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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...

When a saver of lives needs to be saved

By Josh Hasten United Hatzalah of Israel, the country’s largest independent volunteer emergency medical response organization, put on an online telethon on May 3 to...

How to run a marathon — on your balcony

PARIS — Elisha Nochomovitz, a 32-year-old French Jew, was to be among the 17,000 participants in the Barcelona Marathon on March 15. But the marathon, one of...

Italy: ‘Smell of death all around’

MILAN — At least twice a day, Micol Naccache breaks down in tears over what the coronavirus is doing to her city of Milan and its Jewish community. A high school...

Coronavirus: family separation in Italy

ROME — The outbreak of the coronavirus in northern Italy forced Claudia Bagnarelli to make a painful choice. “To keep visiting my 94-year-old mother, I needed to...

Coronavirus affects Passover getaways

NEW YORK — For the past three years, Esther Possick has avoided the hassle of hosting Passover at her Long Island home by traveling to kosher hotels in foreign...

Mauthausen — 75 years later

By Larry Luxner MAUTHAUSEN, Austria — Under a bright blue sky, with Austria’s snow-capped Alps in the distance, Racheli Kreisberg set foot for the first time inside...