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Is Sex Expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer Jewish?

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Yes, sex expert Dr. Ruth Westheimer is a Jew, a holocaust survivor and a former Israeli Haganah scout and sniper. Wikipedia reports: Westheimer was born Karola Ruth Siegel in Wiesenfeld (near Karlstadt am Main), Germany, the only child of Orthodox Jews Irma (née Hanauer) and Julius Siegel. In January 1939, she was sent to Switzerland […]

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“Auschwitz Birkenau Must Stay Authentic, Untouched”

Arutz Sheva TV‘s Hezki Ezra met the Director General of the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation. “The foundation was founded”, explain the founders, “in order for future generations visiting the remains of the Auschwitz Nazi German concentration camp to be able to see with their own eyes the authentic site of the crimes that the Nazis committed during the […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 85 July 17, 2013

For 15 years now, Chabad of the East Valley in Arizona, one of the fastest-growing states in America has been searching for a permanent home. They have based operations in such varied locations as a rented apartment, hotel rooms, boardrooms, the living room of a house, a local storefront, and the nearby Jewish Community Center and […]

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Kosher Café Project in Auschwitz Town

A kickstarter campaign from the Auschwitz Jewish Center in Poland has raised nearly $25,000 to convert the last Jewish home in the town of Auschwitz into a kosher vegetarian café. The Auschwitz-Birkenau memorial site in southern Poland registered a record 1.43 million visitors in 2012, and the new café adjacent to the Auschwitz Jewish Center hopes to provide for […]

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‘Italian Schindler’ Seen as Ardent Nazi

He has been called “the Italian Israel and declared a martyr by Pope John Paul II for helping save 5,000 during the Holocaust. But the New York Times reported Thursday that the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington has decided to remove Giovanni Palatucci’s heroic tale from an exhibition after being informed that he was in […]

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Netanyahu Opens New Holocaust Exhibition at Auschwitz

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu on Thursday opened a new Holocaust exhibit on the grounds of the former Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau in southern Poland. The display focuses on a book featuring the names of 4.2 million Jews murdered in World War II, and explores Jewish life before the Holocaust began. It aims to provide the […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 80 - June 12, 2013

Shoppers have been outraged over the discovery of an Amazon seller’s newest line of baby apparel: Jewish baby bibs. The bibs may be in possible violation of the online giant’s policy prohibiting products that glorify hatred, violence, racial, sexual or religious intolerance. Following the criticism, Amazon pulled several variations of the products. Two years since […]

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Shoah Survivors Set Up Museum at Home

A prisoner’s jacket from Auschwitz, a food bowl from Treblinka, metal pins worn by the Jewish ghetto police, hundreds of postcards from concentration camps and a yellow patch – these are just some of the items exhibited by Holocaust surviving couple Yaakov and Irena Wodzislawski, who have dedicated their lives and private home to the […]

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Netanyahu to Inaugurate New Auschwitz Exhibition

Israeli Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu will visit Poland on June 13 for the opening of a new exhibition at the museum of the former Nazi German death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau, organizers said Monday. In the works for four years, the exhibition will present “the murder at Auschwitz in the larger context of the Nazis’ systematic attempt […]

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Muslim Clerics to Visit Auschwitz

Fourteen Muslim clerics from across the globe will visit the former Nazi Auschwitz death camp in southern Poland this week as part of a Holocaust awareness and anti-genocide program, organizers said Friday. “This is an opportunity for imams who are influential in their communities to look at the Holocaust first hand and to go to […]

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Poles Honor Jewish Heritage at Auschwitz

Jewish life will return to a place infamous for its decimation – Oswiecim, Poland, also commonly known as Auschwitz– when dozens of young people from across Poland who recently discovered their Jewish roots will come together on April 5-7 for a special weekend educational seminar. The gathering, symbolically taking place just ahead of Israel’s Holocaust […]

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11,000 Youths to Attend March of the Living

Eleven thousand young people will take part in this year’s Holocaust Remembrance Day activities at the Auschwitz concentration camp in Poland under the auspices of the March of the Living program. The participants, who are mostly Jewish, hail from over 50 countries, including Morocco, Turkey, France, the United States and Canada, said march spokesman Yoram […]

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Just When You Thought the Holocaust Couldn’t Get Worse

Growing up Jewish, you know about the Holocaust. You pray for the Six Million at synagogue. Your parents or your youth group leader (or my in my case, both) take you the museums their piles of eyeglasses and locks of hair and barbed wire installations. Maybe you even have a relative who was there, who […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 66 - February 6, 21013

An enthusiastic crowd of families celebrated the completion of a new Hewlett Sefer Torah at the Chabad of Hewlett last Sunday. Beginning a little after noon, music, food and drink, dancing, and expressions of  mazel tov set the scene for the happy occasion. We always talk about the ‘joy of Torah’, but last Sunday we […]

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French Imams Visit Holocaust Site

Dozens of French imams have visited a Holocaust memorial in Drancy in an effort to show that Islam is a tolerant religion. The Muslim leaders, who traveled from all over France, gathered Monday night at the site of the former detention camp where around 65,000 Jews were held before being deported to extermination camps, mainly […]

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Budapest Building 1st Shul in 80 Years

