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Marseille synagogue to be converted into mosque

Marseille - A synagogue in Marseille is to be converted into a mosque, reflecting demographic shifts in the southern French city, a Jewish leader has told AFP.

Jews commemorate 'Croatian Auschwitz', fearing far-right surge

Jasenovac - Jews mourned victims of Croatia's most notorious World War II death camp on Friday, boycotting next week's official commemorations as they accuse authorities of failing to respond to a revival of pro-Nazi ideology.

Serbia returns seized property of Holocaust victims to Jews

Belgrade - In 1945, Aleksandar Lebl returned to Serbia after escaping the extermination of Jews in World War II and reclaimed his family's confiscated house.

Israel 'rescues' 19 Jews from war-torn Yemen in covert operation

Beer-sheva - Israel has spirited 19 Jews out of war-torn Yemen in a "covert operation" to rescue some of the last remnants of one of the world's most ancient Jewish communities, officials said Monday.

Poland opens first museum honouring Poles who saved WWII Jews

Poland - Poland on Thursday opened its first museum in tribute to Poles who lost their lives helping Jews during World War II, on the exact spot where Nazis executed a young family for providing shelter.

Memorial plans for Polish hole where family hid WWII Jews

Poland - Fit as a fiddle at 85, Jozef Jarosz slips into a muddy underground hideout in Poland. Memories flash through his mind: this is where his family hid 14 Jews during World War II.

Brother of Toulouse killer to face special court

Paris - A special court will try the brother of Mohamed Merah, who killed seven people in a murderous spree in the French city of Toulouse in 2012, for complicity in the attacks, judicial sources said Wednesday.

Holocaust haunts Lithuanians as painful past comes to light

Vilnius - Lithuanians are taking an agonising closer look at their forefathers' role in killing Jewish neighbours during the Holocaust, a dark chapter of the Baltic country's history that was hidden for decades.

Argentina prosecutor sees homicide in Nisman killing

Buenos Aires - An Argentine prosecutor investigating last year's mysterious killing of the head of a probe into a 1994 bombing of a Jewish center believes it was a homicide, court papers showed Thursday.

French teacher to face trial for 'lying' over IS attack

Marseille - A Jewish teacher in France is to face trial in April for allegedly lying to police by claiming he was attacked by three Islamic State jihadists, a prosecutor said Thursday.

Hungary protesters block statue unveiling

Budapest - The unveiling of a statue of a World War II-era Hungarian politician -- seen as anti-Semitic by Hungary's largest Jewish group -- was cancelled Wednesday after a protest.

French teacher arrested for lying over Islamic State attack

Marseille - A Jewish teacher in France who claimed he was attacked by Islamic State jihadists was taken into custody on Wednesday, accused of lying to police.

Romania struggles to confront Holocaust past

Bucharest - More than 70 years after the Holocaust, the suffering of survivors in Romania is often overlooked or played down, even if the country has taken some steps towards recognising what happened, historians and survivors say.

The unorthodox path of a Ukrainian Jew in the 'new' Ukraine

Dnipropetrovs'k - Asher Cherkasskiy lived a modest life in peaceful southern Ukraine, observing Orthodox Jewish custom and putting his three children through religious school.But when war against pro-Russian insurgents broke out in 2014, everything changed.

Auschwitz survivor triumphs in sell-out dance duet at age 90

Budapest - "It's never too late," smiles Eva Fahidi, a Hungarian Holocaust survivor who, at the age of 90, is currently starring in a sold-out duet production with a much younger dancer.

Holocaust survivor donates tiny 'freedom shoes' to Auschwitz museum

Varsovia - Ninety-year-old Auschwitz survivor Batszewa Dagan on Wednesday said she had donated a pair of miniature shoes that helped her live through the Holocaust to the museum at the site of the former Nazi German death camp.

One year on, Nisman death still troubles Argentina

Buenos Aires - A year after Argentine prosecutor Alberto Nisman's death, neither his own mysterious demise nor the politically explosive case he was investigating appear any closer to being solved.

Pope hails ties with Jews on landmark synagogue visit

Rome - Pope Francis on Sunday made his first visit to a synagogue as pontiff, citing an "unbreakable" bond between Jews and Christians as hundreds of armed security personnel were deployed for the Rome visit.

