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Diary of 'Polish Anne Frank' Emerges After 70 Years in Vault

Heartbreaking journal from Jewish teen Renia Spiegel will be published on Sept. 24

(Newser) - When Renia Spiegel was 15, she started keeping a diary. Now, 70 years later, the journal from the girl some call the "Polish Anne Frank" is set to be published. Per NBC News , Renia's Diary: a Holocaust Journal will be out Sept. 24 after decades stashed in a... More »

Trump Unloads on Jews Who Vote Democrat

The president says it might be a case of 'disloyalty'

(Newser) - Showing a fresh willingness to play politics along religious and racial lines, President Donald Trump said Tuesday that American Jewish people who vote for Democrats show "either a total lack of knowledge or great disloyalty." Trump's claim triggered a quick uproar from critics who said the president... More »

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 »

Jewish-American Fiction's 'Jackie Robinson' Is Dead

Herman Wouk was known for his lengthy historical novels

(Newser) - Herman Wouk, who regaled millions with his bestselling novels about World War II and the Holocaust, died on Friday at his California home. He was 103, NPR reports. The author of sweeping historical novels like The Winds of War and War and Remembrance—as well as the Pulitzer-Prize winning The ... 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 »

He Was High and Mad. His Crime: Toppling Jewish Headstones

Alzado Harris sentenced to probation for 2017 incident in University City, Missouri

(Newser) - When Alzado Harris went to the Chesed Shel Emeth Cemetery in University City, Mo., in February 2017, he was inebriated, high on pot, and peeved at a friend. That's what led to his next act, he confessed to police, per the St. Louis Post-Dispatch : knocking over more than 100... 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 »

Family: We Were Booted Off Flight Because We're Jewish

American Airlines cites a different reason: body odor

(Newser) - A family booted off an American Airlines flight while heading home from vacation says it was due to their religion, while the airline cites a completely different reason: an unpleasant scent. Per an American Airlines statement to Local 10 on Wednesday, Yossi Adler, wife Jennie Adler, and their toddler daughter... More »

Jewish Sect Kidnapped New York Children: Report

Prosecutors charge 4 in late-night abduction

(Newser) - Extremist sect, meet the FBI. Prosecutors have charged four men allegedly involved in kidnapping two New York state children in order to haul them down to an ultra-Orthodox Jewish group in Guatemala, the Journal News reports. Seems Nachman Helbrans, 36, Mayer Rosner, 42, Jacob Rosner, 20—all of Guatemala—coordinated... 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 »

Graffiti at Prof's Office Was So Horrible, 'I Almost Passed Out'

NYPD investigating possible hate crime at Columbia University

(Newser) - "I opened the outer door and almost passed out." It was then that Columbia University professor Elizabeth Midlarsky saw the two large swastikas spray-painted in red on the walls of her office (photo here ), along with an offensive term for Jewish people. Wednesday's scene was deja... 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 »

He Yelled 'Death to All Jews.' Then a Jewish Nurse Treated Him

Ari Mahler describes the 'empathy' he decided to show a wounded Robert Bowers

(Newser) - An Allegheny General Hospital nurse who treated Robert Bowers, the man suspected of killing 11 at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh, after the shooting has stepped forward via a public Facebook post , and he clarifies his identity: "I am The Jewish Nurse." His name is Ari... More »

GOP Candidate Accused of Anti-Semitism Over This Mailer

Connecticut Republican chair says it's 'false outrage' by Dems over Ed Charamut's ad

(Newser) - Just days after the slaying of 11 Jewish congregants at a Pittsburgh synagogue, a GOP candidate for a state Senate seat in Connecticut is accused of sending a mailer using an "age-old anti-Semitic trope." The ad sent out by Ed Charamut includes what the Washington Post calls a... More »

Battered Book Will Help You Pray Like Marilyn Monroe

Actress' Jewish prayer book may fetch up to $8K at auction

(Newser) - A Jewish prayer book that once belonged to Marilyn Monroe will hit the auction block in New York next month, where it's expected to fetch up to $8,000. The book has notes believed to be written by the actress around the time she converted to Judaism in 1956,... More »

DOE Uses 'Contested' Definition of Anti-Semitism to Revisit Case

Department taking new look at 2011 discrimination claims against Jewish students at Rutgers

(Newser) - In a move the New York Times says supports a "hotly contested definition of anti-Semitism," the Department of Education has announced it's vacating a 2014 ruling by the Obama administration and reopening a case against Rutgers University brought by a conservative Zionist group. The case, per Haaretz ... 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 »

Dylann Roof Wants to Fire His 'Biological Enemies': His Lawyers

His current lawyers are Jewish and Indian

(Newser) - Dylann Roof, the convicted white supremacist murderer of nine black churchgoers in Charleston, SC, wants to dismiss and replace his legal team because they are his "political and biological enemies," he says in a handwritten letter filed with the 4th US Circuit Court of Appeals Monday. Roof, who'... 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 »

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 »

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