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  • Ultranationalist burns poster of Polish mayor shown wearing kippah

    (JTA) — A Polish ultranationalist burned a poster of the mayor of Wroclaw wearing a kippah during a protest march. Roman Zielinski, who authored a book titled “How I fell in love with Adolf Hitler,” set the poster of Mayor Rafał Dutkiewicz on fire in front of cameras on Sunday during a march against the…

  • Lithuanian Holocaust monument vandalized on Hitler’s birthday

    (JTA) — A Holocaust monument in Lithuania was vandalized on the anniversary of Nazi leader Adolf Hitler’s birthday. The monument in Vilkaviskis, a city located 90 miles west of the capital Vilnius, was stripped of its marble tiles and smashed in several parts on April 20, according to a report posted seven days later on the Facebook…

  • For Dutch property owners, Holocaust commemoration begins at home

    THE HAGUE, Netherlands (JTA) — After Yvonne van Gennep-Bouma discovered that Holocaust victims used to live in what is now her home, she began to think about them constantly. At night, van Gennep-Bouma imagined the former occupants preparing to turn in. And in the morning, she wondered where they had their breakfast. That was in 2012, she recalled,…

  • Anti-Semitic incidents drop in the Netherlands but rise in schools

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A watchdog on anti-Semitism in the Netherlands recorded a 26 percent decrease in anti-Semitic incidents in 2015 over the previous year but noted a “worrisome trend” in the growing number of incidents involving schools. The Center for Information and Documentation on Israel, or CIDI, recorded 126 incidents last year, compared to the 171 in…

  • Hundreds attend 1st Jewish film festival in Casablanca

    (JTA) — Nearly 500 people attended the first Jewish film festival of Casablanca, which was organized in the Moroccan city by a Sephardic Jewish woman from Atlanta. The three-day event, which ended Wednesday at the offices of Casablanca’s SOC club, featured three films about the “consequences of the emigration of the Jews from the fabric…

  • Amid complicity debate, Polish clergy to attend 70th anniversary of post-Holocaust pogrom

    (JTA) — Polish clergy and researchers will hold a seminar in Kielce about a historically significant pogrom in which locals killed Holocaust survivors in that city 70 years ago. Occurring amid an acrimonious debate in Poland on local complicity in the Holocaust and the attention it merits, the conference planned for July in Kielce, 110 miles south of…

  • As Jews flee Belgium, a seder marks a family exodus

    BRUSSELS (JTA) — I was feeling nervous about coming to Brussels for seder with my family. Making the 130-mile trip there from my home in Amsterdam meant taking my 5-month-old son on a train that last year saw an attempted jihadist attack, and into a city that is still reeling and on alert from the…

  • Ex-mayor of London suspended from Labour for saying Hitler was Zionist

    (JTA) — Britain’s Labour Party suspended former London Mayor Ken Livingstone on Thursday for saying Adolf Hitler was a Zionist. A Labour spokesperson told The Guardian that the action was “for bringing the party into disrepute.” British anti-racism activists and Labour Party politicians are demanding Livingstone’s expulsion. In a radio interview with the BBC on Thursday, Livingstone…

  • Navigation error makes Israeli cop London Marathon’s last starter

    (JTA) — A police officer from Haifa was the last runner to start this year’s London Marathon. Interviewed by the BBC near the starting line, Hagai Penkar explained that he showed up first at the finish line on Sunday after plugging the wrong information into his internet browser and then lost 38 minutes dealing with London traffic….

  • Maccabeats, behind you! Watch Argentine senior citizens funk it up in a new Passover video clip

    (JTA) — Ahead of every major Jewish holiday, artists all around the world cannibalize pop chart hits to produce holiday music videos they hope will break the Jewish internet. Some of these clips, which are designed to be shared on social networks, are on offer on aish.com, the website of the Aish HaTorah Jewish education network….