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Local expert discusses returning Nazi-looted art

Local expert discusses returning Nazi-looted art

US audiences are abuzz over the film “Woman in Gold,” one Jewish woman’s victorious recovery of a famous portrait the Nazis stole from her uncle in 1938.

Viewed by some as an isolated incident, the historical reality dates back to 1930s Germany when the Nazis began pilfering art from Jews unable to protest.

Holocaust survivors and victims’ relatives first launched their frustrating search for stolen family masterpieces shortly after the war.

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American volunteers broke every rule to fight in 1948 war

American volunteers broke every rule to fight in 1948 warLOS ANGELES — In May, 1948, I was walking down Market Street in San Francisco when I passed a small movie theater with a marquee that announced “The Jews Fight for Their State.” For the first time, it fully hit me that the Jews — by the gentile consensus of the time, mainly cowards and draft dodgers — were actually taking on five vastly superior armies. I took the train back to Berkeley but had a hard time focusing on my studies at the University of California. With the school year n...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 04 June 2015 14:04 )

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No girls allowed? Not for this teen!

No girls allowed? Not for this teen!NEW YORK — Lily Greenberg Call was always passionate about the political process. As a high school freshman, she looked forward to her class on international politics and guerrilla warfare. Though most of the other students in the class were seniors or boys, Call was unfazed. But during a heated discussion, someone said, “No one cares about your opinion, Lily, you’re a girl.” Taken aback, Call, now a senior at the San Diego Jewish Academy, said, “I was shocked because that mentality...
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70-year-old Hitchcock Holocaust documentary retrieved

70-year-old Hitchcock Holocaust documentary retrievedNEW YORK — “This was a woman,” the narrator explains, as the camera pans over a figure so emaciated and burnt that it’s barely recognizable as human. It’s one of the more arresting scenes in “German Concentration Camps Factual Survey,” a highly unusual Holocaust documentary shot and scripted 70 years ago, and crafted with the help of the legendary director Alfred Hitchcock. But it almost didn’t see the light of day. The recently completed film has begun making the rounds, and h...
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Lessons from visit to Dachau

Lessons from visit to Dachau The IJN traveled to Germany as part of a delegation of Jewish communal leaders from Colorado; the delegation was sponsored by MDC Richmond Homes American Foundation. RETURN DACHAU — Is it possible to revisit a place you’ve never been to before? This is a place I never intended to visit. I had opportunity but opted not to come. Yet, it is a return. “I have long contemplated the question of whether you can experience trauma from something you didn’t go through,” says Shayna Alexand...

Last Updated ( Tuesday, 19 May 2015 16:12 )

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Jewish uprising at Treblinka commemorated

Marcy Oster Samuel Willenberg, the last surviving prisoner of Treblinka, attended the ceremony marking the 72nd anniversary of the outbreak of the uprising. ... [Link]

Anti-Semitic graffiti painted on mural on remnants of Berlin Wall

Marcy Oster The attack comes during a week when several thousand Jewish visitors are participating in the first ever European Maccabi Games to be held in Germany. ... [Link]

International Jewish gay conference to honor Jerusalem parade victim

Cnaan Liphshiz Some 70 participants from around the world will convene for the inaugural meeting  in Salzburg of the new think tank, which is called Eighteen:22. ... [Link]

U.S. Jewish groups call on Israel to rein in its Jewish extremists

Marcy Oster The call came in messages condemning the firebombing of a Palestinian home in the West Bank and the stabbing of six people during the Jerusalem Gay Pride parade. ... [Link]

After Palestinian baby’s death, Israelis say condemnation not enough

Ben Sales A string of violent attacks has prompted a broad spectrum of Israelis to call for more aggressive action against Jewish terrorism. ... [Link]

Memorial held for teen killed in gay pride parade stabbing

Marcy Oster Education Minister Naftali Bennett, the head of the right-wing Jewish Home party, told the hundreds of vigil participants, “do not be afraid to be who you are.” ... [Link]

Jewish suspects in deadly firebombing can be held without charges

Marcy Oster Israel’s security Cabinet allows administrative detention, a measure to prevent terrorism, in an attack that killed a baby boy. ... [Link]

Massive Jerusalem fire brought under control amid heatwave

Marcy Oster Some 30 firefighting teams and at least four airplanes battled the blaze, which led to the evacuation of hundreds of people from their homes. ... [Link]

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