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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Israeli envoy slams European TV channel’s dropping of anti-Semitism documentary

(JTA) – In an unusual move, Israel’s ambassador to France criticized in harsh terms a French-German television channel’s nixing of a documentary on anti-Semitism.

The decision, announced last week by the state-funded Arte channel citing the film’s alleged focus on Muslim countries, is “an obfuscation of information and an encroachment on the public’s right to information,” Ambassador Aliza Bin-Noun wrote in an open letter addressed to Véronique Cayla, the president of Arte’s France division. The letter was published Wednesday by the Actualite Juive weekly. [Read more…]

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Holocaust denier who fled jail term sent back to Germany

(JTA) – Hungary has returned right-wing extremist Horst Mahler to Germany after he fled to avoid serving out the rest of a sentence for Holocaust denial and incitement to anti-Semitism.

Mahler, 81, was transferred late last week into German custody at Budapest’s Ferenc Liszt Airport, The Associated Press reported Tuesday. He was arrested May 15 in the Hungarian city of Sopron while trying to cross into Austria. [Read more…]

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Israeli energy minister join critics of U.S. pullout from Paris climate accords

(JTA) – Israel’s energy minister and the CEO of the Goldman Sachs bank, Lloyd Blankfein, joined the chorus of critics who condemned U.S. President Donald Trump’s decision to exit the Paris climate deal.

Minister Yuval Steinitz criticized the move implicitly. “Even if there is a 50 per cent chance that climate change and global warming is man-made, we must act to reduce risk,” he wrote on Facebook, adding that Trump’s decision will not change Israel’s plans for reducing the use of fossil fuel. [Read more…]

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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…]

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German Holocaust denier who fled jail term arrested in Hungary

(JTA) – German right-wing extremist Horst Mahler has been arrested in Hungary, where he had gone into hiding to avoid serving out the rest of a sentence in Germany for Holocaust denial and incitement to anti-Semitism.

Mahler, 81, reportedly asked Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for political asylum in a letter he published May 12 on the internet. It was widely circulated in the German media as well. [Read more…]

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