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German Jews Warned Against Wearing Skullcaps in Public

Israel's president says he is shocked

(Newser) - The German government's top official against anti-Semitism says he wouldn't advise Jews to wear skullcaps in parts of the country, the AP reports. Felix Klein was quoted in an interview with the Funke newspaper group published Saturday as saying that "my opinion has unfortunately changed compared with... More »

Thousands March on American Embassy

Polish nationalists protest US over Holocaust claims

(Newser) - Thousands of Polish nationalists marched to the US Embassy in Warsaw Saturday, protesting that America is putting pressure on Poland to compensate Jews whose families lost property during the Holocaust, the AP reports. The protest took place amid a dramatic rise in anti-Semitic hate speech in public life in Poland... More »

Farrakhan: I Don't Hate Jews, but Some are 'Satanic'

Nation of Islam leader speaks at Catholic church after Facebook ban

(Newser) - A week after he got booted from Facebook over hate speech , Louis Farrakhan spoke in Chicago to defend his name. "I do not hate Jewish people," said the Nation of Islam leader after accepting a controversial invitation to speak at a Catholic church. "Not one that is... More »

Gunman Kills 1, Wounds 3 in Passover Shooting

A suspect was detained near the crime scene

(Newser) - A gunman opened fire in a California synagogue Saturday and took a woman's life in what authorities are calling a hate crime, the New York Times reports. The attacker—described as white, 19, and using an AR-style gun—also wounded three others, including the rabbi, who was shot in... More »

Americans Can Finally See Holocaust Artifacts

700 of them arrived in Manhattan on Sunday

(Newser) - On a Sunday morning, a crane lowered a rusty remnant of the Holocaust onto tracks outside Manhattan's Museum of Jewish Heritage—a vintage German train car like those used to transport men, women, and children to Auschwitz and other Nazi death camps, the AP reports. The windowless boxcar is... More »

2 Separate Massacres, 2 Acts of Kindness Out of Pittsburgh

Jewish group fundraises for NZ mosque victims after Muslims did the same for Tree of Life victims

(Newser) - When the Tree of Life synagogue shooting took place last October, killing 11, Muslims in the Pittsburgh area rallied to raise hundreds of thousands of dollars for the victims and their families. Now, in the wake of the massacre at two Muslim mosques in New Zealand that has taken the... More »

Finland Admits WWII Atrocity

Finnish volunteers in Nazi forces massacred Jews

(Newser) - A senior Israeli Holocaust historian is praising Finnish authorities for publishing a report concluding that Finnish troops likely participated in the mass murder of Jews during World War II, the AP reports. Efraim Zuroff, of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, on Sunday lauded the determination of the National Archives of Finland... More »

Nazis Had Blueprint for an American Holocaust

Canadian archive buys the book from a US seller

(Newser) - Canada's national archive has acquired what may be the blueprint for a Holocaust that never happened—the one in North America, the Guardian reports. Bought from an American bookseller for $4,500, Statistics, Media, and Organizations of Jewry in the United States and Canada by German researcher Heinz Kloss ... More »

For World-Famous Banking Family, an Era Is Over

The Rothschilds sell off historic estate in Austria

(Newser) - Good on your 19th and 20th-century history? Then you'll appreciate that this marks the end of an era, Bloomberg reports. The Rothschild family, once the Habsburg empire's main financier, is selling its last piece of property in Austria. Family heir Bettina Burr has approved the sale of two... More »

United in Fight Against Trump, They're Now Fighting Each Other

Behind-the-scenes controversy for Women's March, with accusations of anti-Semitism, white supremacy

(Newser) - It was one of the biggest marches in US history , and now there's a big controversy brewing behind the scenes. Held on Jan. 21, 2017, the day after President Trump's inauguration, the Women's March drew millions and spurred women nationwide to get into politics, rallying behind Dems... More »

Trudeau: Hitler Tested Us. Canada 'Failed Miserably'

PM apologizes for Canada's 1939 decision to turn away German Jews

(Newser) - In June 1939, more than 900 German Jews fleeing persecution by the Nazis were forced to return to Europe, including 254 who'd later die in concentration camps. Traveling aboard the MS St. Louis, they'd been turned away by the US and Cuba before a group of Canadians urged... More »

41% of Americans Have to Ask, 'What's Auschwitz?'

