalem — A tunnel in Lithuania used by Jewish prisoners to escape the Nazis has been uncovered by an international research team near Vilnius.

The Holocaust memorial in the Ponar Forest near Vilnius, Lithuania. JTA

Who’s Philip Roth, Again? A ‘Reverse Birthright’

06/29/2016 - 09:04
JTA

Instead of visiting the Western Wall, they visited Ellis Island. Instead of hiking in the Negev Desert, they took a day trip to a Habonim-Dror summer camp. Instead of basking in the sun on the Tel Aviv beach, they watched clips of the Three Stooges mocking the Nazis.

A cohort of Israeli grad students researching American Jewry during New York visit.

Israeli Accessibility NGO Wins UN Praise

06/29/2016 - 08:42
Editorial Intern

In 1999, Yuval Wagner, a former Israeli Air Force pilot, came to a harsh realization: Israeli society was not fully accessible for those with physical disabilities. Wagner, who is confined to a wheelchair due to a helicopter accident, decided to do something about it. Along with his friend Rani Benjamini, he founded Access Israel. 

Access Israel CEO Michal Rimon with volunteers in Tel Aviv as part of group’s “All the Excuses Are Taken” campaign. Guy Taieb

British Jews And Brexit: Hoping For New Leaders

Fears mount as country’s main parties seen in chaos; ultra-rightist Farage is big winner.

06/28/2016 - 10:46
Contributing Editor

If there is one voice that everyone in Britain had heard within a few hours of waking last Friday, it was the ultra-right politician Nigel Farage saying that June 23 should become the UK’s “Independence Day.”

Leader of UKIP & Vote Leave campaign Nigel Farage speaks to media following results of the EU referendum on June 24, 2016. Getty

The Brexit: Six Things You Need To Know

06/27/2016 - 11:24
JTA

Great Britain and the rest of Europe woke up to a new reality Friday as a slim majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union. Markets trembled, British currency crashed and British Prime Minister David Cameron announced his pending resignation. It was a major blow to an alliance formed specifically to avoid a repeat of the nationalist rivalries that led to the First and Second World Wars.

A slim majority of British citizens have voted to leave the European Union. JTA

With Brexit Vote In, Cameron Quits As Brits Vote In Favor Of Leaving EU

06/24/2016 - 09:27

 A majority of British voters said their country should leave the European Union, in a nonbonding referendum whose results prompted the resignation of British Prime Minister David Cameron and caused the British currency to crash.

Prime Minister David Cameron holding a Q&A session on the EU referendum in Birmingham, England, April 5, 2016. JTA

‘Biblical Sheep’ Heading To Israel With Help Of El Al, Canadian Couple

06/21/2016 - 10:32

Toronto – A rare breed of sheep said to be descended from Jacob’s flock referenced in the Bible will be shepherded to Israel with the help of a Canadian Jewish couple and Israel’s national airline.

Gil and Jenna Lewinsky posing with their “biblical sheep.” JTA

J Street Now Key Player In BDS War

Dovish lobby on front line in fight as new outreach effort to progressives emerges.

06/21/2016 - 22:18
Staff Writer

Since its founding in 2008, J Street, the “pro-Israel, pro-peace” lobby, has been unabashedly critical of Israel’s continuing occupation of the West Bank and east Jerusalem, and many in the mainstream Jewish community treated the group as a pariah.

BDS activity at Columbia University. Can liberals better engage other liberals in Israel-bias fight? Hannah Dreyfus/JW

94-Year-Old Former Nazi Sentenced To Five Years in Prison

The SS guard, who served at Auschwitz, was found guilty of 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

06/20/2016 - 12:36
Editorial Intern

Reinhold Hanning spent the early part of his 20’s as an SS guard at the Auschwitz death camp, during which time hundreds of thousands of Hungarian Jews were killed. Now, Hanning, 94, will spend the latter years of his 90’s in prison after a German court sentenced him to five years on 170,000 counts of accessory to murder.

Former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning is seen in court in Detmold, Germany on February 26, 2016. Getty Images
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