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Romania faces Holocaust history

BUCHAREST — Touring the US Holocaust Memorial Museum in 2005, Romanian President Traian Basescu was unprepared to confront some painful truths. Facing a photograph...

Film sparks renewed interest in 2006 anti-Semitic murder

SAINTE-GENEVIEVE-DES-BOIS, France —— The phone calls from Africa, the calm demeanor of the suspects and their extreme caution left no doubt in the minds of detectives...

Edgar Bronfman flexed muscles for Jewish causes

NEW YORK — In 1992, Edgar Bronfman was preparing to leave North America for Paris for his first meeting with then-French President Francois Mitterand at the Elysee...

Morocco place to go for Israeli mafia?

JERUSALEM — Surrounded by dozens of adoring followers at his grandson’s wedding this summer, Eliezer Berland looked like any other chasidic rebbe marking a family...

Giant menorah in Holland signifies friendship

BERLIKUM, Netherlands — In a windswept parking lot near the North Sea shore, Klaas Zijlstra stands motionless as he admires his latest creation. It’s the first time he...

Following Kristallnacht, 75 years ago, the Jews of Strasbourg knew to expect the worst

STRASBOURG, France — His hearing isn’t what it used to be, but Georges Loinger still remembers Adolf Hitler’s voice emanating from the radio at his Strasbourg home....

Museum on Belgian shipping line stirs debate on Holocaust history

ANTWERP — With the confidence befitting a septuagenarian grandmother, Ellen Bledsoe-Rodriguez briskly leads her family past the beer stalls and DJs that dot the Flemish...

Jewish shtetl amid Muslim majority

KRASNAIYA SLOBODA, Azerbaijan — Even at 70, Yedidia Yehuda can negotiate a narrow mountain path in northern Azerbaijan with a confidence easily mistaken for...

Rabbi vs. rabbi in Poland

WARSAW — A few weeks before Poland’s parliament voted last month on whether to overturn a ban on ritual slaughter, Rabbi Menachem Margolin was scheduled to meet the...

Witness tells of North Korean camps

BRUSSELS — When guards dragged Shin Dong-hyuk from his North Korean cell in 1995, he was pretty sure the end was near. Dong-hyuk, then just 13, was born in the...