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Auschwitz Hoess’ grandson not the man he seemed to be

BERLIN — About a decade ago, Rainer Hoess began making media appearances to discuss the actions of his grandfather Rudolf, the longest-serving commander of the...

In Brazil, Jewish community a lot more caution than president

By Marcus M. Gilban RIO DE JANEIRO — The bombshell news on July 7 was ironic for some — Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro, one of the world leaders who has most...

Court rules: Pissarro painting belongs to Jewish collector

A French appeals court ruled against an American couple that sought to get back the 1887 painting called La Cueillette des Pois (“Picking Peas”) by French...

In Germany, Judensau goes to federal court

By Toby Axelrod BERLIN — They date back to the late Middle Ages: The Judensau (literally “Jewish sow”) is a Christian folk image that depicts Jews sucking on the...

Austria and Israel get cozy

VIENNA — Austria is led by one of the country’s most remarkable politicians in recent decades: Sebastian Kurz, who was elected chancellor in 2017 at just 31 years...

Jewish sites in Syria, Iraq destroyed

LONDON — Nearly half the Jewish sites in Syria and a quarter of the sites in Iraq have been destroyed, according to a research project. In Iraq, at least 68 out of...

Italian shuls cautiously reopen

ROME — The tables were still covered with open copies of the Book of Esther when Rabbi Yigal Chazan reentered his Milan synagogue this week. The scripture is read...

Sweden reduces restrictions; Jewish community, not

STOCKHOLM — Face masks are a rare sight in Sweden. That’s because the country has taken one of the least restrictive approaches to the coronavirus pandemic in the...

Holocaust hero — or murderer?

AMSTERDAM — In his native Germany and beyond, Hans Calmeyer is celebrated as a hero who saved more Jews from the Holocaust than Oskar Schindler. As a jurist for the...

Dutch king acknowledges guilt

AMSTERDAM — King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands in a memorial day speech acknowledged his great-grandmother’s indifference to the fate of Dutch Jews during the...