(JTA) – The U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum slammed the decision by the Hungarian state to grant a prestigious award to Zsolt Bayer, a journalist long criticized for articles deemed racist and anti-Semitic. The state awarded Bayer the Knights Cross of the Order of Merit last week. “This award is intended to recognize individuals who demonstrate…
ROME (JTA) – Italy’s Jewish community pledged aid to the areas of central Italy hit by a deadly earthquake early Wednesday morning. Noemi Di Segni, the president of the Union of Italian Jewish Communities, or UCEI, issued a statement saying Italy’s Jews expressed full solidarity with the victims of the quake and were also ready to mobilize…
(JTA) – The president of Hungary’s main Jewish umbrella organization, Mazsihisz, has returned a high state award to protest the same award being presented to a nationalist journalist described as racist and anti-Semitic. In a Facebook post, Andras Heisler, who is also a vice president of the World Jewish Congress, said he was returning the…
For the sixth year in a row, the seven synagogues in Krakow’s historic Jewish district, Kazimierz, opened their doors for 7@Nite – or the Night of the Synagogues, a one-night mini-festival aimed at bolstering Jewish pride and promoting Jewish awareness among the public.
When Pope Francis crosses the Tiber River to visit to Rome’s Great Synagogue on Sunday, he’ll become the third pontiff in history to do so. But his 1.5-mile journey to the towering Tempio Maggiore shows that what was once unthinkable is now the norm.
Auschwitz is a place where history, commemoration and, increasingly, mass tourism collide. And as the recent debacle over so-called ‘Auschwitz showers’ shows, the overlap of museum and memory doesn’t alway go smoothly.
The $100 million dollar facility will be open to the public, offering kosher-vegetarian options to a seafood-centric city.
Interest in Jewish culture is mushrooming in Poland, especially among non-Jews. In many ways, the much-heralded POLIN museum is just high-profile tip of a very big iceberg.
No Jews have lived in Nova Cerekev since the Holocaust. But driving into the nondescript little town 80 miles from Prague, you still can’t miss the synagogue.
Two very different events, hundreds of miles apart, demonstrated the wide range of ways in which the memory of Jews and the Holocaust are commemorated in Poland.