28 juillet 2007

Wiesenthal Center urges Vatican to quickly remove offensive prayer

Jewish groups welcomed the Vatican's suggestion that a highly controversial prayer for the conversion of Jews could be dropped from a revived Latin rite, urging it to do so quickly. The Simon Wiesenthal Center said in statement on Friday that the prayer "considered offensive and dangerous to Jews" could be interpreted by some as justifying anti-Semitism. Meanwhile, the American Jewish Committee (AJC) welcomed comments by the Vatican's No. 2 official on Wednesday indicating that the prayer could be dropped from the re-introduced... [Lire la suite]
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28 juillet 2007

German historian wants Hitler's book republished

Professor Horst Moeller thinks Mein Kampf should be released in German before copyright limiting its publication expires in 2015. A German historian is campaigning to get Adolf Hitler's Mein Kampf Published in Germany for the first time since World War Two, warning that a delay could turn the controversial book into a sensation. But his drive has been criticized by Jewish groups, who say publishing the book too early would offend Holocaust survivors and send the wrong signal about Germany. Hitler dictated the tome while in prison... [Lire la suite]
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28 juillet 2007

German magazine Der Spiegel reports investigators are focusing on Spain and Austria in their hunt for SS doctor Aribert Heim

Investigators are closing in on one of the last living top Nazi war criminals, Germany's Der Spiegel magazine reported on Saturday. Germany has for decades been searching for Aribert Heim, an SS doctor accused of having killed hundreds of concentration camp inmates with heart injections. Earlier this month, Austria said it was offering a $68,260 reward for information leading to the arrest of Heim and Alois Brunner, an aide to Adolf Eichmann who helped organize the deportation of Jews to death camps. Spiegel magazine said... [Lire la suite]
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27 juillet 2007

Top Vatican official says controversial Latin prayer for Jews could be dropped

The most senior official in the Vatican after the Pope suggested yesterday that a highly controversial prayer for the conversion of the Jews could be dropped from the re-introduced Latin-language rite. Speaking at a news conference, Cardinal Tarcisio Bertone was asked about Pope Benedict's recent decree allowing a wider use of the old Latin missal, or prayer book, that was phased out after the reforms of the so-called Second Vatican Council. Jewish leaders sharply criticized the decree, which revived the possible use of a... [Lire la suite]
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27 juillet 2007

Jewish cemetery desecrated in southern Czech town

Dozens of tombstones overturned at Pisek cemetery south of Prague; number of anti-Semitic incidents on rise in past few months. Jewish cemetery was desecrated in a southern Czech town, police said Friday. Spokeswoman Hana Moltasova said in a statement that 23 tombstones were overturned at the cemetery in Pisek, 100 kilometers (62 miles) south of Prague. Five of the tombstones were broken, she said. The cemetery, dating back to the 19th century, is no longer used for burials, and opened to public in 1993 after renovations. Just ten... [Lire la suite]
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25 juillet 2007

Berlin Jewish Center builds replica of Western Wall

100-square-meter replica of Judaism’s holiest site to cost $8.2 million; ‘this is a symbolic part of making Berlin a central hub of Jewish life again,’ center’s rabbi says Ynet reported.Germany’s new $8.2 million Jewish community center will feature a replica of Jerusalem’s Western Wall - accurate down to the plants sprouting from it, the center’s leaders said. The 100-square-meter replica will be part of Szloma Albam House, whose opening Sept. 2 will provide another sign of the growth and vitality of Berlin’s 12,000-member Jewish... [Lire la suite]
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24 juillet 2007

Radical Polish priest issues apology for anti-Semitic remarks

A radical Polish priest apologised on Tuesday for making anti-Semitic comments as well as calling President Lech Kaczynski a liar and his wife a witch. Audio tapes released by a Polish magazine this month appeared to capture Father Tadeusz Rydzyk accusing a "Jewish lobby" of trying to extract millions from the Polish state. In addition, he told students of his outrage at the failure of the ruling Kaczynski brothers to toughen abortion laws -- already among Europe's toughest.Rydzyk is heard saying the support of the president's... [Lire la suite]
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22 juillet 2007

French PM urges youth to remember horrors of Holocaust

Prime Minister Francois Fillon urged France's youth to remember the horrors of the Holocaust during a speech Sunday to mark the 65th anniversary of a World War II roundup of Jews. Speaking at the former site of the Velodrome d'Hiver bicycle stadium - which was used as a transit camp for thousands of Jews on July 16-17, 1942 - Fillon said the French must not shrink from the memory of those hours of shame. On those July 1942 days, 13,152 Jews were rounded up in the Paris region, and 8,169, mostly children, were held at the stadium... [Lire la suite]
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17 juillet 2007

Czech Jewish cemetery desecrated

A Jewish cemetery has been desecrated in a northeastern Czech town, an official said Tuesday. Jirina Garajova, head of the Jewish community in Ostrava, 350 kilometers east of Prague, said that 25 tombstones were overturned at the Jewish cemetery in the nearby town of Bohumin over the weekend. Two of the tombstones were broken, she said. The cemetery, dating back to the 19th century, is no longer used for burials and opened to public on July 1 after renovations. Some 400 Jews lived in Bohumin before the World War II. Only 11 survived... [Lire la suite]
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17 juillet 2007

L'antisémitisme progresse en Europe

Les sentiments antisémites progressent en Europe, selon un sondage réalisé dans six pays et qui montre qu'une personne sur deux pense que les juifs sont plus fidèles à Israël qu'à leur propre pays. Ce sondage, commandé par l'Anti-Defamation League, a été réalisé par l'institut TNS-Sofres et présenté aujourd'hui lors d'une conférence de presse à Jérusalem. Ses résultats, comparés aux résultats de la même enquête en 2005, montrent une hausse des sentiments négatifs à l'égard des juifs. L'enquête montre que les stéréotypes... [Lire la suite]
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