Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)


European Jews Fight Polish Kosher Slaughter Ban

By Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)

European Jews Fight Polish Kosher Slaughter Ban
Major European Jewish organizations have started to fight the ban on kosher slaughter in Poland, after the country’s parliament decided last week to leave intact the prohibition on killing animals for meat without first stunning them, which affects both Jewish and Muslim religious slaughter.Read More


Did John F. Kennedy Admire Adolf Hitler?

By Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)

Did John F. Kennedy Admire Adolf Hitler?
John F. Kennedy admired Hitler as a young man and felt fascism was right for Germany, according to a new book in German that mines the future president’s diaries.Read More


Composer Richard Wagner Turns 200, Still Dogged by Hatred in Beautiful Music

By Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)

Composer Richard Wagner Turns 200, Still Dogged by Hatred in Beautiful Music
He was a brilliant composer, a confirmed anti-Semite and an undeniably significant influence on the history of music. And today, he would have been 200 years old.Read More


Hundreds Flock to Warsaw Museum on First Day

By Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)

Hundreds Flock to Warsaw Museum on First Day
Hundreds of people, including many journalists and foreign tourists, waited in long lines and filled the square outside the Museum of the History of Polish Jews, which opened Sautrday for the first time.Read More


Portions of Dr. Mengele's Journal To Be Auctioned Off

By Ofer Aderet (Haaretz)

More than 4,000 pages of journal entries and other material written by Dr. Josef Mengele are to go under the hammer Thursday at an American auction house.Read More






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