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When Ireland rejected Jewish orphans fleeing Nazis, this man saved dozens

A new film chronicling Irish anti-Semitism stars one WWII hero, essayist Hubert Butler, who was ostracized for speaking against the Catholic church By Robert Philpot LONDON — On July 9, 1943, newly-elected member of the Irish parliament Oliver Flanagan rose to make his maiden speech. “There is one thing that Germany did and that was […]

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His heroism saved 200 Jewish lives

With a pistol at his head, non-Jewish GI sergeant defied Nazi orders Master Sgt. Roddie Edmonds and his men during field training in Tennessee before shipping out for Europe. Lester Tanner, left, and former television star Sonny Fox, best known for TV shows “Wonderama” and “The $64,000 Challenge,” were two of the GIs who survived […]

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How Jewish activism has wiped out Tay-Sachs

Thanks to technology and an aggressive screening campaign, the genetic disease is all but gone today — and carrier couples can have healthy children By Ira Stoll JTA — Parents of children born with Tay-Sachs disease talk about “three deaths.” There is the moment when parents first learn that their child has been diagnosed with […]

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Eger: How to survive evil and restore emotional freedom

The Choice: Embrace the Possible by Dr. Edith Eva Eger; Scribner, 289 pages including index; $27. By Donald H. Harrison SAN DIEGO – This book, no doubt, will be remembered as important for going beyond the realm of a  Holocaust memoir and becoming a Holocaust life lesson. For Eger, the retelling of her experiences at […]

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Einstein’s letter criticising Chamberlain’s appeasement policy to be auctioned

Nobel Prize winning physicist warned against the ‘naive’ approach towards Germany from the then British PM By Jewish News reporter Albert Einstein 1938 ALS Regarding Hitler. Photo credit: Nate D. Sanders Auctions ( A letter from Albert Einstein to his best friend in which he criticises Neville Chamberlain’s appeasement of Nazi Germany is to be […]

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Film Shows How ‘Curious George’ Creators Escaped Nazis

We all think we know Curious George, the rambunctious primate who’s been entertaining children since his first book was published in 1941. He’s been in television shows, blockbuster movies and video games, shaping the lives of countless children. But a new documentary, Monkey Business, tells the story of the iconic children’s character on film for […]

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The improbable journey of German-Venezuelan-American wandering Jews

Hans Wolfermann is remembered for his tenacity in the face of dictatorial regimes from Nazi Europe to South America By Steve North Hans Wolfermann was nearly 96 when he passed away last month, lucid until the end, with his loving wife of 70 years at his side. It was, perhaps, a typical death in a […]

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A tropical story of diamonds and Holocaust survival in ‘Cuba’s Forgotten Jewels’

A new film explores the forgotten history of when the Caribbean island became a temporary gem hub after opening its doors to thousands of European Jews fleeing the Nazis By Larry Luxner HAVANA, Cuba — On a hot and steamy Shabbat afternoon in early July, 50 or so Jews gathered in the social hall of […]

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Rights Group Blames Trump as Holocaust Memorial Smashed

A civil rights group has accused President Donald Trump of creating an “incubator of hate” after a Holocaust memorial in Boston was vandalized for the second time in two months on Monday. Police in Boston arrested a 17-year-old male suspect on Monday evening after being told by witnesses that he had thrown a rock and […]

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Why isn’t Japan as repentant as Germany?

By Ira Sharkansky JERUSALEM — We recently had the pleasure of hosting a family of Japanese friends on our balcony. Along with the view, extending 35 miles to the lights of Amman, in contrast with their Tokyo view to the nearby apartment house, we talked at length, as we have done in the past, about […]

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OpEd: Tonight Let’s light candles in the darkness

By Eric George Tauber SAN DIEGO — “Jews will not replace us!” This was one of the slogans chanted by the Alt-Right in Charlottesville, VA yesterday. A more diverse group gathered in opposition to the blend of Neo-Nazis and White Supremacists at Emancipation Park. (As far as I can tell, the only difference between them […]

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World’s oldest man dies in Israel aged 113 years

Tel Aviv (dpa) – The world’s oldest man, Holocaust survivor Israel Kristal, died Friday in the Israeli city of Haifa at the age of 113. Kristal’s daughter, Schulamit Kristal, confirmed her father’s passing to dpa, following reports of his death in the newspaper Haaretz. The Guinness Book of Records awarded Kristal the title of world’s […]

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Austrians tread carefully as underfoot Holocaust memorials remain controversial

For the past 20 years Stolpersteine, or stumbling stones, have peppered the idyllic town of Salzburg, a reminder of the city’s victims. But does anyone notice? By Noah Lederman SALZBURG, Austria — Let the dead trip the people into remembering — that was the committee’s first proposal for how the Stolpersteine plaques should be installed […]

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Lecture on how World War I impacted San Diego Jewry

SAN DIEGO (Press Release)–This year, 2017, marks the 100th anniversary of the United States’ entry into World War I. In commemoration of that and as part of the program series related to “Celebrate San Diego! The History & Heritage of San Diego’s Jewish Community,” the San Diego History Center will host a public lecture at […]

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