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Search begins for lost faces of Holocaust

By Jennifer Lipman, August 8, 2011

A campaign has ben launched to identify Holocaust survivors who lost contact with their families during the Nazi era.

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum has posted on its website photographs of some of the more than a million children who had been separated and displaced in the war years.


Not guilty plea in Leiby Kletzky murder case

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

A man charged with murdering and dismembering an eight-year-old Jewish boy has pleaded not guilty.

Levi Aron underwent a psychiatric assessment after he was charged with the shocking murder of Leiby Kletzky last month.

But he was declared competent to stand trial and has now pleaded not guilty in a Brooklyn court.


Last homosexual prisoner of Holocaust camps mourned

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

A man believed to be the last person imprisoned in a concentration camp by the Nazis because he was homosexual has died in France.

Rudolf Brazda, who died on Wednesday at the age of 98, was liberated from Buchenwald in 1945.

He had been in the infamous Nazi camp since 1943, one of up to 15,000 men sent there because they were identified as homosexual.


Relief as judge blocks vote to ban the brit

By Jennifer Lipman, August 4, 2011

In the end, it was a battle that even Foreskin Man could not win.

Nearly nine months after campaigners in San Francisco launched a bid to make the circumcision of males under the age of 18 illegal, a judge ordered the measure to be removed from a public vote.

San Francisco residents had been set to vote on a ban in November, after the controversial proposal attracted more than the minimum 7,


Radicals infiltrate Cairo rally

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

The first large-scale participation of the Muslim Brotherhood party in demonstrations in Cairo's Tahrir Square last weekend has raised fears that the radical Muslim group is planning to participate in a new Egyptian government following elections in November.

On Friday, tens of thousands of protesters staged one of the largest demonstrations in Tahrir Square since the toppling of President Hosn


Alan Dershowitz: Norway most anti-Israel in world

By Jessica Elgot, August 4, 2011

Lawyer Alan Dershowitz has criticised Norway's Israel ambassador for "suggesting Hamas terrorism against Israel is more justified than the recent terrorist attack against Norway".

Svein Sevje told Israeli newspaper Maariv that Palestinians "are doing this because of a defined goal that is related to the Israeli occupation. There are elements of revenge against Israel and hatred of Israel.


Growing fear over UN Durban anniversary conference

By Simon Rocker, August 4, 2011

Jewish organisations are pressing the government over next month's UN conference in New York marking the tenth anniversary of the Durban Declaration on anti-racism. They fear it will lead to a renewed international campaign against Israel following the previous two conferences.


Has Netanyahu caved in to Obama's border plan?

By Anshel Pfeffer, August 4, 2011

Israeli prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu appears to be moving closer to the international plan for a two-state solution based on 1967 borders.

A letter sent by Mr Netanyahu to the Middle East Quartet meeting in Washington three weeks ago, parts of which were leaked to the press this week, revealed the shift in his policy.


Paintings of Hitler's parents up for auction

By Jennifer Lipman, August 3, 2011

A California auction house is hoping to fetch more than £60,000 from the sale of two paintings said to feature Adolf Hitler's parents.

The oil paintings, both from the 1930s, are being sold by a San Diego auction house.

They feature Alois and Klara Hitler at Berghof, Hitler's holiday home in the Bavarian mountains.


Oldest Australian Jew dies at 110

By Jennifer Lipman, August 2, 2011

The oldest Jew in Australia has died a few months after celebrating her 110th birthday.

Mary Rothstein, who was born in Russia, grew up in London and eventually moved to Melbourne, was a milliner who once made hats for royalty.