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Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA
Cnaan Liphshiz, JTA

Russian President Vladimir Putin speaking with Chief Rabbi of Russia Berel Lazar, 2016. (Alexei Druzhinin/AFP/Getty)

Was Putin’s invocation of ‘Jew’ lost in translation?

MOSCOW — When Boruch Gorin, a rabbi in Moscow, traveled for the first time from Russia to the US, a US Customs officer asked him whether he was Russian. “I said,...

March of the Living participants at Auschwitz, 2017. (Omar Marques/Anadolu Agency/Getty)

What will happen to Poland trips?

NEW YORK — Three years ago, Shaul de Malach had no problem joining fellow educators from his country on a trip to former Nazi death camps in Poland. Like tens of...

Sipora looking out the window of her daughter's Netherlands home, Feb. 15, 2018.

Jewish Iranian refugee awaits her fate in the Netherlands

UTRECHT, Netherlands — To the dozens of revelers of this city’s main Purim party, a Jewish grandmother who cooks the event’s annual Persia-themed holiday feast is...

An etching of Sabbatai Sevi (Wikimedia Commons)

Muslims’ reverence for the eccentric Sabbatei Sevi

ULCINJ, Montenegro — Throughout 1988, Jusuf Lika had debilitating migraines and sensory disruptions that doctors blamed on the chemicals in the darkroom where he had...

Rexhep Hoxha, left, and Fatos Qoqja, pictured with a medal that Qoqja's father received for saving Jews during the Holocaust.

Albanian Muslims saved Jews

TIRANA, Albania — Most anywhere else in Nazi-occupied Europe, an encounter with police would have likely sealed the fate of Jewish refugees like Nissim and Sarah...

Jan Zwartendijk pictured with one of the transit visas he issued.

Jan Zwartendijk: Unsung Holocaust hero

YAOTSU, Japan — Like other journalists and researchers, I traveled all the way to this rural area to gain a better understanding of the actions of Chiune Sugihara, one...

Jonny Daniels, foreground, and Robert Skrupa, a From the Depths volunteer, digging up fragments of Jewish headstones in eastern Poland, 2015.

From Polish gravestones to politics

MIEDZYRZEC PODLASKI, Poland — In a snowy woods near the border with Belarus, Jonny Daniels pulls muddy fishing waders over the pants of his tailored business suit and...

Nissim Guedj at his kosher meat shop in Amsterdam.

Kosher butchers in Europe face closure

PARIS — When Jerry Levy’s family opened one of the first gourmet kosher meat shops in France, they had some of the country’s best-laid business plans. Hailing from...

Heinz-Christian Strache of Austria's Freedom Party.

Austria’s complicated treatment of the Holocaust

VIENNA — When it comes to the Holocaust, Austria has made a lot of progress assuming responsibility. In recent years, Austrian officials have consistently acknowledged...

Thousands of nationalists marched through Warsaw, Nov. 11, 2017. (Jakob Ratz/Pacific Press/LightRocket via Getty)

How extremist is Poland?

WARSAW — The sight of far-right activists waving racist banners and shouting anti-Semitic slogans during a nationalist march in the capital of Poland last weekend...