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Nazi 'Angel of Death' Mengele's diaries bought by Jewish collector

By Jennifer Lipman, July 22, 2011

An Orthodox Jewish man has paid more than £150,000 for the diaries of a man held responsible for murdering and maiming thousands of people during the Holocaust.

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Quake victims 'spied for Mossad'

By Dan Goldberg, July 21, 2011

The Jewish community in New Zealand has reacted angrily to explosive allegations that Israeli backpackers caught in the massive earthquake earlier this year may have been involved in espionage.

The allegations were made by the Southland Times newspaper on Wednesday, drawing an irate response from Israel's ambassador to New Zealand, Shemi Tzur, who attacked them as "science fiction".

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Hippest Jewish music label in world shuts

By Ellen Tumposky, July 21, 2011

The Jewish music label and events promoter JDub is shutting down - a victim of the recession and lack of donations.

In a letter on its website, founder Aaron Bisman expressed sorrow over the decision, saying: "The challenges facing our business model are too great to overcome."

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Fear of hate crime sparks film pullout

By Nathalie Rothschild, July 21, 2011

A Hollywood production company has cancelled plans to film a movie in Sweden because of a recent spike in antisemitic hate crimes.

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Revulsion over Slovak Nazi bust

By Thomas Orszag-Land, July 21, 2011

The Slovakian government has condemned the erection of a bust of Ferdinand Durcansky, a prominent antisemite who served in the pro-Nazi Slovakian government during the Second World War and was sentenced to death in absentia by Czechoslovakia in 1945.

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Iran 'will help' bomb probe

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

Iran has offered to aid the investigation into the deadly bombing of a Buenos Aires Jewish centre, 17 years after the attack.

Argentinian prosecutors have long implicated Iran in the blast at the Jewish-Argentine Mutual Association (AMIA) centre, which destroyed the seven-floor building, leaving 85 dead and 300 injured.

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Outrage as Kepiro freed

By Toby Axelrod, July 21, 2011

Ephraim Zuroff, chief Nazi hunter of the Simon Wiesenthal Centre, has labelled a Budapest court's decision to acquit an accused Nazi war criminal who was convicted in absentia decades ago a "miscarriage of justice".

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Iraqi paper claims Jews kidnap Christians to convert

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

An Iraqi newspaper is understood to have published an article alleging that "Jewish groups" are routinely kidnapping Christian citizens for forcible conversion to Judaism.

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Hitler deputy's bones exhumed to deter neo-Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy have been exhumed from his grave because hordes of neo-Nazis were using the site to glorify his actions.

Rudolf Hess died 42 years after the war, having spent 40 years in a Berlin prison for his war crimes.

He was a close compatriot of the Nazi fuehrer, and helped him write Mein Kampf while they were in prison for the failed Munich Putsch of 1923.

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Man indicted for murder, kidnap of Brooklyn boy

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

A medical examination into the death of a murdered Chasidic child has revealed that he was drugged by his killer.

According to New York officials, before Leiby Kletzky was smothered he was given a cocktail of a muscle relaxant, an anti-psychotic substance and pain medications.

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