Museums

  • Holocaust Museum to Project Survivor Portraits

    The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum will project portraits of survivors on its exterior walls as part of a slide show throughout Washington. Museums in Washington will project the images this week and next as part of the inaugural “FotoWeek DC” promoting the photographic arts. The images of 63 survivors, to be projected from dusk to… More ▸

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    The Simon Wiesenthal Center can build its long-planned Center for Human Dignity-Museum of Tolerance in Jerusalem. On Wednesday, the Israeli Supreme Court gave its approval eight years after the initial announcement that famed architect Frank Gehry would design the landmark museum and four years after a groundbreaking ceremony attended by Israeli and California dignitaries was… More ▸

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    Israel’s ambassador to Austria was named public relations person of the year. Dan Ashbel was cited by the Austrian Public Relations Association for his work in improving Israel’s image. Israel’s Foreign Ministry has been criticized over the years over its representation of the state, especially regarding the Middle Eastern conflict, but Ashbel has marketed a… More ▸

  • Halloween or Shabbat? a Tricky Choice This Year

    This election year the calendar has dealt the Jewish community an October surprise. The final Friday of the month is Oct. 31, and many families, in addition to choosing a candidate, will now also need to decide the weightier issue of which Friday eve tradition to favor, Shabbat or Halloween? Some, like me, will try… More ▸

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    Yukiko Sugihara, who encouraged her diplomat husband to issue the visas that saved thousands of Jews, has died. Sugihara died Oct. 8 in Fujisawa, Japan. She was 94. In 1940, Sugihara encouraged her husband, Chiune, Japan’s consul in Kovno, Lithuania, to issue visas to thousands of Polish Jews trapped in Lithuania, despite the risk to… More ▸

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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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    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 ▸

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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 ▸

  • Contemporary Art Meets Chabad at New Exhibition in Moscow

    Billionaire art collectors, critics, socialites, gallery directors and other denizens of the international art scene were among the standard guests at the recent opening of a vast, new nonprofit contemporary art space in the Russian capital. But there was an unusual addition to the champagne-sipping crowd at the launch of The Garage Center for Contemporary… More ▸