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Sombre Ukraine marks 75 years since Nazi slaughter of Jews

Kiev - A sombre Ukraine on Thursday marked 75 years since the Nazis slaughtered 34,000 Jews on the outskirts of Kiev during one of the worst single massacres of the Holocaust.

Kiev's last survivor of Nazi 'path to death' at Babi Yar

Kiev - "We were gathered here, and sent along 'the path to death'," says Raisa Maistrenko, pointing to a Kiev ravine that 75 years ago witnessed one of the worst atrocities of World War II.

Man held over stabbing of Jewish man in Strasbourg

Strasbourg - A mentally disturbed man shouting "Allahu Akbar" stabbed a Jewish man in the northeastern French city of Strasbourg on Friday, police and Jewish community sources said.

Real-life 'Pianist' family wins defamation appeal

Varsovia - The family of the late Jewish-Polish protagonist of Oscar-winning Holocaust film "The Pianist" said Monday they had won an appeal against defamation over claims in a book that he was a Nazi collaborator.

Holocaust Survivor Band returns home to Poland

Varsovia - They survived the Holocaust, and held on to their love of life despite their childhood ordeal -- and in their twilight years, now living in the United States, they started a band.

Poland condemns anti-Semitism on pogrom anniversary

Varsovia - President Andrzej Duda on Monday pledged to fight racism and anti-Semitism 70 years after dozens of Polish Holocaust survivors were massacred in a brutal pogrom.

Auschwitz museum tracks down long-lost inmate belongings

Varsovia - The Auschwitz museum said Tuesday it has recovered 16,000 long-lost items belonging to Jews killed at the Nazi death camp, decades after they were stored away and forgotten by Poland's former communist regime.

French Jews flee Paris suburbs over rising anti-Semitism

Le Raincy - When Alain Benhamou walked into his apartment near Paris in July 2015 and saw the words "dirty Jew" scrawled on the wall, he knew it was time to leave.

Tight security as Jewish pilgrimage starts in Tunisia

Djerba - An annual Jewish pilgrimage to Africa's oldest synagogue got under way in Tunisia where security forces were deployed heavily to ward off potential jihadist attacks.

Auschwitz finds inmate jewellery in false-bottomed mug

Oswiecim - A gold ring and necklace hidden by an Auschwitz prisoner in a false-bottomed mug for fear of looting by German Nazis has been discovered at site of the death camp, the Auschwitz museum said Thursday.

French groups file suit against Twitter over racism, homophobia

Paris - Two French groups say they have filed a suit against Twitter, YouTube and Facebook for allegedly failing to uphold requirements to delete content deemed racist, anti-Semitic, homophobic or defending terrorism.

Suspended sentence for French teacher who invented IS attack

Marseille - A French teacher who pretended to have been the victim of anti-Semitic violence by supporters of the Islamic State group days after November's attacks in Paris received a six-month suspended sentence on Thursday.

Thousands march at Auschwitz to honour victims

Oswiecim - Thousands of young Jews from 40 nations marched alongside a handful of Holocaust survivors and Polish teenagers Thursday in homage to the victims of the former Auschwitz-Birkenau WWII death camp in southern Poland.

World Jewish Congress slams YouTube over neo-Nazi videos

Berlin - The World Jewish Congress on Monday accused the German unit of YouTube of failing to stop neo-Nazis from using the online video channel to distribute thousands of anti-Semitic tracks.

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.
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Selection of Jews at the ramp in Auschwitz-II (Birkenau) German Nazi death camp  May/June 1944
Selection of Jews at the ramp in Auschwitz-II (Birkenau) German Nazi death camp, May/June 1944
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The Topographie des Terrors  Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
Memorial for the victims of  Nazi extermination camps
Memorial for the victims of Nazi extermination camps
Train to Nazi extermination camps
Train to Nazi extermination camps
Railways lines at Perrache train station  Lyon France  from which thousands of Jews were deported to...
Railways lines at Perrache train station, Lyon France, from which thousands of Jews were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
Nazi extermination camp Auschwitz-Birkenau
Railway lines at Perrache train station  Lyon France  from which many Jews were deported to Nazi dea...
Railway lines at Perrache train station, Lyon France, from which many Jews were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
The Anhalter Bahnhof  Berlin.
The Anhalter Bahnhof, Berlin.
General Pétain meeting Adolf Hitler in October 1940
General Pétain meeting Adolf Hitler in October 1940
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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 Topographie des Terrors  Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors  Berlin.
The Topographie des Terrors, Berlin.
Kristallnacht  also to referred to as the Night of Broken Glass  was a pogrom or series of attacks a...
Kristallnacht, also to referred to as the Night of Broken Glass, was a pogrom or series of attacks against Jews throughout Nazi Germany and parts of Austria on November 9–10, 1938. Photo: Germans pass broken window of Jewish-owned shop.
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HOLY: The interior of Jerusalem s Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue is shown during religious services in...
HOLY: The interior of Jerusalem's Kehilat Bnei Torah synagogue is shown during religious services in 2009.
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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
Dedicative plaque at Perrache train station  Lyon France  in honor of the SNCF railwaymen who died f...
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
 I am joking  the dog will not eat you.
"I am joking, the dog will not eat you."
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Jews on a selection ramp at Auschwitz  are shown in this archival photo taken in May 1944
Jews on a selection ramp at Auschwitz, are shown in this archival photo taken in May 1944
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Plaque at Perrache train station  Lyon France  in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported t...
Plaque at Perrache train station, Lyon France, in honor of the thousands of Jews who were deported to Nazi death camps during WWII
Reproduction of an oil painting: Pesach Seder.
Reproduction of an oil painting: Pesach Seder.
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