Trove of Nazi objects in Argentina stuns investigators

Some of the Nazi-era objects discovered by Argentine police. (Leonardo Kremenchuzky/DAIA)
Some of the Nazi-era objects discovered by Argentine police. (Leonardo Kremenchuzky/DAIA)

Some of the Nazi-era objects discovered by Argentine police. (Leonardo Kremenchuzky/DAIA)

Among other objects, police found medical devices marked with swastikas. (Leonardo Kremenchuzky/DAIA)

Among other objects, police found medical devices marked with swastikas. (Leonardo Kremenchuzky/DAIA)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A cache of 75 original Nazi objects discovered earlier this month by the Argentine Federal Police has been evaluated as “unprecedented” and “the biggest” discovery of its type.

The objects, discovered earlier this month in a hidden room of a house in the northern part of the city, included equipment used for Nazi medical experiments during the Holocaust. They were analyzed a week ago at Interpol headquarters in Lyon, France, Federal Police Commissioner Marcelo El Haibe told JTA on Monday. [Read more…]

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Ex-Marine receives AJC Moral Courage Award for rescuing Israeli embassy bombing victim

(JTA) – The American Jewish Committee presented its Moral Courage Award to B.G. Willison, an American citizen who rescued Lea Kovensky, a survivor of the 1992 bombing of the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires, as well as other injured victims.

Willison, then a 24-year-old U.S. Marine stationed in Argentina, was off duty at a café when he heard the explosion and ran to the scene. [Read more…]

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Holocaust survivor, 91, celebrates her bat mitzvah in Buenos Aires

Holocaust survivor Eugenia Unger, 91, of Buenos Aires celebrates her bat mitzvah. (Facebook screenshot)
Holocaust survivor Eugenia Unger, 91, of Buenos Aires celebrates her bat mitzvah. (Facebook screenshot)

Holocaust survivor Eugenia Unger, 91, of Buenos Aires celebrates her bat mitzvah. (Facebook screenshot)

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Eugenia Unger, who usually displays the number tattooed on her arm by the Nazis, covered it with her Shabbat clothes and her tallit as she celebrated her bat mitzvah eight decades late.

Unger, 91, a native pf Poland who survived the Majdanek and Auschwitz concentration camps and often talks about her experiences at the Buenos Aires Holocaust Museum and in schools, was called to the Torah on Saturday at the Herzliya Jewish community centre and temple in Buenos Aires. [Read more…]

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UNESCO exhibit about Jews in Israel opens in Buenos Aires

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A UNESCO exhibition about the Jewish presence in the land of Israel that sparked controversy has gone on display for the first time translated into Spanish.

“People, Book, Land: The 3,500 Year Relationship of the Jewish People with the Holy Land,” which was co-created by the Simon Wiesenthal Center, is on display at the government Centro Cultural Kirchner in Buenos Aires through March 31. [Read more…]

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Argentine president to hold historic meeting with Israeli survivors of 1992 embassy bombing

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – For the first time, an Argentine president will meet with the Israeli survivors and relatives of victims of the 1992 terrorist attack against the Israeli Embassy in Buenos Aires.

President Mauricio Macri will host a group of 30 Israelis on Friday morning at his official residence prior to a ceremony marking 25 years since the bombing, which killed 29 and injured more than 200. [Read more…]

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Pope Francis tells Alberto Nisman’s family that he prays for his memory

(JTA) – Pope Francis told the former wife of the late Argentine special prosecutor Alberto Nisman that he prays for Nisman’s memory and their two daughters.

Sandra Arroyo Salgado, a federal judge in Argentina, asked the pope during their brief audience Wednesday at a hall near the Vatican to “keep praying to find the truth” of Nisman’s still-mysterious death. Salgado told Argentine radio La Red that the meeting she and her daughters had with the pope was “touching and repairing.” [Read more…]

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Tributes to Alberto Nisman express hope that mystery of his death will be solved

People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)
People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

People at a vigil on the first anniversary of Argentinian prosecutor Alberto Nisman’s death in Buenos Aires, Jan. 18, 2016. . (Omer Musa Targal/Anadolu Agency/Getty Images)

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – Two years  after  the  still mysterious  death  of  AMIA Jewish centre bombing  prosecutor  Alberto  Nisman  the  organizers  of   tributes  to  his  memory  appear hopeful that the circumstances of his death will be clarified.

Tributes were held both in Argentina and Israel on Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Death of AMIA prosecutor Alberto Nisman to be marked as investigation continues

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) – The late special prosecutor into the bombing of the AMIA Jewish centre, Alberto Nisman, will be remembered both in Argentina and Israel on the second anniversary of his still-mysterious death, as the investigation into whether it was a murder or suicide continues.

Federal prosecutor Eduardo Taiano, who is investigating the cause of death, reportedly is analyzing whether Nisman’s death occurred on Jan. 18, 2015, the night when the body was found, or the previous day. In that case Diego Lagomarsino, a colleague of Nisman who currently is under investigation for lending Nisman a gun on Jan. 17, could move more into the spotlight since he was in Nisman’s apartment twice that day. [Read more…]

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