Printer who helped Raoul Wallenberg rescue Jews gets a plaque in Budapest

(JTA) – A Hungarian printer who helped Jews flee the Nazis during the Holocaust was honoured with a plaque in Budapest.

Emil Wiesmeyer’s printing company printed 4,000 blank passports to assist Swedish ambassador Raoul Wallenberg in saving Jews from deportation to Nazi death camps. He then printed another 20,000 to help more Hungarian Jews.

Wiesmeyer’s son, Gabor, was on hand for the unveiling ceremony Wednesday led by Szabolcs Szita, director of the Holocaust Memorial Center, and Swedish Ambassador Niclas Trouve, the Associated Press reported.

The communists jailed Wiesmeyer in the 1950s in Hungary. He died in 1967.

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Anthony Scaramucci reportedly feeling fallout from Twitter Holocaust survey

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

(JTA) – Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly headed communications for U.S. President Donald Trump, reportedly has lost at least one lucrative speaking engagement after a Twitter account in his name posted a survey asking people how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

Page Six, citing an unnamed source, reported late Wednesday that a speaking appearance in November at the New York City investment firm Neuberger Berman has been cancelled over fears that his appearance would create a “commotion.” [Read more…]

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Anthony Scaramucci pledges $25K to Wiesenthal Center to make up for Twitter Holocaust gaffe

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who briefly helmed U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications department, pledged $25,000 US to the Simon Wiesenthal Center after an account in his name posted a survey asking people how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust.

“On behalf of the @ScaramucciPost we will be making a $25,000 donation to The Simon Wiesenthal Center. Hopefully I spelled that right,” Scaramucci said Tuesday afternoon on his personal Twitter account, ending with a grinning emoji. [Read more…]

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Scaramucci Twitter account asks how many Jews were killed in the Holocaust

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)
Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

Screenshot from @ScaramucciPost. (Twitter)

WASHINGTON (JTA) – A Twitter account associated with Anthony Scaramucci, the colourful figure who was briefly U.S. President Donald Trump’s communications director, withdrew and apologized for a tweet surveying how many Jews people believed were killed in the Holocaust.

“This poll was put up by @lancelaifer without consulting @Scaramucci who is traveling in London,” the Scaramucci Post account said Tuesday with a screen capture of the offending tweet. “The poll has been taken down.” [Read more…]

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German court again convicts Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck

(JTA) – Ursula Haverbeck, a well-known historical revisionist and neo-Nazi, was convicted again of Holocaust denial.

Haverbeck, 88, was sentenced in a Berlin district court on Monday to six months in prison, Deutsche Welle reported. In January 2016, she said at an event in the German capital that the Holocaust did not occur and there were no gas chambers at the Auschwitz concentration camp, which she said was a labour camp. Haverbeck said she will appeal the conviction.

Holocaust denial is illegal in Germany. [Read more…]

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Halloween costume company removes Anne Frank outfit

Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)
Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)

Holloweencostumes.com removed this Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its sites. (Screenshot from Holloweencostumes.com)

(JTA) – An online costume company removed a Halloween costume of Holocaust diarist Anne Frank from its U.S. and European websites.

Holloweencostumes.com, whose website is run by the Minnesota-based company Fun.com, pulled the costumes on Sunday after a backlash on social media. [Read more…]

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Ben Kingsley playing Adolf Eichmann in film about Nazi’s capture by Israel

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) – Academy Award winner Ben Kingsley is in Buenos Aires filming a Hollywood movie about the capture of Adolf Eichmann by Israeli agents.

Kingsley, a British actor, is starring in “Operation Finale,” which chronicles the notorious Nazi’s life as Ricardo Klement living in the Argentine capital after World War II and the Mossad operation to capture him. Chris Weitz, a producer and writer known for “Rogue One” in the “Star Wars” series, is the director. Filming will last one more month in greater Buenos Aires area. [Read more…]

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Poland to partially compensate for property looted under Nazis and communists, official says

(JTA) – The World Jewish Restitution Organization (WJRO) cautiously welcomed a Polish official’s announcement of plans to offer partial compensation for property confiscated from private owners under communism.

Countless properties that belonged to Poland’s 3.3 million-strong Jewish population before the Holocaust were seized by the Nazi occupation forces and then nationalized under communism. [Read more…]

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