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The son of famous Jewish violinist Yehudi Menuhin lost his job in Germany over extremist statements. The board of the Yehudi Menuhin Foundation fired Gerard Menuhin as president after it learned of his anti-Jewish statements in far-right German publications. In columns and interviews in the National Zeitung newspaper, the Web site of the National Democratic Party of Germany and the monthly magazine Deutsche Stimme, Menuhin, 57, reportedly referred to “an international lobby of influential people and associations that put Germans under pressure for their own purposes.” He said Germans are under “endless blackmail” because of the Holocaust, and that “a people that allows itself to be intimidated 60 years after the end of the war with the events of that time is not healthy.” The case underscores the tendency in some circles to embrace Jewish representatives as vehicles for anti-Jewish or anti-Israel views.

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