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    A video appearance at a beauty pageant by convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke has provoked outrage. The organizer of the “Star of the Year” pageant, held last week in a small town near Rome, showed a film clip of the former SS officer, who greeted the audience and wished good luck to contestants. Priebke,… More ▸

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    A former Israeli Supreme Court justice criticized the government’s record on caring for Holocaust survivors. “We need to take better care of living Holocaust survivors rather than invest extra money in memorializing,” Dalia Dorner said Monday, according to YNet. Dorner, who headed a commission investigating the state’s treatment of survivors, said the government was misuing… More ▸

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    The Argentine Jewish film director Daniel Burman received a prestigious prize from the Vatican at the current Venice film festival. Burman on Tuesday received the Bresson Prize, awarded by the Vatican to filmmakers whose work shows the spiritual meaning of life. Filmmakers such as Giuseppe Tornatore and Wim Wenders have previously received this honor. Monsignor… More ▸

  • Notes from the Gop Convention

    Like her husband, Hadassah Lieberman is backing John McCain for president. On Monday afternoon, she was the featured speaker at the Republican Jewish Coalition’s National Women’s Committee fund-raiser and fashion show. But, Lieberman insisted to JTA, that doesn’t mean she’s become a Republican. A global ambassador for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation, Lieberman… More ▸

  • At Dnc, Noshing and Schmoozing, Carter Stays Mum and Charlie Wilson’s War

    For the party trying to change the impression that it hasn’t got enough religion, Democrats got maybe a little too much on Sunday. Hundreds of party faithful got dollops of, well, faith in the cavernous Wells Fargo Theater in what organizers repeatedly reassured whoever would listen was the first time a major party convention was… More ▸

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    Israeli film director Amos Gitai was honored at the 61st Locarno International Film Festival. He received the “Leopard of Honor” prize, which pays tribute each year to a major director who is still active. Gitai’s latest film, “One Day You will Understand” was shown as part of the August festival, and a retrospective of several… More ▸

  • For Kampala’s Needy Orphans, Israelis Provide a Shining Light

    Bleak and dusty, the Namuwongo slum stretches along the main rail line that runs through this capital city. Shantytown dwellers who use the tracks as a pedestrian thoroughfare are killed or maimed regularly by passing trains. Yards away, among the wooden shacks, stand the bamboo walls of a kindergarten for some of the slum’s neediest… More ▸

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    Brad Pitt will star as a Jewish American soldier in a film by Quentin Tarantino. Pitt signed on to play a southern Jew who leads a team of eight Jewish Americans in exacting vengeance on the Nazis in German-occupied France. The film, “Inglorious Bastards,” is due to start shooting in Germany in October. More ▸

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    The sale of Nazi memorabilia at a north Dublin market may violate Irish law. Ruairi Quinn, the chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust of Ireland, called for an investigation into the sale of the memorabilia and propaganda materials at the Sunday market. Quinn, who is also a member of the Irish parliament, said the items… More ▸

  • Diplomat Who Survived Argentina’s ‘dirty War’ Speaks out Against Iran

    Iran must own up to its crimes the way Argentina did after the “dirty war” of the 1970s if it ever hopes to cleanse its collective soul. So says Hector Timerman, Argentina’s ambassador to the United States, and a survivor of that war — one of the darkest chapters in modern Latin American history. Timerman,… More ▸