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  • Fascist rally organizer in Italy wears ‘Auschwitzland’ T-shirt

    ROME (JTA) – An Italian far-right activist sparked outrage by wearing a T-shirt with a cartoonlike logo reading “Auschwitzland” at a rally in fascist dictator Benito Mussolini’s home town. Selene Ticchi wore the T-shirt to a rally Sunday in the northeast town of Predappio. Media described her as an activist with the neo-fascist Forza Nuova…

  • Mussolini’s granddaughter under fire from Italian Jews for threatening tweet

    ROME (JTA) – The granddaughter of Benito Mussolini unleashed a storm of protest from the Jewish community with a tweeted threat to sue anyone who posted “pictures or phrases” that were “offensive” regarding her grandfather, Italy’s Nazi ally fascist dictator. Alessandra Mussolini, a longtime right-wing politician and currently an Italian member of the European Parliament,…

  • Volunteers rescue Jewish headstones used to pave street in western Ukraine

    (JTA) — Volunteers have rescued dozens of Jewish headstones used to pave a street in the western Ukraine city Lviv. “The whole street is made from ‘matzevot,’” Sasha Nazar, director of the Lviv Volunteer Center of the Hesed Arieh All-Ukrainian Jewish Charitable Foundation, told Jewish Heritage Europe, using the Hebrew word for gravestones. Nazar said he was…

  • Italian Jews recall Holocaust-era law in condemning plan to register country’s Roma

    ROME (JTA) — Italy’s Jewish community condemned a call by the country’s hardline interior minister to take a census of Italy’s Roma, or Gypsy, population. The Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, said in a statement issued Tuesday that the call by Matteo Salvini to create a “registry” of Roma in Italy recalled the…

  • Rome mayor blocks naming street for neo-fascist leader

    ROME (JTA) – Rome will not have a street named after Giorgio Almirante, one of the country’s most notorious post-war neo-fascist leaders, after all. Almirante, who died in 1988, founded the neo-fascist MSI party in 1946. Under fascism, he had signed the anti-Semitic 1938 “Manifesto for the Defense of the Race” and served as an…

  • Vatican announces sainthood for Pope Paul VI for October

    ROME (JTA) – Pope Paul VI, the first pontiff to visit Israel and open the Roman Catholic Church to formal dialogue with the Jewish world, will be canonized on October 14. The Vatican made the announcement of Paul’s impending sainthood on Saturday. Paul will be canonized along with the assassinated Archbishop of San Salvador, Oscar Romero, an…

  • Rome Jewish community holds separate Liberation Day rallies

    (JTA) – The prime minister of Italy and the mayor of Rome attended rallies staged by Rome’s Jewish community to mark the 73rd anniversary of Italy’s liberation from the Nazis. The rallies Wednesday were held separately from the main Liberation Day march in Rome, which the Jewish community boycotted because of the presence of Palestinian and pro-Palestinian groups….

  • Rome’s Jewish community to boycott official Liberation Day ceremonies

    ROME (JTA) – Rome’s Jewish community said it will boycott official ceremonies marking Italy’s Liberation Day because of the inclusion of pro-Palestinian groups that intend to protest against Israel. The April 25 holiday marks Italy’s liberation from the Nazis in 1945. Marches and commemorative rallies are scheduled to be held in many cities on Wednesday. A statement…

  • Serbian and Hungarian leaders help dedicate restored historic Serbian synagogue

    (JTA) – President Aleksandar Vucic of Serbia and Prime Minister Viktor Orban of Hungary took part in an official ceremony opening a synagogue in northern Serbia following a full restoration of the art nouveau building. Some 900 invited guests attended the ceremony Monday in Subotica. The synagogue, which is owned by the municipality, will be managed…

  • Stumbling stone Holocaust memorial stolen in Italy

    ROME (JTA) – Italian police are investigating the theft of a “stumbling stone” Holocaust memorial to an Auschwitz victim. The memorial, a gold-colored cobblestone-sized monument embedded in sidewalk, was stolen last week just a month after it was placed in Collegno, a suburb of Turin in northwest Italy. Collegno Mayor Francesco Casciano called the theft…