Netanyahu planning landmark visits to Argentina and Mexico

(JTA) – Benjamin Netanyahu is planning trips to Argentina and Mexico in September that would make him the first sitting Israeli prime minister to visit Latin America.

Netanyahu is scheduled to visit the region before flying directly to New York to address the United Nations General Assembly on Sept. 19, according to The Jerusalem Post. He would return to Israel for Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 20. [Read more…]

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Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to U.S. Holocaust museum

(JTA) – The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An agreement for this transfer was signed on Friday in Buenos Aires between Argentina´s Secretary of International Cooperation Ernesto Gaspari and USHMM representative Samanta Casareto. [Read more…]

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DNA identified in AMIA Jewish centre bombing points to suicide attack

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – A new set of DNA has been identified among the 85 fatalities in the AMIA Jewish centre attack in Buenos Aires, strengthening the hypothesis that the 1994 attack was carried out by a suicide bomber.

The discovery was announced Monday by the AMIA Special Investigation Unit of the General Prosecution two weeks before the 23rd anniversary of the bombing, which also injured hundreds. The final report after two years of investigation by a forensics team reveals for the first time the existence of a genetic profile among the reserved remains in the laboratory of the Federal Police that “doesn’t belong to any known victims.” [Read more…]

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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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