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Woman gets PhD, aged 102

June 4, 2015

A doctor who was denied a PhD by the Nazis will receive the qualification from the University of Hamburg on Sunday - aged 102.

Seventy seven years after she handed in her thesis, Ingeborg Rapoport passed her viva on March 13 at an examination held in her Berlin home.

"We cannot make up for the injustice that has already occurred but we can contribute to working through the darkest sides of G


Ugly truth about wartime Netherlands

June 4, 2015

In 1940 about 140,000 Jews lived in the Netherlands. By 1945, almost three-quarters of them were dead. The Holocaust in the Netherlands, wrote Hannah Arendt, "was a catastrophe unparalleled in any Western country; it can be compared only with the extinction, under vastly different and, from the beginning, completely desperate conditions, of Polish Jewry".


Dutch dog-walkers say no to Jewish Holocaust memorial

By Jens Sørensen , June 4, 2015

Dutch residents are objecting to the construction of a Holocaust memorial in their local park.

Reasons given by a community group opposing the erection of the Dutch Holocaust Memorial of Names in Amsterdam's Wertheim Park - in the city's Jewish Quarter - include the fact that they do not want to be confronted with the victims' names every time they take the dog for a walk.


UK chief rabbi hopeful 'urged boys to strip'

By Franciska Fabriczki, June 4, 2015

A New York rabbi who was once considered for the post of chief rabbi of Britain has been accused of encouraging male members of his congregation to join him for naked sauna sessions.

Rabbi Jonathan Rosenblatt, currently the leading rabbi at Riverdale Jewish Centre in the Bronx, is a well-respected member of New York's Orthodox Jewish community and a visiting scholar at Harvard University.


PM Modi's visit will be a giant boost for Israel

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 4, 2015

On the day after Israel's election two and a half months ago, the diplomatic community was buzzing over President Barack Obama's reluctance to congratulate Benjamin Netanyahu on his victory. Instead, the White House was focusing on his controversial statements during the campaign.

Another world leader had no qualms.


Turks eye Spanish passport offer as elections approach

By Nathalie Rothschild, June 4, 2015

As Turks go to the polls for the general election on June 7, some of the country's Jews are applying for Spanish citizenship. They are motivated both by visa-free travel in Europe and the chance to escape what some see as rising antisemitism under Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's premiership.

Spain expelled some 300,000 Jews during the Inquisition in 1492.


Egypt could strike Gaza, say Israelis

By Anshel Pfeffer, June 4, 2015

Egypt's crackdown on the Muslim Brotherhood could lead it to carry out its own strikes against Gaza, Israeli army officers have said.


Jewish fury over Orange CEO’s Israel boycott revelation

By Sandy Rashty, June 2, 2015

Jews and pro-Israel activists across the globe have vowed to cancel their Orange contracts after the French telecoms giant’s CEO said he would boycott Israel if he had the chance.

Speaking at a news conference in Cairo on Wednesday, Stéphane Richard said he would end the brand’s relationship with Israel “tomorrow” if he could.


'Exempt some Muslims from Shoah tours'

By JCReporter, June 1, 2015

Bavaria's governing party has suggested that Muslims in schools for low-achieving or immigrant pupils can be exempted from mandatory tours of concentration camps.

Christian Social Union politician Klaus Steiner said: "There are a lot of children from Muslim families who do not have a connection to our past… We have to approach this topic carefully with these children."


In New York, Chasidim keep up informal ban on women driving

By Sebastien Malo, June 1, 2015

A New York strictly-Orthodox community continues to follow a religious tradition under which women must refrain from driving.

Though not illegal for female residents, driving runs against a long-held religious standard in the Chasidic village of New Square, New York, with the result that no women does so, a former village spokesman said.