Ex-Auschwitz guard, 95, dies while appealing conviction by German court

(JTA) – A former Nazi SS guard who was sentenced to five years in prison by a German court for his role as an accessory in the murder of at least 170,000 people in the Auschwitz-Birkenau extermination camp in Poland has died.

Reinhold Hanning’s lawyer told Reuters he found out about his client’s death on Tuesday, and did not go public with it until Thursday, and did not say what was the cause of death beyond noting that his client was elderly. Hanning, 95, was appealing his conviction and remained free at the time of his death. [Read more…]


Palestinian woman who stabbed Israeli soldier is shot, critically wounded

(JTA) – A Palestinian woman was critically wounded by Israeli troops after she stabbed an Israeli soldier guarding the entrance to a West Bank settlement.

The woman, reported to be in her 20s, on Thursday morning used a screwdriver with a white handle to stab the soldier guarding the entrance gate to the Mevo Dotan settlement in the northern West Bank, according to the Israel Defense Forces.

Other soldiers at the scene shot the assailant, critically wounding her, the IDF said. She was treated at the scene and then evacuated to Hillel Yaffe hospital in Hadera for treatment.  The soldier was taken to the same hospital.