Office of Jewish professor at Columbia U vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

(JTA) – The office of a Jewish professor at Columbia University in New York City was spray painted with anti-Semitic graffiti.

Swastikas were spray painted on two walls of the office of Elizabeth Midlarsky, professor of psychology and education, at Columbia Teachers College. The word “YID” also was spray painted on a wall of the office of the professor, who is Jewish and who researches and publishes about the Holocaust. [Read more…]


Dutch Railways to examine compensation for Holocaust victims, descendants

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – The Netherlands’ national rail company said it would set up a commission of inquiry to see whether it should compensate Holocaust victims for its role in the Holocaust.

Dutch Railways announced its plan Tuesday in a statement that said it “during World War II operated trains in service of the occupation” by Nazi Germany and that this is “a black page in the history of our country and our company.” [Read more…]


Hungary, Poland, Spain, Russia and Italy falling short on returning Nazi-looted art

(JTA) – Five countries have not fulfilled their commitments to return Nazi-looted art to their rightful owners, a U.S. official said.

Stuart Eizenstat, an adviser to the U.S. State Department, in 1998 negotiated the Washington Principles, a treaty calling on signers to make their best efforts to return art stolen by the Nazis during World War II. He spoke Monday in Berlin to mark the 20th anniversary of the agreement signed by 44 countries, The New York Times reported. [Read more…]


CNN poll in Europe shows widespread anti-Semitism, ignorance on Holocaust

(JTA) – In a poll conducted among 7,092 adults in seven European countries, 28 per cent of respondents said that Jews are too influential, and one- third said they have no substantial knowledge of the Holocaust.

The CNN poll, performed by ComRes, on the subject of anti-Semitism was performed in September in Britain, France, Germany, Poland, Hungary, Sweden and Austria, the network reported. [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…]


Prince Charles hosts former child refugees to mark 80th Kindertransport anniversary

(JTA) – Prince Charles met with former child refugees who arrived in Britain on the Kindertransport at the start of World War II.

The Holocaust survivors, who were saved from the Nazis, were marking the 80th anniversary of the organized effort to bring some 10,000 mainly Jewish children under the age of 17 to Britain, where they were cared for. The heir to the throne hosted them for a reception at St. James Palace. [Read more…]


UNESCO teams with World Jewish Congress to launch a Holocaust education website

(JTA) – UNESCO, the United Nations agency that has rejected Israeli sovereignty over Jerusalem, and the World Jewish Congress (WJC) have launched a website dedicated to Holocaust education and memory.

The website, called Facts about the Holocaust, was unveiled Monday at UNESCO headquarters in Paris by the scientific and cultural agency’s director-general, Audrey Azoulay, who is Jewish, and WJC President Ronald Lauder. Some 150 presidents of Jewish communities worldwide were on hand to sign a commitment to the preservation of Holocaust memory and to fighting anti-Semitism worldwide. [Read more…]