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Mayor of Mussolini's birthplace sparks row over student trip

Nov. 9, 2019 2:38 PM EST

PREDAPPIO, Italy (AP) — The mayor of the town that gave birth to Italian dictator Benito Mussolini has ignited a national row by refusing to participate in a program that pays for students to visit Nazi concentration camps. On Friday, Predappio's mayor, Roberto Canali, said he was not going to spend any of...

Auschwitz survivor a focus of Italy's anti-Semitic tensions

Nov. 7, 2019 10:15 AM EST

MILAN (AP) — An 89-year-old Auschwitz survivor who is a senator-for-life in Italy has unwittingly provoked one of the country's most intense confrontations with anti-Semitism since the end of Italy's Fascist dictatorship during World War II. In response to revelations that she is subject to 200 social...

In fading ritual, WWII rescuer reunites with Jews she saved

Nov. 3, 2019 12:11 PM EST

JERUSALEM (AP) — One by one, the 40 descendants of a group of Israeli siblings leaned down and hugged the elderly Greek woman to whom they owe their very existence, as she sat in her wheelchair and wiped away tears streaking down her wrinkled face. Clutching the hands of those she hid, fed and protected as...

Pope declares Vatican's Secret Archive not so secret anymore

Oct. 28, 2019 4:48 PM EDT

VATICAN CITY (AP) — Pope Francis has declared that the Vatican Secret Archive isn't so secret after all. Francis on Monday officially changed the name of the Holy See archive to remove what he said were the "negative" connotations of having "secret" in its name. From now on, the vast trove of documents,...

Senior rabbi warns about rise of anti-Semitism in Europe

Oct. 24, 2019 11:35 AM EDT

MILAN (AP) — The chief rabbi of the main Orthodox rabbinical alliance in Europe says that a resurgence of anti-Semitism on the continent "poses an existential threat to the Jewish community." The warning by Chief Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmit was sounded as the Conference of European Rabbis awarded the Moshe...

Hanni Lévy, who survived Holocaust in Berlin hideout, dies

Oct. 23, 2019 12:52 PM EDT

BERLIN (AP) — Hanni Lévy, who survived the Holocaust hiding out in Berlin, has died. She was 95. Claus Raefle, a German movie director who knew Lévy, said Wednesday that Lévy's family informed him she had died overnight at her home in Paris. Her death was first reported by Jewish weekly...

Former Nazi SS guard, 93, goes on trial in Hamburg

Oct. 17, 2019 8:57 AM EDT

HAMBURG, Germany (AP) — From his post as a teenage SS private in a watchtower in Nazi Germany's Stutthof concentration camp, Bruno Dey could hear the screams of Jews dying in the gas chamber. And, Dey later told investigators, the carting of their lifeless bodies to the camp's crematorium was a daily...

In 'Jojo Rabbit,' Waititi attempts his boldest balancing act

Oct. 14, 2019 11:29 AM EDT

TORONTO (AP) — It's just a few hours before "Jojo Rabbit" will make its world premiere and writer-director Taika Waititi is still figuring out how to talk about it. "I still don't even really know how to describe it without making people shift uncomfortably," says Waititi with a shrug. "Jojo Rabbit" is as...

Germany probes synagogue suspect, pledges better security

Oct. 10, 2019 2:00 PM EDT

HALLE, Germany (AP) — German investigators puzzled Thursday over how the suspect in a botched attack on a synagogue on Judaism's holiest day managed to amass at least 4 kilograms (nearly 9 pounds) of explosives and acquire four firearms, an arsenal they said he planned to use in a massacre. While many...

Public to get access to Nuremberg trials digital recordings

Oct. 10, 2019 10:28 AM EDT

PARIS (AP) — Audio recordings from the Nuremberg trials of Nazi leaders will be made available to the public for the first time in digital form after nearly two years of work conducted in secret. The Memorial of the Shoah in Paris will officially accept the recordings at a ceremony Thursday evening. The...