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Dutch thrift shop returns Holocaust relic

Dutch thrift shop returns Holocaust relic

AMSTERDAM — Two months before they were deported from the Netherlands to Auschwitz, Louis Barzelay and Flora Snatager invited a few guests to their wedding in Amsterdam.

Instead of the yellow star he was legally required to wear, Louis wore a white flower on his lapel as he posed with Flora in a doorway for their wedding photo.

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Lithuania finally faces the Holocaust

Lithuania finally faces the HolocaustVILNIUS — Lithuanian novelist Ruta Vanagaite was astonished when a reporter for a popular television station demanded to see her birth certificate to ascertain the veracity of claims that she is Jewish. The question came during an interview about Vanagaite’s latest book, Musiskiai (“Our People”), a travelogue about the Holocaust consisting of interviews with witnesses to the atrocities perpetrated by Lithuanians against their Jewish neighbors.
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Untold memoirs: Found in Auschwitz in 1945, published in 2015

Untold memoirs: Found in Auschwitz in 1945, published in 2015FOR EVERY Holocaust memoir or oral history, how many millions remain untold? The recent publication of a diary 70 years after the liberation of Auschwitz is testament to the fact that every Holocaust victim had a story, but not every one had the opportunity to tell it or have it heard. That we can now read the diary of Rywka Lipszyc, a resident of the Lodz Ghetto, more than 70 years after the Nazis’ attempted incineration of it, is a harsh reminder of all the other incinerated stories — wh...
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Non-shuls: non members...lots of participants

Non-shuls: non members...lots of participantsNEW YORK — In the summer of 2011, Lizzi Heydemann returned to her native Chicago to establish a Jewish community loosely modeled on Ikar, the Los Angeles congregation where she had spent two years as a rabbinic intern. She set about harvesting email addresses and putting out the word on social media. Heydemann called her community Mishkan — the Hebrew word for the mobile sanctuary built by the ancient Israelites from communal donations.
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Eichmann artifacts on global exhibition

Eichmann artifacts on global exhibitionNEW YORK — The Mossad, Israel’s super-secret spy agency, is known for a lot of things: deep cover missions; swift, targeted strikes; a global web of intelligence that leaders the world over have learned to respect and fear. What it isn’t known for is spilling secrets. So when Israel’s Beit Hatfutsot-The Museum of the Jewish People announced that it was taking its landmark 2012 exhibition on the capture and trial of SS henchman Adolf Eichmann on a 2016 world tour, eyebrows were immediat...
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Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN RAFAEL, Calif. (JTA) – “Why can’t we eat veggie burritos tonight? Will I be miracled? Will they play ‘The Wheel?’ Will Phil sing?” These four additional questions were asked at a Passo... [Link]

Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which end... [Link]

Can you help a kibbutznik find his American relatives?

mbrodsky SEEKING KIN The “Seeking Kin” column aims to help reunite long-lost relatives and friends. (JTA) – “If only” – it’s the most common regret expressed by “Seeking Kin” interviewees, an... [Link]

Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid... [Link]

Netanyahu calls for ‘direct, bilateral negotiations’ with Palestinians

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said Israel is ready to start “direct, bilateral negotiations” with the Palestinians. The invitation, which Netanyahu has repeated... [Link]

Palestinians riot as Jewish worshippers visit Joseph’s Tomb

Marcy Oster JERUSALEM (JTA) — Palestinians in Nablus attacked Israeli soldiers escorting a convoy of Jewish worshippers who entered the West Bank city to visit Joseph’s Tomb. The 26 busloads of worshi... [Link]

Sides swap character attacks in trial over Bay Area’s Koret Foundation

Andrew Silow-Carroll SAN FRANCISCO (J., the Jewish news weekly of Northern California via JTA) — A civil trial focused on control of the $500 million Koret Foundation is pitting its founder’s widow, Susan Koret, a... [Link]

As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

Cnaan Liphshiz BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that... [Link]

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