France Honors Thousands of Jews Placed in Drancy Internment Camp; nearly all died in Holocaust

“France has inaugurated a memorial to tens of thousands of Jews forced into a World War II internment camp during World War II that was set up with cooperation from the Nazi collaborationist Vichy government.”   Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/europe/france-honors-thousands-of-jews-placed-in-drancy-internment-camp-nearly-all-died-in-holocaust/2012/09/21/c0db57d8-03dd-11e2-9132-f2750cd65f97_story.html

European Court of Human Rights Rules on Discrimination Against Roma in Ukraine Murders

“The European Court of Human Rights yesterday delivered a judgment finding discrimination in the case of Fedorchenko and Lozenko v Ukraine. Five Romani people, including three children, died after a violent arson attack, which took place on 28 October 2001 in the Kremenchug region of Ukraine. Three men deliberately set a family home on fire, […]

Soviet Jewry Panel in Memory of Lil Hoffman

Lil Hoffman was a long time member of the Board of the UCSJ. Her daughter, Sheila Bialik, convened a panel a few years ago as a tribute to her mother’s tremendous work helping Soviet Jews emigrate from the USSR. Below is an excerpt from the video she created from the panel, which was recently broadcasted […]

4 Injured After Package Explodes at Paris Kosher Grocery Store

“A small package bomb exploded inside a kosher grocery store in a Paris suburb Wednesday, according to an agency that tracks anti-Semitic attacks in France.” Source: http://www.nydailynews.com/news/world/4-injured-package-explodes-paris-kosher-grocery-store-report-article-1.1162995#ixzz277WLkWxG

Trove of everyday items reveals Lithuania’s dark Holocaust secret

A young Lithuanian archaeologist reveals a dark secret hidden for 70 years: the remnants of the personal belongings of the Jews killed in the city of Kovno. Haaretz – By Ofer Aderet | Aug.31, 2012 On the shiny glass table lay jewelry, coins and metal utensils – similar to those in a catalog of antiques. […]

Dagestan’s ‘Mountain Jews’ Flee Chaos- After 12 Centuries, Violence Rips Caucasus Community Apart

By Judith Matloff Forward – Published September 03, 2012, issue of September 07, 2012. Makhachkala, Russia — Getting to Friday services in Makhachkala, the capital city of the Russian Republic of Dagestan, was complicated. Three giant bombs had earlier gone off down the road, and authorities had sealed off streets near the synagogue. En route […]

Swedish solidarity ‘kipah walk’ unites Jews, non-Jews

August 19, 2012 (JTA) – Several hundred kipah-wearing Jews and non-Jews marched in Sweden as a sign of solidarity with Malmo’s Jews. Some 400 marchers gathered Saturday outside the synagogue in Malmo and walked to Mollevangs Square, a part of the city with many Muslim immigrants from the Middle East. Speakers included Brigitta Ohlsson, minister […]

European Jewish Union (EJU) held a conference in Brussels on ‘European Integration and its impact on anti-Semitism’, on September 4, 2012

PRESS RELEASE—FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE London, September 6, 2012 European Jewish Union (EJU) held a conference in Brussels on ‘European Integration and its impact on anti-Semitism’, on September 4, 2012 European Jewish Union CEO Tomer Orni, the organizer of the conference together with the European Jewish Parliament and Tzedek, the Association of European Jewish Lawyers, opened […]

Jewish groups slam Estonian mock ad for depicting concentration camp prisoners

Efraim Zuroff of the Simon Wiesenthal Center in Jerusalem calls mock ad in the Eesti Ekspress weekly a ‘perverted attempt at humor at the expense of the Nazis’ millions of victims.’ THE ASSOCIATED PRESS TALLINN, Estonia – Jewish organizations have denounced an Estonian newspaper for publishing a mock ad for weight-loss pills depicting emaciated prisoners […]