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First steps to identify trove of Holocaust-era art found in Munich

First steps to identify trove of Holocaust-era art found in Munich

BERLIN — The extraordinary disclosure last week that a trove of more than 1,400 vanished artworks were found in a Munich apartment has raised more questions than it has answered.

What were these works, which were produced by masters such as Chagall, Matisse and Picasso?

Who are their rightful owners?

And where is Cornelius Gurlitt, the son of a Holocaust-era art dealer in whose apartment they were found?

Responding to growing international pressure, German authorities have begun to offer some preliminary answers.

Last Updated ( Friday, 15 November 2013 03:07 )

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Montreal chasidic woman makes history

Montreal chasidic woman makes historyTORONTO — A 24-year-old esthetician, Mindy Pollak, became the first chasidic woman to hold public office in Montreal. Pollak, a member of the Vishnitzer sect, defeated four candidates to win her race for the municipal council on Sunday, Nov. 3, in the Outremont borough. She garnered about 35% of the vote in a district that is home to an estimated 5,000 chasidim. Among the candidates she defeated was Pierre Lacerte, an anti-chasidim blogger in Montreal.
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Man charged in Salt Lake shul attack

Man charged in Salt Lake shul attackSALT LAKE CITY — A 21-year-old Utah man was indicted on federal hate crimes charges for firing shots at a Salt Lake City synagogue last year. Macon Michael Openshaw of Salt Lake City was charged Oct. 30 in US District Court there for allegedly firing several rounds from a handgun, breaking windows and damaging a window frame at the Kol Ami synagogue sometime between January and April, 2012, the Salt Lake Tribune reported. A search of Openshaw’s home revealed the Walther .22 caliber handgun...

Last Updated ( Thursday, 07 November 2013 14:19 )

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Rabbi Sergio Bergman elected to Argentine parliament

Rabbi Sergio Bergman elected to Argentine parliamentBUENOS AIRES — When he takes the oath of office in December as a new member of Argentina’s lower house of parliament, Rabbi Sergio Bergman will eschew the Christian Bible used by other legislators in favor of the Five Books of Moses. Bergman, whose PRO party won 34.5% of the vote in parliamentary elections on Sunday, Oct. 27, is believed to be the only rabbi seated in a national parliament outside Israel. PRO, which Bergman leads, edged the runner-up UNEN party, which captured just over 32...

Last Updated ( Monday, 04 November 2013 06:57 )

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Anger over prisoner release

Anger over prisoner release JERUSALEM — Israel’s peace talks with the Palestinians remain mostly shrouded in secrecy, but one thing is certain: The Palestinian prisoner release that paved the way for their resumption is increasing tensions in Israel’s governing coalition. Israel completed the second stage of the four-part release on Tuesday, Oct. 29, setting free 26 prisoners who had committed crimes — mostly murders — before the Israeli-Palestinian peace process began in 1993. The first stage of the prisoner r...
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Warsaw marks ghetto uprising

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Israel asks Bangkok police to ramp up security for Israeli tourists

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Poker ace skips pair of mom’s seders, wins $1 million at tourney

Marcy Oster A Montreal man who skipped both seders at his mother’s home in Florida to play in a poker tournament took home the $1 million title. ... [Link]

Ukrainian synagogue firebombed

Marcy Oster The main synagogue in the Ukrainian city of Nikolayev was firebombed. ... [Link]

Egyptian police seize Jewish artifacts being smuggled to Belgium

Marcy Oster Egyptian police seized a collection of Jewish artifacts from a local port as they were about to be smuggled to Belgium. ... [Link]

K.C. suspect said world should be rid of Jews

Marcy Oster The Missouri white supremacist charged in the Kansas City killings told a Manhattan rabbi that “we have to get rid” of every Jew. ... [Link]

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