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Wednesday, January 27, 2021

February 18, 1970: Not Guilty

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The Chicago Seven Trial ended on this date in 1970 with acquittals for Abbie Hoffman, Jerry Rubin, David Dellinger, Tom Hayden, Rennie Davis, John Froines, and Lee Weiner on charges of conspiracy. Five of them were...

September 5, 1144: The Blood Libel

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According to historian Walter Laqueur, there have been at least 150 recorded cases of blood libels (accusations of ritual murder) against Jews that resulted in their arrest and/or execution. (The first was in Norwich,...

May 7, 1912: Columbia University approved plans to award the first Pulitzer Prizes on...

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Columbia University approved plans to award the first Pulitzer Prizes on this date in 1912, one year after the death of Joseph Pulitzer, a Hungarian-born Jewish journalist and newspaper publisher who left a $2...
The main entrance to the ghetto of Vilnius in Lithuania during World War II. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Lithuania Jewish community slams state center for faulty details of Holocaust

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The state-funded Center for the Study of the Genocide and Resistance of Residents of Lithuania has been under fire for publishing last month that “the Lithuanians operated against the will of the Germans” during...

Vera Lynn, the voice of resistance against the Nazis, dies

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Vera Lynn, who sang the songs that touched the hearts and lifted the spirits of Britons from the bomb-blitzed streets of London and Coventry to the sands of North Africa and the jungles of...

Fez to Welcome a Moroccan Jewish Memorial Museum

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Following Qotbi’s visit, Wednesday, July 18, to the Jewish Cemetery of Fez and the Batha Museum with the wali (governor) of Fez-Meknes, the governor of Fez prefecture, Essaid Zniber and the mayor of Fez,...

May 4, 1947: Prison Break

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The Irgun used trucks, British uniforms, and a large bomb to break out 28 Jewish prisoners from the British prison in Acre (Acco) on this date in 1947. Four captured Irgun “terrorists” had been...

May 5, 475: The Talmud, completed

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Rabbi Ravina ben Huna, known as Ravina II, head of the Jewish academy at Sura, a key center of learning in Babylonia, is said to have died on this date in 475. Tradition holds...

April 8, 1935: Margret Elizabeth and Hans Augusto Rey, the creators of Curious George,...

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Margret Elizabeth and Hans Augusto Rey, the creators of Curious George, became American citizens on this date in 1946. They were German Jews who met in Brazil and married in 1935. Living and creating...

Remembering via a virtual March of the Living

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Residents throughout our county are joining a unique, worldwide virtual memorial to remember the victims of the Holocaust.  Sidelined by the coronavirus pandemic from attending this year’s “March of the Living” which brings thousands...