Elie Wiesel’s childhood home in Romania vandalized with anti-Semitic graffiti

Elie Wiesel arriving for a roundtable discussion on the Iran nuclear deal on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

Elie Wiesel in Washington, D.C., March 2, 2015. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

(JTA) – Unidentified individuals spray-painted offensive graffiti on the external walls of a museum for Elie Wiesel in Romania, where he was also born, in what police said was an anti-Semitic incident.

The florescent pink graffiti that was painted on the Memorial House Elie Wiesel in Sighet in eastern Romania read “public toilet” and “Nazi Jew lying in hell with Hitler” as well as “Anti-Semite pedophile.” [Read more…]

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Rabbi says he found trash and bone fragments at Jewish mass graves in Ukraine

(JTA) – A rabbi from Washington, D.C., said he and his children encountered trash and bone fragments scattered around the grounds of two former mass graves of Jews in Ukraine.

Rabbi Shmuel Herzfeld of Ohev Sholom-The National Synagogue documented on Facebook his family visit last month to the grounds of what used to be the Janowska camp in Lviv. The visitors found countless needle syringes at the neglected grounds, where drug addicts and homeless people get in through the poorly constructed perimeter fence. [Read more…]

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Book claiming Holocaust victims didn’t ‘tap into’ inner strength required reading at University of North Carolina

(JTA) – An online textbook that states Holocaust victims did not “tap into their strength” is required reading at the University of North Carolina.

The book, 21st Century Wellness, is part of a one-credit hour Lifetime Fitness course all UNC undergraduates have to take before graduation. The course is meant to teach students how to stay physically fit and make healthy lifestyle choices. [Read more…]

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Lithuanian national hero was ‘enthusiastic’ Jew killer, local Jews say

(JTA) – Leaders of Lithuania’s Jewish community asked authorities in Vilnius remove a plaque honouring an anti-Soviet fighter whose granddaughter said killed Jews.

The Lithuanian Jewish Community last week posted on its website a statement calling for the removal of the plaque for Jonas Noreika, that displayed prominently on the extremal wall of the library of the Lithuanian Academy of Sciences in central Vilnius. [Read more…]

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Munich introduces new form of Holocaust remembrance to replace ‘stumbling stone’ memorials

Stolpersteine memorialize Holocaust victims Max and Fanny Valfer in Kippenheim, Germany. (Photo: Brenda Van Vliet)

Stolpersteine memorialize Holocaust victims Max and Fanny Valfer in Kippenheim, Germany. (Photo: Brenda Van Vliet)

(JTA) – Munich is introducing a new form of Holocaust remembrance, as an answer to the ubiquitous “stumbling stones” memorials that some vehemently oppose.

The first two small plaques and markers with photos and biographical details went up on Friday at apartment buildings in the capital of Bavaria, recalling the lives and fates of Jews who once lived there. [Read more…]

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Jewish professor describes being beaten by a Palestinian and German police

Yitzhak Melamed teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. (Screenshot from YouTube)
Yitzhak Melamed teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. (Screenshot from YouTube)

Yitzhak Melamed teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University. (Screenshot from YouTube)

(JTA) – A Jewish professor visiting Germany described being assaulted in a Bonn park – first by a Palestinian who said “I f*** Jews,” then by police who slammed him to the ground and punched him in the face.

Yitzhak Melamed, who teaches philosophy at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, in a lengthy Facebook post published Friday accused the police of brutality, then of whitewashing their conduct and falsely blaming him for provoking the assault. Police subsequently apprehended the assailant. [Read more…]

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Anti-Semitism has resurfaced due to Polish Holocaust law, Catholic leader says

WARSAW, Poland (JTA) – The former Roman Catholic primate of Poland believes that because of the country’s recently passed Holocaust law and discussions around it, anti-Semitism in Poland has become a contemporary and current problem again.

“Old demons began to wake up: the trust of many thousands of people has been strained and the work of many decades has been tarnished,” Archbishop Henryk Muszynski, archbishop emeritus of the Archdiocese of Gniezno, told the Polish-language Catholic Guide magazine. [Read more…]

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