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British Labour Party readmits member accused of Holocaust revisionism, bars another

(JTA) — The British Labour Party punished an activist for making an anti-Semitic remark about Adolf Hitler after reinstating a member accused of Holocaust revisionism.

Labour activist Nasreen Khan was passed over this week from representing Labour at a municipal election over her 2012 Facebook post about Jews in which she said teachers are “brainwashing us and our children into thinking the bad guy was Hitler,” according to the Jewish News. Khan said she regretted the text, which also read, “What have the Jews done good in this world?”

Separately, philosopher Moshe Machover was readmitted after writing that Nazism and…

7 Israelis who have made a deep impact on life in America

(JTA) — When Natalie Portman was named the 2018 winner of the $1 million Genesis Prize, known as the “Jewish Nobel,” it was in part an acknowledgement of her Israeli roots.

While the Oscar-winning actress mostly grew up in the United States, Portman — née Herschlag — is also Israeli. Her father, Avner Herschlag, grew up in Israel, and her mother married him there. The family moved to the U.S. when she was 3.

Portman’s facility with Hebrew was on display when she directed and starred in the Hebrew-language film “Tale of Love and Darkness,” based on the book by…

5 amazing discoveries from a trove of documents hidden during the Holocaust

NEW YORK (JTA) — Last month, the YIVO Institute for Jewish Research made an astonishing announcement: the discovery of 170,000 Jewish documents thought to have been destroyed during the Holocaust.

The papers, which date from the mid-18th century through World War II, survived destruction attempts by both the Nazis and the Soviets.

In 1941, as part of program to loot Jewish museums and institutions, the Nazis raided YIVO, which is now based in New York but then was headquartered in Vilna. A group of Jewish slave laborers called the “Paper Brigade” smuggled some books, papers and artwork into the Vilna ghetto…

Frans Krajcberg, Jewish sculptor and protector of Brazil’s forests, dies at 96

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Frans Krajcberg, one of Brazil’s most acclaimed sculptors and environmentalists, has died.

The Polish-born Jewish artist, whose entire family was killed in the Holocaust, died in a Rio hospital Wednesday. He was 96.

An accomplished painter, engraver and photographer, he was most famous for his sculptures made from tree trunks and roots burned by destructive wildfires.

“There are evidently in my work cultural reminiscences, war reminiscences, which emerge from my subconscious,” he wrote in 1970 “Negro River Naturalist Manifesto,” which he co-authored. “With all the racism, the anti-Semitism, I experienced in Europe, I could…

Designer Karl Lagerfeld slams Germany for welcoming Jews’ ‘worst enemies’

(JTA) — Fashion designer Karl Lagerfeld criticized Germany for welcoming Muslim refugees, saying the country should not take in the Jews’ “worst enemies” given its responsibility for the Holocaust.

Lagerfeld, 80, the chief designer at the Chanel fashion house, made the comments Saturday on a French television talk show. He immediately caused an outcry.

“One cannot – even if there are decades between them – kill millions of Jews so you can bring millions of their worst enemies in their place,” he said. “I know someone in Germany who took a young Syrian and after four days said ‘the…