Tag: World War II

It’s Jew vs. Jew in France as conflict over women reading Torah turns ugly

MARSEILLE, France (JTA) — The Edmond Fleg Center is the cultural heart of France’s second largest Jewish community, even if its facade resembles a prison.

But behind the exterior of security cameras and blast-proof doors – a response to anti-Semitic attacks in recent years on members of Marseille’s Jewish community of 80,000 – this five-story building is nonetheless an attempt at welcoming one and all into a space that encourages unity.

Jews of all denominations come here for activities and workshops. There’s a state-of-the-art cinema, a breezy terrace roof and regional offices of the major Jewish groups in France.

One…

A T-shirt company tried to reclaim the swastika as a peaceful symbol. It didn’t go so well.

(JTA) — An American company is facing criticism for marketing T-shirts that frame the swastika as a symbol of “love” and “life.”

KA Designs was selling the shirts, which feature white swastikas on a rainbow-colored background with the words “peace” or “zen,” on the U.S.-based clothing company Teespring’s website.

Before the Nazis tainted the swastika by using it as their official symbol during World War II, it had been — and remains — a religious icon in Buddhism, Hinduism and Jainism for thousands of years.

This hilarious HBO executive picks her 5 favorite Jewish documentaries

(JTA) — Sheila Nevins may not be a household name, but she is a legend in the documentary film world.

Since taking over HBO’s documentary division in 1979, the network’s documentaries have won 26 Academy Awards. In that same period, as a producer, she has won 32 Primetime Emmy Awards and 34 News and Documentary Emmy Awards.

Along the way, Nevins has worked on plenty of projects with Jewish themes, touching on subjects that range from Daniel Pearl to the Holocaust. Some of these, Nevins told JTA, influenced her beyond the professional realm, helping her connect with her Jewish…

Argentina delivers thousands of WWII-era documents to US Holocaust museum

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — The Argentine Foreign Ministry delivered to the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington a series of documents about World War II, some of them related to Nazi war criminals.

The digital copies of the documents delivered are mainly letters, telegrams, newspaper articles, notes and reports, totaling almost 40,000 documents. An agreement for this transfer was signed on Friday in Buenos Aires between Argentina´s Secretary of International Cooperation Ernesto Gaspari and USHMM representative Samanta Casareto.

The 38,779 documents were produced by Argentina’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs between 1939 and 1950.

Among the documents are the communications between Argentina and…

Hungarian prime minister acknowledges his country’s ‘sin’ of abandoning its Jews to the Nazis

(JTA) — Hungary committed a “sin” in not protecting its Jewish citizens during World War II and collaborating with the Nazis, the country’s prime minister said while vowing it would never happen again.

Viktor Orban, speaking at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu following their meeting Tuesday, also said that Hungary has a “zero tolerance” policy toward anti-Semitism and he would work to put a stop to it in Europe.

Meanwhile, Netanyahu told reporters he discussed with Orban concerns raised by the Jewish community about anti-Semitism and security in the aftermath of a government billboard…