The construction of Budapest’s first synagogue in 80 years began Sunday, as the first stone was laid down in a ceremony, the town hall of the city’s Csepel neighborhood announced Monday. “There hasn’t been a new synagogue constructed in Budapest for 80 years. Our town hall has contributed (to this project) by supplying the land […]

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‘Preserve Auschwitz-Birkenau for Future’

The Auschwitz-Birkenau foundation has raised close to 100 of the 120 million euros necessary for the preservation of the camp, the organization’s CEO Jacek Kastelaniec told The Jerusalem Post during an interview ahead of International Holocaust Day earlier this week. “We have already raised 99m. euros and are very close to achieving our goal of […]

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How I Came to My Table

I was seated at one of those grand, heavy, deep brown mahogany tables in a beautiful room with two walls of windows. To my left, sat my mother, visiting for a few days from Los Angeles. Then to my right, and all the way around the table sat 10 classmates and my professor. We were […]

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‘Jews Live in Fear in Europe’, European Parliament President Says

Jewish people are living in fear in Europe but the European Union will make sure they are not harmed, the president of the European Parliament said. “Yes, Jewish people are living in fear in Europe but this is not 1929, this is 2012,” European Parliament President Martin Schultz has said Jan. 22 during a speech […]

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AllJewishLinks.com Newsletter Issue # 59 - December 5, 2012

After the successful restoration of the Hurva Synagogue, the Tiferet Yisrael Synagogue will be restored next by the Jerusalem Municipality. The Company for the Reconstruction and Development of the Jewish Quarter in the Old City of Jerusalem Ltd. has undertaken to rebuild the synagogue, which was destroyed by Arabs during the 1948 War of Independence. […]

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Holocaust and Human Rights Museum Opens in Belgium

A Holocaust and human rights museum was inaugurated last Monday in Belgium, opposite the “Dossin Barracks” in Mechelen, a site from which more than 25,000 Jews and 352 gypsies were deported to Auschwitz death camp between 1942-1944, the European Jewish Press and Agence France Presse reported. According to the EJP/AFP report, King Albert II of […]

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Holocaust Survivor Starts Fresh at 87

Oscar Phillips, an 87-year-old Holocaust survivor from Deerfield Beach, Florida, made his lifelong dream come true on November 12, when he finally made aliyah to Israel through Nefesh B’Nefesh, in cooperation with the Jewish Agency and the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption. Phillips, who was 14-years-old when the Germans invaded Poland, was sent to Auschwitz in […]

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Holocaust Tattoos, Settlers and Quaker State Oil

I’ve written before on this blog about tattoos in the Jewish tradition. In fact, my 2008 blog post explaining that it’s only a bubba meisa (old wives’ tale) that Jewish people can’t be buried in a Jewish cemetery if they have a tattoo remains one of the most popular posts on this blog. Well, tattoos […]

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Holocaust Memorial Center Opening at Drancy Transit Camp

Almost 70 years after the first deportations of French Jews to Auschwitz, President Francois Hollande will on Friday inaugurate a new Holocaust memorial centre next to the site of the infamous Drancy transit camp in the suburbs of Paris. Annette Krajcer, one of the dwindling band of survivors of that bleak time, will be there, […]

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Discrimination of Sephardic Schoolgirls on Par with Mengele

Victims of the racial discrimination in the haredi schools have resorted to using the Holocaust in their fight against school principals. Shas party newspaper “Yom le Yom” published a caustic article last week comparing Principals who employ racial discrimination in school to Nazi war criminal Josef Mengele, who decided who would live or die in […]

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Jewish Star Winner Releases Hebrew Cover

Jewish Star 2012 winner Dovid Moskovits has released a new song, Sa’eni Nah (“Lift Me Up” in Hebrew). Written by Zvika Bornstein with music by Rolf Lovland, Moskovits’ song marks the first time that the song “You Raise Me Up” has been covered in Hebrew. The touching lyrics transcend language and culture, speaking words of […]

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Holocaust, Holocaust, Holocaust…

When Palestinian Authority presidential adviser Ziad Al-Bandak paid his respects recently at the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp, Hamas spokesman Fawzi Barhoum called the Palestinian’s visit there “a marketing of a false Zionist alleged tragedy.” A newly appointed Romanian government official, Dan Sova, averred earlier this year that “No Jew suffered on Romanian territory” during World War […]

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Australia Donates $500,000 to Auschwitz Fund

The Australian government donated $500,000 to the Auschwitz-Birkenau preservation fund. Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced the contribution on Thursday at the Jewish Holocaust Center in Melbourne. “The intention of the fund is simple — to ensure that the foundation will never want for money so that Auschwitz-Birkenau will always be conserved,” Gillard said. “We make […]

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‘The Anti-Semite’ Banned from Cannes Film Festival

The Cannes film festival has cancelled the screening of a new film, titled “The Anti-Semite,” by controversial French comedian Dieudonne, himself a notorious anti-Semite. The film, which was produced by the Iranian Documentary and Experimental Film Center and also known as “Yahod Setiz,” was not scheduled to be shown at the Cannes festival proper but […]

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Excruciating Details Emerge on Jewish Ghettos

Even after decades of in-depth Holocaust research, excruciating details are only now emerging about more than 1,100 German-run ghettos in Eastern Europe where the Nazis murdered hundreds of thousands of Jews. And there were about 200 more ghettos than previously believed, said Martin Dean, editor of the recently published “Encyclopedia of Camps and Ghettos, 1933-1945, […]

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