International

Richard Wagner’s family to give correspondence to state archives

BERLIN (JTA) — A descendant of Richard Wagner, Adolf Hitler’s favorite composer,  promised to hand over the correspondence of her late father to the Bavarian State Archives.

Katharina Wagner, a great-granddaughter of the composer and director of the annual Bayreuth Festival of his works, told the Tagesspiegel newspaper in Berlin...
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Jorge Rafael Videla, Argentinian dictator who killed Jews, dies

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (JTA) — Former Argentinian dictator Jorge Rafael Videla, who is believed to be responsible for the disappearance of thousands of the country’s Jews, died in prison.

Videla was  serving a life sentence for crimes against humanity when he died on Friday at 87.

He had ruled the...
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Russian Chabad chief rabbi dedicates new synagogue

JTA) — A Russian chief rabbi dedicated a Torah scroll at a new synagogue in Moscow. Rabbi Berel Lazar, who is affiliated with the Chabad movement, installed the  scroll at the Michurinsky synagogue, which opened two months ago, the Interfax news agency reported. The dedication ceremony was held May 14.

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Death to Jews’ tattoo costs Hungarian martial artist Prague gig

(JTA) — A Hungarian martial arts fighter was disinvited from a tournament in Prague because of his Nazi tattoos, including one reading “death to the Jews.”

Some sponsors of the Heroes Gate event told organizers that Attila Petrovszki was not allowed to attend last Friday’s event because he had a...
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Morrocan king funding preservation of Cape Verde Jewish heritag – but to what end?

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ

PRAIA, Cape Verde (JTA) — A Portuguese rabbi and a Moroccan diplomat stood shoulder to shoulder in a Catholic cemetery here while 200 mourners howled in grief as they buried a resident of this island off the western coast of Africa.

The foreigners had come to Cape...
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Anne Frank commemoration dispute spawns Nazi comparison

(JTA) — A manager of Switzerland’s Anne Frank Fund accused a Dutch organization bearing the Jewish diarist’s name of a Nazi-style seizure of the Frank family’s possessions.

“In the 1940s, the Frank family had its possessions seized by the Germans and their accomplices. Now a Dutch institution is trying again...
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German opera staging Nazi atrocities is cancelled

(JTA) — A production of Richard Wagner’s “Tannhauser” opera in Dusseldorf that was harshly criticized for staging Nazi atrocities was canceled after less than a week.

Performances of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein company’s production at the Dusseldorf Opera House are still scheduled despite the cancellation.

The company had considered...
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Calls to destroy Israel at Muslim Brotherhood’s Cairo rally

(JTA) — Calls for Israel’s destruction were heard in Cairo at the first anti-Israel rally organized by the Muslim Brotherhood since the movement’s candidate was elected president.

Several hundred participated in the demonstration last Friday, chanting “the people want destruction of Israel,” the Associated Press reported. The rally was to...
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Scottish church to alter report denying Jews’ claims to Israel

(JTA) — The Church of Scotland will reword a controversial report which said “scripture” provides no basis for Jewish claims to Israel, the church said in statement.

The 10-page report, titled “The Inheritance of Abraham” and published online earlier this month, has been taken down from the Church of Scotland’s...
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El Salvador establishes diplomatic ties with Palestinian Authority

(JTA) — El Salvador established diplomatic ties with the Palestinian Authority during a visit there by a Palestinian minister who praised Latin America for its “very strong and clear” support.

Palestinian Authority Foreign Minister Riad Malki was scheduled last Friday to sign the agreement with his Salvadoran counterpart, Hugo Martinez,...
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