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    A Belgian television show will prepare Adolf Hitler’s favorite meal on the air. Television chef Jerien Meus of the VRT station reportedly plans to prepare the meal, which includes trout in butter sauce, at Berchtesgaden in Bavaria, the former site of Hitler’s “Eagle’s Nest” alpine headquarters and now a tourist attraction and museum. Meus, 30,… More ▸

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    Sarah Silverman elicited puzzlement and praise with her debut on German television. “She sits on the potty and says, ‘Anyone who watches a Jewish woman on the toilet is as bad as a Holocaust denier,” Joachim Huber wrote in the Berlin-based Tagesspiegel newspaper the day after the American Jewish comedian appeared Oct. 23 on Comedy… More ▸

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    Odessa officials, Holocaust survivors and other Ukrainian Jews marked the anniversary of the Odessa massacre. The Oct. 23 ceremony at the local memorial to Holocaust victims remembered the more than 26,000 mainly Odessa Jews and prisoners of war of various nationalities and faiths killed at the site by the Nazis in October 1941. The memorial… More ▸

  • ‘schleppers’ Emerging As an Influential Generation

    I am going to go out on a limb and make a prediction about the forthcoming presidential election. It’s not about who will receive the most votes, so as not to jeopardize our organization’s nonpartisanship, but rather whose vote will have the greatest impact on the American body politic. My prediction is that the 18-… More ▸

  • Places and Spaces: Exploring What Makes Up the Jewish Tapestry

    We’ve all played the “Jewish geography” game — you know, questioning someone we’ve only just met in order to discover common Jewish connections, friends or even family. In doing so, we are mapping out our experiences, delineating a sort of Jewish topography of interlinking backgrounds, histories and far-flung mishpocha. Somehow I feel a sense of… More ▸

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    Objects found at a dump outside Berlin may be from Kristallnacht, an Israeli investigative journalist claims. Yaron Svoray on his search of the site — an area about the size of four soccer fields — said he found numerous items, including a bottle engraved with a Jewish star and part of an ornamented chair back… More ▸

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    Israeli President Shimon Peres urged Pope Benedict XVI not to put off a visit to Israel over a disagreement about Pope Pius XII. A Catholic official was quoted Saturday by the Italian media as saying that the pope would not come as long as a photo caption at theYad Vashem Holocaust memorial alleging that Pius… More ▸

  • Pro-obama ‘schlep’ to Fla. Puts Focus on Jewish Seniors, Question of Race

    Fred Wolff is pretty explicit in laying out the reason why he won’t support Barack Obama on Nov. 4. A survivor of the Dachau concentration camp who came to the United States as a teenager, Wolff told JTA he typically favors Republican candidates. This year he would have preferred former governors Mike Huckabee of Arkansas… More ▸

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    Two retired Israeli security officials have been edited out of a pro-Barack Obama video. Former Mossad director Ephraim Halevy and retired Gen. Uzi Dayan had complained that they were not aware that interviews they had done this summer about the United States presidential candidates would be used in a video endorsing Obama. They were among… More ▸

  • Rioting in Akko Demonstrates Tinderbox of Arab-jewish Ties

    The rioting in the mixed Jewish-Arab city of Akko, which erupted after an Arab man drove through a Jewish neighborhood on Yom Kippur, shows just how combustible Arab-Jewish relations in Israel are. Yet after four successive nights of clashes, in which rampaging Arabs stoned Jewish-owned shops and cars as Jewish mobs torched Arab homes, there… More ▸