Jewish headstones smashed in Greek city where princess saved Jews

(JTA) – Unidentified individuals smashed eight tombstones at a Jewish cemetery in Greece, including those of the local communal leader.

The incident happened last week at Trikala, a city in central Greece located about 150 miles northwest of Athens, the Central Board of Jewish Communities in Greece wrote in a statement Friday. The same city was the scene of one of the Nazi force’s most thorough liquidations of any large Jewish community, with only 10 people surviving the Holocaust from a community of hundreds of members. [Read more…]

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Dutch museums in possession of 170 works possibly stolen from Jews

(JTA) – Dutch museums are in possession of at least 170 artworks that may have been stolen from Jewish owners during the Holocaust, a commission of inquiry concluded following years of research.

The artworks of murky provenance are worth many millions of dollars and include Jan Adam Kruseman’s “Salome with the Head of the Baptist,” which is at the royal Rijksmuseum of art in Amsterdam; Hans Memling’s “The Movement” from the Boijmans Van Beuningen museum in Rotterdam as wells as an aquarelle by Wassily Kandinsky from the Stedelijk Museum of modern art in Amsterdam, the Het Parool daily reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Dutch diplomat was punished for saving Jews in the Holocaust, new book reveals

Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)
Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)

Jan Zwartendijk and a visa he signed in 1940. (JTA collage/Wikimedia Commons)

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Dutch Foreign Ministry reprimanded a diplomat who overstepped his authority to save thousands of Jews from the Holocaust and deprived him of royal honours, new research shows.

The research into the treatment of Jan Zwartendijk, who was honorary consul of the Netherlands in what today is Lithuania, is part of a Dutch-language book published this month on his actions titled “The Righteous” by biographer Jan Brokken. [Read more…]

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In Jerusalem, Angela Merkel emphasizes Germany’s obligation to fight anti-Semitism

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)
German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

German Chancellor Angela Merkel meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu in Jerusalem, Oct. 3, 2018. (Kobi Gideon/GPO)

JERUSALEM (JTA) – German Chancellor Angela Merkel emphasized her country’s special obligation to combat anti-Semitism during a speech at the Yad Vashem Holocaust memorial in Jerusalem on Thursday, calling the Nazi genocide an “unprecedented” crime.

“Nearly 80 years ago, on the pogrom night of Nov. 9, the Jewish people in Germany faced unprecedented hate and violence,” she said in reference to the Kristallnacht pogrom. “But what followed were the unprecedented crimes of the Shoah and its break with civilization. From this comes the everlasting responsibility of Germany to remember this crime and to oppose anti-Semitism, xenophobia, hatred and violence.” [Read more…]

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Descendants of Serbian woman who rescued Jews told to leave Israel

(JTA) – Israeli immigration authorities revoked the temporary residency status of two great-granddaughters of a Serbian woman who saved Jews during the Holocaust.

Israel’s Ministry of the Interior sent a letter earlier this month explaining their decision to Ana Dudas, the late rescuer’s granddaughter, who immigrated to Israel with her husband and three daughters in 2011, the Israel Broadcasting Corp., or KAN, reported Wednesday. [Read more…]

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Former SS guard, 94, to go on trial over deaths of hundreds of prisoners at Stutthof camp

(JTA) – A former SS guard, now 94, will go on trial on charges of complicity in the mass murders of several hundred prisoners at the Stutthof Nazi concentration camp.

The regional court of Muenster in western Germany on Friday ordered the unnamed man to be tried before a juvenile court beginning on November 6. He was not yet 21 at the time of the murders. [Read more…]

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Pope Francis prays at site of former Vilnius Ghetto on 75th anniversary of its liquidation

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter's Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

Pope Francis waving from the balcony of St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Dec. 25, 2015. (Franco Origlia/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Pope Francis prayed at the site of the former Vilnius Ghetto in Lithuania on the 75th anniversary of its liquidation.

He offered the prayers on Sunday in the presence of survivors and Jewish community leaders at the site. [Read more…]

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