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  • South African Province Makes Teaching of Holocaust Mandatory

    A South African province is preparing to make Holocaust studies a mandatory part of the school curriculum. The Cape Town Holocaust Centre recently conducted a four-day workshop for some 50 people in cooperation with Kwazulu-Natal province’s Department of Education, training senior teachers, subject advisers and education officials who will provide support for the course. Holocaust… More ▸

  • Jta’s Series on Saudi Arabia Wins Top Jewish Media Award

    JTA won the American Jewish Press Association’s top award for an investigative series for the third straight year. “Tainted Teachings: Islam and Education,” by Lisa Hostein, Sue Fishkoff and JTA staff, won first prize for comprehensive coverage or investigative reporting. The award was one of five Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism that… More ▸

  • Nazi Victims Interned in Tunisia Entitled to German Compensation

    Former inmates of Nazi prison camps in Tunisia may now apply for compensation from Germany. Tuesday’s announcement followed negotiations between the Claims Conference and Germany’s Finance Ministry. Germany committed some $280 million to this and several related causes. “It is the first time that the suffering of women and children in Tunisia has been recognized,”… More ▸

  • Arrest of Ethiopian Aid Official Raises Concern for Falash Mura Fate

    The arrest of the local director of the Jewish aid compound in the Ethiopian city of Gondar is prompting growing concern about the future of thousands of Falash Mura waiting to immigrate to Israel. The arrest last week of the official, Getu Zemene, led to the temporary closure of the Gondar aid compound, a multisite… More ▸

  • Travel There Are Few Creature Comforts, but Ethiopia Has Rich Jewish History

    The ferry ride across the river is brief, two or three minutes in a small wooden dinghy with a plastic awning that barely fends off the midday sun. With three foreigners, a rangy pilot and his youthful assistant, our craft is relatively empty — at least, compared to the adjacent boat that perches perilously low… More ▸

  • After Harrowing Journey to Israel, Sudanese Refugees End Up in Jail

    Ali and his sister started running as hard as they could toward the mountains near their village in Darfur when it was attacked and burned by militia forces — but his sister did not run quite fast enough, and was gunned down before Ali’s eyes. Ali, not his real name, eventually made his way to… More ▸