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Untold memoirs: Found in Auschwitz in 1945, published in 2015

Untold memoirs: Found in Auschwitz in 1945, published in 2015

FOR 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 — whether put to paper or extant only in the victims’ minds.

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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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Destruction in pictures: Book created at Bergen-Belsen

Destruction in pictures: Book created at Bergen-BelsenTHE BOOK is rare, unusual and horrifying. Its title, listed on separate pages in Yiddish, English, German and Hebrew — Our Destruction in Pictures — states explicitly what lies inside the book’s covers. Within are 115 photographs, some fairly benign, some troubling and some horrific, that visually tell the story of what happened to the Jews of Europe during the Holocaust perpetrated by Nazi Germany. The large format volume — in reality, a bound photo album with captions — was publis...
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If you could save a terrorist, what should you do?

Several years ago, a terrorist attempted to kill a Jewish boy in the center of Jerusalem. Thank G-d, the boy was only slightly wounded. People at the scene chased angrily after the terrorist, seeking revenge. Suddenly, a woman (who worked for a religious newspaper) arrived at the scene and shielded the terrorist with her body, thus saving him from blows and possible death. Did this woman act in accordance with Jewish law by saving the terrorist?
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GOP-Trump joint finance team includes 5 Republican Jewish donors

Ron Kampeas WASHINGTON (JTA) — Donald Trump and the Republican National Committee announced a fund-raising team that includes five current or former Republican Jewish Coalition board members. Of 20 members ... [Link]

Warmonger or humanitarian? Getting to know Avigdor Liberman, Bibi’s enigmatic pick for defense minister

Ron Kampeas Yes, there’s the Avigdor Liberman who wants to behead bad guys, mandate loyalty oaths and pay Arabs to leave the country — the one who makes fun of the disabled and who dodged a fraud charge.... [Link]

‘Game of Thrones’ welcomes Israeli actress-singer

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Russian-Israeli actress Ania Bukstein recently joined the cast of the hit HBO series “Game of Thrones.” Bukstein, a Moscow native who immigrated to Israel at 8, plays Red Priestess Kinva... [Link]

At Museum of the Jewish People, an iconic exhibit of miniature synagogues breaks new ground

Lisa Keys TEL AVIV (JTA) — In 1978, when Beit Hatfutsot-Museum of the Jewish People opened, it did something big. But it did it in the smallest way possible. Among the museum’s first exhibits was a gallery ... [Link]

UK golf ‘full’ of anti-Semitism, Jewish ex-BBC chair claims

Julie Wiener (JTA) — A British media mogul who headed the BBC has accused the United Kingdom’s golf scene of being “full” of anti-Semitism, saying a prominent club banned him in the 1980s because he is J... [Link]

Israeli Foreign Ministry failing in fight against BDS, report says

Julie Wiener (JTA) — Israel’s Foreign Ministry is badly mismanaging the fight against the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement, according to a state comptroller’s report. In a report released Tuesday, ... [Link]

We can help Kosovo become fertile ground for religious pluralism

Andrew Silow-Carroll HOBOKEN, N.J. (JTA) — Kosovo is a “newborn” country, a majority Muslim state that fought for its independence from Serbia only eight years ago. Yet it has erected a Holocaust memorial outsid... [Link]

Spanish Jews threaten legal action against lawmaker for ‘foreign agent’ comment

Cnaan Liphshiz (JTA) — Spain’s main Jewish group threatened legal action against a local lawmaker for calling a community leader “a foreign agent.” Benet Salellas espoused “the most repugnant ... [Link]

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