Survey results show need for Holocaust education: official

(Newser) - Thursday is Holocaust Remembrance Day, and a new survey suggests the day is sorely needed. The results show that many Americans, particularly young adults, lack a basic understanding of the Nazi genocide during World War II. Though 96% of respondents said the Holocaust took place, 31% believe a maximum of... More »

'Bookkeeper of Auschwitz' Dies Without Ever Serving Sentence

Oskar Gröning was tried and convicted of being an accessory to 300K murders

(Newser) - A Nazi serviceman dubbed the "Bookkeeper of Auschwitz" for his role as an accountant at the death camp has died without ever serving out the sentence he received upon being convicted as an accessory to 300,000 murders. Oskar Gröning was 96 when he died Friday at a... More »

Leaders Condemn Putin Over Statements About Jews

Russian president appeared to say Jews could have been behind US election meddling

(Newser) - US leaders are hitting out at Vladimir Putin after statements he made appeared to some to be anti-Semitic. The Russian president was defending his government in an interview with NBC News' Megyn Kelly Saturday when he said Jews may have been behind 2016 election meddling. "Repulsive Putin remark deserves... More »

Dutch Red Cross Admits 'Painful' WWII Truth

Investigation finds it largely abandoned Jews

(Newser) - The Dutch branch of the Red Cross did "little or nothing" to help Jews persecuted by Nazi occupiers in the Netherlands during World War II or those transported to camps elsewhere in Europe, a historian said Wednesday. The conclusions come in Questions of Life and Death: The Netherlands Red ... More »

Rabbis Pull Out of Annual Presidential Conference Call

They're protesting Trump's comments on Charlottesville

(Newser) - A coalition of rabbis won't hold its annual presidential conference call this year, accusing President Trump of showing support for "those who advocate anti-Semitism, racism, and xenophobia," ABC News reports. Per the Washington Post , the coalition—which includes the Rabbinical Assembly, the Central Conference of American Rabbis,... More »

Famed Author to Jews: Trump Just 'Told Us' Who He Is

Author, wife Ayelet Waldman pen withering letter to Jews who support president

(Newser) - The latest to come out against President Trump after his words on Charlottesville: author Michael Chabon and his wife. The writer, who has a Pulitzer Prize under his belt for The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier & Clay, penned "an open letter to our fellow Jews" on Medium . In it,... More »

Nazi 'Death Train' Survivors Get 'Small Measure of Justice'

Roughly 1K Iasi survivors to receive pensions from Germany

(Newser) - After years of fighting for it, about 1,000 living survivors of Nazi persecution in Romania are now eligible for compensation from the German government. The New York-based Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany on Wednesday said Jews who survived the 1941 pogrom in the Romanian city of Iasi... More »

Hold Up, Is Bacon Kosher?

Some biblical scholars argue that not eating bacon is part of broader misunderstanding

(Newser) - Have Jews been depriving themselves of bacon for no reason? A group of biblical scholars makes the argument in Haaretz that the Book of Leviticus, the third in the Old Testament that lays down various laws dictating how Jewish people should live, wasn't actually meant for the laity. Rather,... More »

French Candidate Takes Flak for Comments on Jews in WWII

Marine Le Pen says France not to blame for mass arrest in Paris

(Newser) - Marine Le Pen has been accused in the past of being anti-Semitic, and her words over the weekend on a famous World War II raid didn't help put that allegation to bed. Per Reuters , the far-right French presidential contender spoke to media groups Sunday and referenced the Vel d'... More »

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