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  • Documents reveal Britain blocked U.S. plan to save Holocaust victims

    LONDON, July 21 (JTA) — The British government blocked a secret U.S. plan that would have saved thousands of Jews from Nazi concentration camps because Britain feared they would settle in Palestine, according to newly released British documents. The plan would have involved the exchange of captive Jews in Germany and German-occupied territory who held…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Radical Muslim groups hampered by internal disputes, peace climate

    LONDON, July 18 (JTA) — If ideologies were tradeable commodities, panic orders would be going out to sell Islamic radicalism. As Middle East leaders contemplate the political landscape — after the Israeli elections and before the start of the U.S. presidential campaign — they detect a small window of opportunity to surge ahead with peace…

  • Austria to begin atonement process during concert at site of Mauthausen

    LONDON, July 13 (JTA) — Austria will begin to exorcize its ghosts when the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra moves from its comfortable, gilded home for a concert in the very heart of darkness: the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp. From the time it plays the opening notes to Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony next May, the country…

  • U.S. rabbi gives ‘chained women’ divorces, causing a stir in Britain

    LONDON, July 12 (JTA) — A visit to Britain by a U.S. rabbi involved in the plight of Orthodox women whose husbands refuse to grant them religious divorces has provoked a bitter controversy within the British Orthodox community. The agunot, sometimes referred to as “chained women,” may be divorced according to civil law, but they…

  • Bidders pay $90 million for pieces of Rothschild treasures and history

    LONDON, July 11 (JTA) — An art collection owned by the Austrian branch of the Rothschild banking dynasty has been auctioned in London for $90 million. The 218-piece collection — looted by the Nazis in 1938 and returned to the family by the Austrian government only last February — included 31 Old Masters, furniture, glass,…

  • Russia catalogs artwork lost by Nazi looting during war years

    LONDON, July 8 (JTA) — Officials in Russia and Scotland are confronting the issue of Nazi-looted art. Moscow has responded to demands by Jews and by Germany for the return of looted wartime artworks by producing an initial three-volume catalog of its own looted treasures. This is the first Russian attempt to quantify the extent…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Assad on board the peace train because time is right, experts say

    LONDON, July 6 (JTA) — Syrian leader Hafez Assad, who has constructed his regime based on hostility to Israel, now says he is interested in talking about peace. However, the overtures raise many questions about Assad, long the most dangerous and obdurate of Israel’s neighbors, and how serious he really is about making peace. Among…

  • Refugee physicist from Nazi Germany accused of being a spy for the Soviets

    LONDON, July 6 (JTA) — A German physicist who fled to Britain in 1933 to escape the Nazis is being accused of having passed vital atomic secrets to the Soviet Union during the 1940s. Former British lawmaker Rupert Allason, who writes on intelligence affairs under the name Nigel West, based his allegations against Sir Rudolph…

  • Assad may drop Hezbollah support for peace with Israel, observer says

    LONDON, June 29 (JTA) — Syrian President Hafez Assad may be preparing to abandon his support for the Shi’ite Hezbollah movement in Lebanon just as he abandoned Kurdish separatist leader Abdullah Ocalan, according to the editor of a leading London-based Arabic daily. Writing in al-Quds al-Arabi on Monday, Abdelbari Atwan said Assad’s failure to condemn…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Former Kindertransport refugees gather for a last full-scale reunion

    LONDON, June 27 (JTA) — Between 1938 and 1940, some 10,000 children from Germany, Austria and Poland were plucked from the imminent threat of the Nazi inferno and brought to safety in Britain. Earlier this month, with age increasingly taking its toll, survivors of the Kindertransport, or children’s transport, converged on London from all over…