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Oklahoma GOP likens vaccine mandates to persecution of Jews

Jul. 30, 2021 19:16 PM EDT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma Republican Party faced fierce criticism Friday for a Facebook post likening COVID-19 vaccine mandates to the persecution of Jewish people in Nazi Germany. The post on the party’s official Facebook page urged people to call the...

UK to build national Holocaust memorial beside Parliament

Jul. 29, 2021 10:46 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government on Thursday approved plans to build a national Holocaust memorial beside Parliament, rejecting claims by campaigners that the location was unsuitable. The government said building the Holocaust Memorial and Learning Centre in...

US ramps up pressure on Poland over Holocaust restitution

Jul. 28, 2021 13:28 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The United States is ramping up pressure on Poland in hopes of stopping legislation that would prevent families from receiving restitution for property seized during the Holocaust and communist era. The U.S. said Wednesday that Poland is the only...

Blinken decries swastika vandalism in State Dept elevator

Jul. 27, 2021 14:21 PM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Secretary of State Antony Blinken on Tuesday condemned an incident in which a swastika was carved into an elevator wall at the State Department's main headquarters. Blinken said in a message sent to all department employees that the vandalism is a...

Poland a step closer to adopting controversial property law

Jul. 23, 2021 17:06 PM EDT

WARSAW, Poland (AP) — Poland's Senate on Friday approved with some amendments much-disputed changes to property restitution rules, moving them a step closer to adoption. The draft regulations have drawn strong criticism from Israel and from Jewish organizations who say...

Jewish artifacts stolen during Holocaust now in US custody

Jul. 23, 2021 14:24 PM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — A trove of religious artifacts stolen from Jewish synagogues and homes in Europe during the Holocaust are now in the hands of U.S. authorities who plan to return them to their communities of origin. The authorities announced this week they had recovered...

Olympic opening ceremony director fired for Holocaust joke

Jul. 22, 2021 03:58 AM EDT

TOKYO (AP) — The Tokyo Olympic organizing committee fired the director of the opening ceremony on Thursday because of a Holocaust joke he made during a comedy show in 1998. Organizing committee president Seiko Hashimoto said a day ahead of the opening ceremony that...

Anger as French protesters compare vaccines to Nazi horrors

Jul. 19, 2021 15:55 PM EDT

PARIS (AP) — A French Holocaust survivor has denounced anti-vaccination protesters comparing themselves to Jews who were persecuted by Nazi Germany during World War II. French officials and anti-racism groups joined the 94-year-old in expressing indignation. As more...

Holocaust Museum exhibit tells of Jews who fled to Shanghai

Jul. 17, 2021 09:41 AM EDT

SKOKIE, Ill. (AP) — A new exhibit at the Illinois Holocaust Museum recounts the little-known role that Shanghai, China played as a safe haven for Jews who fled Europe to escape Nazi persecution. American photojournalist Arthur Rothstein began documenting the lives of...

Auschwitz survivor who fought racism with music dies at 96

Jul. 10, 2021 14:17 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Esther Bejarano, a survivor of the Auschwitz death camp who used the power of music to fight antisemitism and racism in post-war Germany, has died at 96. Bejarano died peacefully in the early Saturday at the Jewish Hospital in Hamburg, the German news...