I may have ‘horsed around’ in Nazi camp in my youth, Bulgarian deputy PM says

(JTA) – Bulgaria’s deputy prime minister said jokingly that he may have behaved inappropriately when visiting a former Nazi concentration camp.

Valeri Simeonov, also vice-president of the United Patriots, a nationalist coalition of political parties, told the  Sega newspaper on Tuesday that he and some his friends may have taken spoof pictures of themselves in Buchenwald during the 1970s.  [Read more…]

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Polish alderman wants pogrom’s reference deleted from historical graphic novel

(JTA) – A Polish alderman is seeking the removal of references to anti-Semitic violence in the history of Bialystok from a graphic novel about the city.

Marek Chojnowski, who represents the ruling Law and Justice party on the Bialystok City Council, was quoted this week by the news site Onet as protesting references to a 1906 pogrom in the booklet published with municipal funding.  The 2014 booklet commemorates Ludwik Zamenhof, a Polish Jew who invented the international language Esperanto. [Read more…]

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Romania’s Parliament passes law providing more money for Holocaust survivors

(JTA) – Romania’s Parliament passed legislation that would provide increased direct financial support for Holocaust survivors.

The funds, a monthly payment of up to $97.98 per month for each year of deportation or detention, will be available beginning in July to those who were persecuted in Romania between 1940 and 1945, including deportees to ghettos and concentrations camps, survivors of the death trains and forced labor detachments, refugees and those who were imprisoned for ethnic reasons or forcefully removed from their homes in that period.  [Read more…]

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Jewish group gets information on mass graves with appeal on radio station accused of anti-Semitism

(JTA) – A Jewish group’s appeal led hundreds of radio listeners to provide information about mass graves and burial sites of Jews to a Catholic radio station that has been accused of promoting anti-Semitism.

Some 300 calls have been received by the call center at Poland’s Radio Maryja with information about sites of mass executions of Jews, stolen tombstones and unknown hiding places of Jews during the Holocaust, according to the From the Depths group, which made the appeal for information last week and again Wednesday on Radio Maryja. [Read more…]

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$50,000 from auction of Anne Frank poem to finance Amsterdam Holocaust memorial

Anne Frank in 1942

Anne Frank in 1942

AMSTERDAM (JTA) – A friend of Anne Frank who recently sold a poem handwritten by the teenage diarist for $155,000 has donated a third of the money to the building of a Holocaust memorial for Dutch Jews.

Jacqueline van Maarsen, who was a childhood friend of Anne Frank, received the poem in the 1970s from her sister, Christiane, who gave her the poem because Jacqueline was closer to Anne, the NOS public broadcaster reported Thursday. The sisters are not Jewish. [Read more…]

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Israeli, Italian cyclists pay tribute to champ who saved Jews during the Holocaust

Italian Tour de France winner Gino Bartali, seen in a circa 1945 photo, used his training routes to smuggle documents, hidden in his bicycle seat post, which helped save Jews from the Holocaust. (Wikipedia)

Italian Tour de France winner Gino Bartali, seen in a circa 1945 photo, used his training routes to smuggle documents, hidden in his bicycle seat post, which helped save Jews from the Holocaust. (Wikipedia)

(JTA) – Italian and Israeli cyclists are paying tribute this week to Gino Bartali, an Italian cycling champion who saved hundreds of Jews during the Holocaust and in 2013 was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations.

Bartali, who died in 2000, smuggled in his bicycle frame Resistance messages and false documents for Jews when riding through central Italy, supposedly as part of his training schedule. [Read more…]

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Syria’s alleged crematorium ‘invokes worst nightmares of Nazi atrocities,’ ADL chief says

NEW YORK (JTA) – The head of the Anti-Defamation League drew parallels between Syria’s alleged use of a crematorium to dispose of bodies to actions committed by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

Jonathan Greenblatt, the group’s national director, also called on the international community, including Russia, to take action to stop the violence perpetuated by the Syrian government under the leadership of President Bashar Assad. [Read more…]

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