In Albania, a sole Jewish history museum on the brink

The first and only Jewish history museum in Muslim-majority Albania is at risk of disappearing after the death of its elderly founder, Simon Vrusho, who passed away following a heart attack in February at age 75. At the centre of his ‘Solomon Museum’ in Berat is the extraordinary story of how Albanian families sheltered thousands of Jews fleeing persecution during the Holocaust.

Minnesotans debate Rep. Ilhan Omar’s tweets

Many Jews in Minnesota are upset by her recent tweets suggesting that members of Congress support Israel because they’ve been bought off. But an official of a Minnesota Muslim advocacy group calls the criticism of Omar unfair. (Feb. 13)

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British Jews take German path to Europe after Brexit

A rising tide of descendants of Jews who fled Nazi-occupied Europe for Britain are now overcoming their misgivings and using a clause of the German constitution to get a European passport before Brexit hits.

Today in History for November 26th

(26 Nov 2018) China enters Korean War; Nazis force half a million Jews into walled ghetto; Nixon’s secretary tries to explain gap on Watergate tapes; ‘Casablanca’ premieres at Hollywood Theater; Tina Turner is born. (Nov. 26)

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German parliament’s lower house marks ‘Kristallnacht’

Germany Parliament’s lower house remembers victims of the Nazi pogrom that heralded the start of the Third Reich’s drive to wipe out Jews, at a time when anti-Semitism is resurgent in the West. A lot of momentous events happened on November in Germany and the date carries extra weight this year as it marks 100 years since the end of the monarchy, as well as the 80th anniversary of the infamous “Kristallnacht” night of Nazi attacks against Jews. IMAGES