European Jewish Congress- Newsletter 29-31 August 2018

NEWS FROM COMMUNITIES

AUSTRIA
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RENOWNED AUSTRIAN JEWISH PHOTOGRAPHER ERICH LESSING DIES AGED 95

Renowned Austrian photographer Erich Lessing has died at the age of 95, Austria’s IKG Jewish community organisation, the country’s EJC affiliate, said on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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FRANCE
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CRIF PRESIDENT: ANTISEMITISM HAS MOVED FROM STREETS INTO HOMES

Antisemitism in France has moved “from the streets directly into the homes of Jewish people,” the head of the country’s 465,000-strong Jewish community, Francis Kalifat, told The Algemeiner on Wednesday.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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FRENCH CITY CELEBRATES PLANNED REOPENING OF EUROPE’S OLDEST JEWISH BUILDING

The French city of Rouen will celebrate the renovation and planned reopening of Europe’s oldest known Jewish building with an international symposium.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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GERMANY
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GERMANS ALARMED BY POGROM MENTALITY AFTER FAR-RIGHT RIOTS

Germans on Tuesday expressed alarm after two days of violent far-right protests that degenerated into attacks against foreign-looking people. The ugly scenes of mostly white men, many of them extremist football hooligans, hurling abuse at people they deemed to be foreigners, have drawn comparisons to pre-Nazi Germany.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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THE NETHERLANDS
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DUTCH BAKERY “ANNE AND FRANK” CHANGES NAME AFTER OUTCRY

A bakery in Amsterdam called “Anne & Frank” has said it will change its name after sparking outrage. According to Dutch media reports, the bakery opened just over a week ago around the corner from The Anne Frank House, a popular tourist site in the city.

Wednesday, August 29, 2018

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POLAND
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WARSAW FUNDS NEW JEWISH THEATRE

On Thursday, the Warsaw City Council approved the proposal by Mayor Hanna Gronkiewicz-Waltz to adapt a five-story tenement building. The city of Warsaw will allocate about 35 million euros to give its Jewish theatre a new home.

Friday, August 31, 2018

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RUSSIAN FEDERATION
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“SOVIET SINATRA” WHO PROMOTED JEWISH CULTURE AND TIES WITH ISRAEL DIES AT 80

Popular Russian singer and lawmaker Iosif Kobzon — whose promotion of Jewish culture in the Soviet Union aided the establishment of its ties with Israel in 1991 — died aged 80 on Thursday, 13 years after he was diagnosed with cancer.

Friday, August 31, 2018

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UNITED KINGDOM
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VETERAN BRITISH LABOUR MP RESIGNS PARTY WHIP OVER ANTISEMITISM

Veteran MP Frank Field has resigned the Labour whip, describing the party as a “force for antisemitism”. Field, who has represented Birkenhead in NW England for almost 40 years, said in a letter to party chief whip Nick Brown that he could no longer serve the party as the leadership was overseeing an “erosion of our core values”.

Friday, August 31, 2018

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JEWISH GROUPS URGE CORBYN TO END IMPASSE OVER ANTISEMITISM

Leading Jewish organisations have called on Jeremy Corbyn to end the “impasse” over tackling antisemitism in the Labour party, calling the abuse received by Jews on social media during the row this summer “unfathomably vast”.

Thursday, August 30, 2018

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NEWS AND VIEWS

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FACEBOOK PULLS AUSCHWITZ PHOTO FOR NUDITY

Facebook deleted a post this week that included an image of starving children in Auschwitz because of its policy against nudity. The post was shared by the US-based Anne Frank Center for Mutual Respect last week. It linked to an article on the DailyKos about the need for Holocaust education in the United States.

Friday, August 31, 2018

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