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  • Prince William unveils statue for spy who saved Jews from Holocaust

    (JTA) — Britain’s Prince William unveiled a statue of Frank Foley, a British spy who helped save thousands of Jews from the Nazis during the Holocaust. William, whose title is The Duke of Cambridge, revealed the statue last week in Stourbridge, in the West Midlands county of England. Foley died there in 1958. Before the unveiling…

  • Israeli medical company Mazor robotics sold for record-breaking $1.6 billion

    (JTA) — Israeli medical robotic company Mazor Robotics will be acquired by Dublin-based Medtronic in a deal worth approximately $1.64 billion, the companies announced. The deal, which the Irish firm announced Thursday, represents the largest sale or “exit” of an Israeli medical company to date, surpassing the $1.1 billion acquisition of NeuroDerm by Mitsubishi Tanabe…

  • Pope Francis urged to speak out against construction atop a Vilnius Jewish cemetery

    (JTA) — Pope Francis is being urged to protest a Lithuanian government plan to build a conference center atop a former cemetery. Dovid Katz, a professor of Yiddish who runs the Defending History group and website, made the appeal in a statement ahead of the pope’s planned visit Sunday to the Vilnius Ghetto, the part…

  • Unopened letter sent to Anne Frank’s home fetches $11,000 at auction

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — An unopened letter that was mailed to the home of Anne Frank while she and her family were in hiding fetched more than $11,000 at an auction. Bidding on the envelope, which came from an insurance company in 1942, began at $570 ahead of the auction, which took place Friday at the…

  • Bloody prayer shawl from Yom Kippur pogrom found in former Lodz ghetto

    (JTA) — Part of a blood-stained prayer shawl from a 1940 Yom Kippur pogrom was found in the former ghetto of Lodz, Poland and brought to Israel, its finder said. The part of the shawl, or tallit, is a decorative collar known as an atarah. It was discovered this month by a worker with the…

  • Polish town accused of turning Jewish cemetery into soccer field

    (JTA) — A state-funded sports complex was built on a disused Jewish cemetery in southeastern Poland, several Jewish groups complained. The complex, comprising a basketball and soccer court, was inaugurated on Sept. 6 at a ribbon- cutting ceremony in Klimontow, a town located 20 miles northeast of Krakow, according to the municipality’s website. It said…

  • After foot-dragging, Romanian Holocaust victims got $10 million since 2015

    (JTA) — Romanian Holocaust survivors have received $10 million in payments since 2015, the World Jewish Restitution Organization said. The funds have been distributed to thousands of recipients from that country, which after decades of resistance and foot-dragging has in recent years taken some major steps toward offering compensation to victims of the genocide perpetrated…

  • Dutch Islamist politician: Yom Kippur fast won’t atone for Israel’s sins

    AMSTERDAM (JTA) — A Dutch Muslim politician who has prayed for Allah to “exterminate the Zionists” said that a day of fasting on Yom Kippur will not suffice to atone for Israel’s sins.   Arnoud van Doorn, a lawmaker of the Hague’s city council for the Islamist Party for Unity, wrote on Sept. 18 on…

  • France to open Dreyfus museum at Emil Zola House, historian says

    (JTA) — Preparations are underway for opening a state museum in France for the wrongly persecuted Jewish army officer Alfred Dreyfus, a prominent historian said. The Dreyfus museum will open next fall inside the Emil Zola House in Medan in suburban Paris, which is a monument comprising a museum that opened in 1984 for the…

  • Pro-Israel group warns Spain about recognizing Palestinian state

    (JTA) — A pro-Israel lobbying group in Spain warned that if the country recognizes a Palestinian state, Israel may do the same for the restive Catalonia region. The head of the ACOM group, Angel Mas, issued the warning last week in an op-ed for the ABC daily. It came amid reports — which were confirmed…