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September 16, 1614: Frankfurt Jews Expelled

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Frankfort-on-the-Main, some 400 years ago... The city of Frankfurtwas even then an important center of business and trade. It was famous for its annual trade fairs, when merchants from far and near came to buy...
The Austrian Parliament Building in Vienna. Credit: Jean Fonseca via Wikimedia Commons.

Austrian Holocaust survivors’ descendants to be eligible for citizenship from Sept. 1

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The descendants of Austrian Holocaust survivors will be eligible for Austrian citizenship starting next month, the Austrian Embassy in Israel announced earlier this week. The measure extends to survivors’ children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. “All direct...
Muslims visit at the Al-Aqsa Mosque compound in Jerusalem's Old City on Feb. 28, 2020. Photo by Sliman Khader/Flash90.

‘Arabs, not Jews, founded and built Jerusalem’

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A Jordanian institute presented a new spin on regional history over the weekend, claiming that it was the Arabs—not the Jews—who founded Jerusalem in biblical times. According to Saudi daily Arab News, a position paper by the...
The equestrian sculpture of George Washington at the center of Washington Circle, on the boundary of the Foggy Bottom and West End neighborhoods in Washington, D.C., June 17, 2010. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

The problem when revisionist history becomes official dogma

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Angry mobs of activists are roaming American streets pulling down or defacing statues of historical figures. In some cases, governments and private institutions are joining their efforts by agreeing to take down examples of...

Johan van Hulst: Dutch teacher who saved 600 Jewish children and babies from Nazis...

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Johan van Hulst was a Dutch Christian who, up until World War II, had already committed to helping children with his life — as a teacher, school director, university professor, and author. But when...
The Jerusalem Cinematheque, home of the Israel Film Archive (IFA). Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

Israel Film Archive digitalizes extensive collection, starts to release films online

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After years of work on digitizing its collection of Israeli film clips, the Israel Film Archive (IFA), part of the Jerusalem Cinematheque, is beginning to share its collection online with the goal of eventually...
Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in Lower Manhattan, New York. Credit: New York City Tourism Bureau.

Museum of Jewish Heritage offers free online educational resources for those at home

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New York’s Museum of Jewish Heritage–A Living Memorial to the Holocaust is offering several online resources for parents, teachers and students as the museum remains temporarily closed in accordance with COVID-19 social-distancing restrictions. For parents...
A view of Israel's Lotem Winery in the Galilee. Photo by Dror Arzi.

Israeli government makes wine a smart brand to export culture and identity abroad

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As Israel’s government ministries endeavor to represent and communicate the singularity and attractiveness of Israeli culture and industry to audiences abroad, wine has topped the list as one way to effectively represent Israeli culture...

Ancient Israelites: society & lifestyle

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Two main social structures competed in ancient Israel.  The people were united under the monarchy, which organized the state for administrative and taxation purposes. At the same time, the Israelites held fast to their...

How Did A Yiddish Opera Wind Up In Cuba Of All Places?

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You may have heard that the Yiddish-Cuban opera “Hatuey: Memory of Fire,” made its way to Havana in early March. Despite issues with a finicky old sound system, the premiere was a huge success...