German art experts defend slow progress on Nazi-era hoard

Berlin - A German task force investigating the provenance of a spectacular Nazi-era art hoard of hundreds of works said Thursday that only five had been proved to be looted thus far, and defended its slow progress.

Marseille attack sparks French debate over wearing Jewish skullcap

Paris - Calls for French Jews to leave their skullcaps at home in the wake of a jihadist attack on a kippa-wearing teacher sparked an emotional debate Wednesday pitting security concerns against a desire to uphold Jewish identity.

Teen jihadist 'proud' of France attack on Jewish teacher

Marseille - A 15-year-old supporter of the Islamic State group who slashed a Jewish teacher with a machete in southern France has said he was "proud" of his attack, ahead of a court appearance Wednesday.

France debates Jewish skullcap after knife attack

Paris - Calls for French Jews to leave their skullcaps at home in the wake of a jihadist attack on a kippa-wearing teacher sparked an emotional debate Wednesday pitting security concerns against a desire to uphold Jewish identity.

Jewish teacher felt teen wanted to 'decapitate' him in France attack

Paris - A Jewish teacher stabbed by a 15-year-old in the southern French city of Marseille believes the teen, an ethnic Kurd, wanted to decapitate him, his lawyer said Tuesday.

Turkish teenager stabs Jewish teacher in Marseille

Paris - A Turkish teenager who stabbed a Jewish teacher with a machete on Monday in the southern French city of Marseille told police he had acted in the name of the Islamic State group, a prosecutor said.

One year on, France remembers victims killed at kosher supermarket

Paris - France on Saturday paid hommage to four Jewish hostages killed at a kosher supermarket in Paris a year after a spate of jihadist attacks that began with a deadly assault on the Charlie Hebdo weekly.

Year after attack, France's Jews learn to live under armed guard

Paris - Ever since a jihadist attack on a kosher store left four people dead a year ago, France's Jews have grown used to soldiers patrolling their neighbourhoods and schools.

Two British teens to face trial over Auschwitz theft

Varsovia - Two British teenagers, fined in June on charges of stealing artefacts from the Nazi death camp at Auschwitz, will now face trial for the same offence, a Polish prosecutor said Wednesday.

Hungary scraps planned statue of anti-Semite

Vienna - The planned statue of a key architect of anti-Semitic laws in the run-up to the Holocaust in 1930s Hungary was scrapped on Friday after an outcry from Jewish groups and others.

Hungary protest prompts delay of 'anti-Semitic' statue unveiling

Budapest - The inauguration of a Hungarian statue honouring a World War II-era politician with anti-Semitic views was delayed after it prompted strong protests and even threats, the group sponsoring the monument said Tuesday.

Hungary 'anti-Semitic' statue plan sparks protests

Sz - Several hundred people including a US envoy joined a protest Sunday organised by Jewish groups in Hungary against a planned statue of a World War II-era politician who had held anti-Semitic views.
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General Pétain meeting Adolf Hitler in October 1940
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The Anhalter Bahnhof, Berlin.
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The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
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Reproduction of an oil painting: Pesach Seder.
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Jews on a selection ramp at Auschwitz, are shown in this archival photo taken in May 1944
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The Topographie des Terrors  Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
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Memorial for the victims of Nazi extermination camps
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Railways lines at Perrache train station, Lyon France, from which thousands of Jews were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
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Dedicative plaque at Perrache train station, Lyon France, in honor of the SNCF railwaymen who died fighting the Nazis who had invaded France during WWII
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Selection of Jews at the ramp in Auschwitz-II (Birkenau) German Nazi death camp, May/June 1944
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The 65th anniversary of the liberation of the woman Nazi camp of Ravensbrück on April 10, 2010
The 65th anniversary of the liberation of the woman Nazi camp of Ravensbrück on April 10  2010
The 65th anniversary of the liberation of the woman Nazi camp of Ravensbrück on April 10, 2010
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Plaque at Perrache train station, Lyon France, in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
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HOLY: The interior of Jerusalem's Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue is shown during religious services in 2009.
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Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
The Topographie des Terrors  Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors  Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
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Railway lines at Perrache train station, Lyon France, from which many Jews were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII