Firecracker explodes near Israeli journalist in Berlin while reporting in Hebrew

Israeli reporter Antonia Yamin reporting from Berlin just before a firecracker exploded. (Screenshot/Twitter)
Israeli reporter Antonia Yamin reporting from Berlin just before a firecracker exploded. (Screenshot/Twitter)

Israeli reporter Antonia Yamin reporting from Berlin just before a firecracker exploded. (Screenshot/Twitter)

BERLIN (JTA) – A firecracker exploded near an Israeli TV journalist reporting in Hebrew in Berlin after she was harassed by several young men.

The incident, which police are investigating as a possible case of anti-Semitism, is the latest of several anti-Semitic, anti-Israel attacks in the German capital in the past year. [Read more…]


German man, 95, charged as accessory to murder of more than 36,000 at Nazi camp

(JTA) – A German man, 95, has been charged with being an accessory to more than 36,000 murders when he allegedly served as a guard at the Nazi Mauthausen concentration camp.

Berlin prosecutors confirmed on Friday that the man, identified as Hans Werner H. due to privacy regulations, is accused of serving as an SS guard in the camp in 1944 and 1945, The Associated Press reported. The camp was located in northern Austria. [Read more…]


French Jewish mayor’s home covered with anti-Semitic graffiti

(JTA) – The home of a Jewish mayor in France was covered with anti-Semitic graffiti and, in a separate incident, headstones in a Jewish cemetery in Germany were toppled over and smashed.

The graffiti were spray painted on Friday, which marked the 80th anniversary of the Kristallnacht pogroms by the Nazis against German and Austrian Jews, on the home of Etienne Wolf, mayor of Brumath near Strasbourg in France’s east, France3 reported. Police have no suspects in custody in connection with this action. [Read more…]


Former Nazi SS guard, 94, goes on trial in deaths of hundreds of prisoners at Stutthof camp

(JTA) – A former Nazi SS guard, now 94, went on trial Tuesday for being complicit in the mass murders of several hundred prisoners at the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp.

Johann Rehbogen, who uses a wheelchair and is in declining health, was younger than 21 when he worked at the camp between 1942 and 1944 and thus is being tried in a juvenile court in the western German city of Münster.

The trial is scheduled to last until January and will only convene twice a week on non-consecutive days due to Rehbogen’s age and health.

More than 60,000 people were killed at Stutthof during World War II.

Rehbogen has told investigators that he was not aware of the killings, which took place in gas chambers, with shots of poison to the heart, shootings and exposure, and did not participate in them.

Prosecutors say that he knew about the murders at the Stutthof and that the guards were essential to the killings.

The juvenile court has not identified Rehbogen by name. His name was made public by the Simon Wiesenthal Center.