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Holocaust educator Elie Wiesel dies

By JC Reporter, July 2, 2016

Survivor, Holocaust educator and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Elie Wiesel has died aged 87.

Wiesel, who was incarcerated in Auschwitz as a teenager, was best known for teaching the world about the Holocaust.


Austrian far-right gets second chance as court invalidates poll

By Daniel Sugarman, July 1, 2016

Austria’s recent presidential election has been invalidated after its constitutional court upheld a challenge by the far-right Freedom Party.

Alexander van der Bellen, the Green Party candidate, beat Norbert Hofer of the Freedom Party by just 31,000 votes in May’s election, out of a total of around 4,500,000 votes cast.


Future Shock author Alvin Toffler dies

By Daniel Sugarman, June 30, 2016

Alvin Toffler, the Jewish author of a series of highly influential books predicting the transformation of society has died at his home in California, aged 87.

Mr Toffler’s first book, ‘Future Shock’, discussed the social difficulties caused by rapid shifts in society, and foresaw the shift from industry to the information economy.


Looted art sold to Nazis’ families after the war

By Toby Axelrod, June 29, 2016

Charged with returning Nazi-looted art to its proper owners or heirs, the Bavarian post-war administration actually returned some art to the Nazis who stole it, an investigation has revealed.


Former Auschwitz guard to appeal conviction for part in 170,000 murders

By Charlotte Oliver, June 28, 2016

A 94-year-old former guard at Auschwitz who this month was sentenced to five years in jail is appealing his conviction.

Reinhold Hanning was found guilty of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 prisoners at the Nazi death camp between 1942 and 1944.


The unlikely sweet spot in the fight against global jihad

By Orlando Radice, June 24, 2016

Draped along the edge of a hill overlooking the Hula Valley, the Israeli village of Metula occupies what appears to be an inadvisable position.

Just 300 yards from its community hall, past the security fence marking the border with Lebanon to the north, flutters a yellow Hizbollah flag.


Frum businessman ‘bribed police’

By Sandy Rashty, June 23, 2016

An Orthodox businessman has been accused of paying corrupt New York police officers thousands of dollars in bribes in exchange for providing a "private police force".

Jeremy Reichberg, who is at the centre of the scandal, is suspected of bribing officers with cash, Super Bowl tickets, free flights to Las Vegas on a private jet and prostitutes in exchange for numerous police services.


Goering's pants fetch thousands in grisly auction

By Toby Axelrod, June 23, 2016

A huge trove of Nazi relics collected by the late American doctor John K Lattimer brought in 1.1 million euros in a five-hour auction in Munich last weekend, smashing early estimates.

The controversial sale on June 17 was shrouded in secrecy, since it is illegal in Germany to glorify the Nazi era.


Choosing a cause for his $1m Genesis Prize money is a 'challenge' for Itzhak Perlman

By Jessica Weinstein, June 22, 2016

Genesis Prize-winner Itzhak Perlman has said he will donate his $1m prize money to music education and helping people with disabilities, ahead of the ceremony in Jerusalem tonight where UK actress Helen Mirren will present him with the prize.


Israeli organisation makes fake Hamas video to urge Brexit

By Nathan Jeffay, June 22, 2016

Hamas militants summoned a press conference to urge Britain to stay in the EU — or so it seems, according to an Israeli-made spoof.

The Regavim organisation has made a video using footage from a Hamas media briefing, dubbing it with an anti-Brexit address.