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    A Swiss writer who praised a Holocaust denier won an advisory position to the U.N. Human Rights Council. Jean Ziegler won 40 of 47 votes Wednesday to become one of 18 “expert” counselors. His election to the Geneva-based council, dominated by anti-Western authoritarian states, was virtually guaranteed and U.N. Watch, a United Nations monitor, had… More ▸

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    Isaac Rousso, president of the only B’nai B’rith lodge in communist Cuba, has died. Rousso, 70, led Maimonides Lodge #1516 in Havana for nearly eight years, turning it into one of Cuba’s strongest international organizations, said Stanley Cohen, chairman of the B’nai B’rith Cuban Jewish Relief Project. “It was a huge loss to everyone who… More ▸

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    A Holocaust denier accused two Jewish federal justices in Australia of “propagating the Jewish Holocaust” to “protect an historical lie.” Dr. Fredrick Toben, 62, the founder of the notorious Adelaide Institute, made his accusations against Justices Alan Goldberg and Stephen Rothman in a submission to the Federal Court last week. The Sydney court is hearing… More ▸

  • Apology to Australia’s Aborigines Aided by Jewish-led Reconciliation

    In what could be described as Australia’s Yom Kippur, Prime Minister Kevin Rudd expressed Wednesday the one word his predecessors refused to utter to indigenous Australians: Sorry. Rudd’s Labor Party wrested power from John Howard’s Liberals last November on a platform that included apologizing to the “Stolen Generations” — up to 100,000 mostly mixed-blood Aboriginal… More ▸

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    A New Zealand historian whose work denied the existence of gas chambers at Auschwitz was appointed dean of a key British defense school. Joel Hayward was appointed dean of the Royal Air Force College at Cranwell last year, Britain’s Jewish Chronicle revealed last Friday. Britain’s Prince William currently is training at the college to be… More ▸

  • Ahead of Super Tuesday, Obama Seeks to Quell Muslim Rumors

    A packed auditorium was waiting for U.S. Sen. Barack Obama to receive a pivotal endorsement and his aide was rushing him along, but he had something important to say first — to American Jews. “Before we go, I’d like to add one last comment,” the Democratic presidential hopeful told the aide in a conference call… More ▸

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    Yad Vashem launched a Web site in Arabic about the Holocaust. The site, introduced Thursday and accessible at, includes the historical narrative of the Holocaust, concepts from the Holocaust, academic articles, artifacts, maps, photos, archival documents and an online video testimony resource center, as well as other multimedia presentations, all translated into Arabic. The… More ▸

  • Museum Launches Service for Holocaust Archives

    Digital technology will allow Holocaust survivors, researchers and others access to one of the largest troves of Nazi-era documents — but at a pen-and-paper pace. The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum told survivors’ groups last week that searches of the digital version of the Bad Arolsen archives it had obtained would take six to eight weeks… More ▸

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    The lawyer for jailed Holocaust denier Ernst Zundel is going to prison. Sylvia Stolz, 44, was sentenced Monday to 3 1/2 years in jail by a German court for denying the Holocaust while defending Zundel last year. Stolz, the girlfriend of jailed right-wing extremist Horst Mahler, also was banned from working as an attorney for… More ▸

  • Lantos’ Holocaust Experience Suffused His Political Career

    In his 27 years in the U.S. Congress, Rep Tom Lantos had two constituencies — California’s 12th District, encompassing parts of San Francisco and its suburbs, and the ghosts of the Jews who perished in his native Europe. Lantos (D-Calif.) announced his retirement Wednesday, citing a cancer diagnosis. “Routine medical tests have revealed that I… More ▸