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Economist says sorry

October 30, 2008

Prominent German Economist Hans-Werner Sinn, president of the Ifo economic research institute, apologised for comparing recent criticism of bank managers' handling of the global economic crisis with the antisemitism of the 1930s in Germany.

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Protest in Vienna over Iran

October 30, 2008

Protesters in Vienna demonstrated against a state visit of former Iranian president Mohammad Khatami to the Austrian capital.

Mr Khatami was due to give a lecture at the University of Vienna and meet Austrian President Heinz Fischer.

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Budapest averts neo-Nazi clashes

By Thomas Land, October 30, 2008

Dozens of suspected neo-Nazi activists armed with homemade weapons including Molotov cocktails were arrested by police in Budapest on the eve of ceremonies marking the anniversary of the failed 1956 Hungarian revolution.

Police also seized several bombs, as well as hand grenades.

But the ceremonies were conducted in the absence of major incidents, marking a welcome departure from previous years as both the October 23 anniversary of the revolution and National Independence Day on March 15 had attracted recurring mass neo-Nazi violence.

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US Jews turn to Obama

By Nathan Guttman, October 29, 2008

As the presidential campaign enters its final phase, Democrat contender Barack Obama is consolidating his lead with American Jewish voters in polls and reaching a 3:1 margin over his Republican rival John McCain.

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Russian succah message

October 24, 2008

Russian President Dmitry Medvedev sent a message of congratulations to a mass celebration in the communal succah in Moscow. The event was organised by the Federation of Jewish Communities in Russia near their community centre.

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Relics of pogrom found

October 24, 2008

Relics from the Kristallnacht pogrom of 9 November 1938 have been discovered in a huge rubbish tip an hour's drive from Berlin.

Israeli journalist Yaron Svoray, who located the dump, described it as "a historic discovery".

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Australia sanctions on Iran

October 24, 2008

Australia put in place United Nations sanctions on Iranian companies involved in nuclear proliferation.

This targeted two state-owned banks, Melli and Saderat, and officials involved in Iran's alleged nuclear weapons programme.

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Schindler’s List man dies, aged 90

By Dan Goldberg, October 24, 2008

A Holocaust survivor who owed his life to Oskar Schindler's famous "list" has died in Melbourne.

Leo Rosner, an accordionist, passed away aged 90. Born in Krakow, Poland, he was imprisoned in a nearby ghetto where he played his accordion in exchange for food. On the night of his wedding in 1943, he was taken to Plaszow, where he was selected by camp commandant Amon Goeth, who ordered him to play music to "celebrate" the mass murder of "Juden".

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Building starts on $20m LA museum

October 24, 2008

Construction has begun on the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, scheduled to open in 2010.

The $20 million (£11.5m) project will include a library and an archive in a 15,000 sq ft building, integrated with the six black granite columns of the existing Holocaust Martyrs' Memorial. Some 50,000 visitors are expected each year, with Holocaust survivors or their direct descendants serving as guides.

The new museum originated with a group of survivors in 1961, but has been located in a series of temporary quarters until now.

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Frankfurt book fair’s ‘hate texts’

By Toby Axelrod, October 24, 2008

The Simon Wiesenthal Centre has urged the Frankfurt Book Fair to take action after discovering allegedly antisemitic texts at the event.

There had been no response at press time from the fair organisers.

In a letter to book-fair director Jürgen Boos, Shimon Samuels of the Wiesenthal Centre reported that several books in the stands of Turkey, Egypt, Palestine and Iran were "in violation of their contractual obligations to the Frankfurt Book Fair - among them are chronic annual recidivists.

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