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  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    November 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • Austrian chancellor urges end to religious tensions

    August 25, 2014 | 1:34 pm

    Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann called for peace and tolerance after meeting faith leaders on Monday amid mounting religious tensions highlighted by a violent protest against an Israeli soccer team last month.

    "Only the community can prevent a spiral of violence," Faymann told...

  • Jewish Flash Mob in London

    By tessc

    August 4, 2014 | 2:34 pm

    Pro-Israel flash mob demonstrations are spreading like brushfire. On July 24, Jewish Youth of Austria for Israel staged a flashmob in a Vienna plaza. Yesterday, August 3, the Israel Forum Task Force (IFTF) followed suit and staged a very similar demonstration in Trafalgar Square, London. A siren blared as IFTF volunteers dropped to the floor and took cover. IFTF director Anat Koren said the flash mob was organized as a "more original and interesting" alernative to the humdrum typical rally. Approximately 80,000 Jews live in the UK.

     

  • Austrian Jews Stage Flashmob

    By tessc

    August 1, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Rather than pursuing the traditional protest route, hundreds of Jewish youths in Vienna staged a flashmob in a major plaza center on Thursday, July 24. Simulating tzeva adom, an early warning radar system that detects incoming rockets fired by Hamas, a siren blasted through the unsuspecting plaza as the flashmob immediately responded with a "duck and cover." Activists held a banner: "In Israel You Have Fifteen Seconds to Save Your Life"

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  • Israeli soccer team attacked by pro-Palestinians in Austria

    July 24, 2014 | 3:06 pm

    Members of the Maccabi Haifa soccer team were attacked on the field in Austria by pro-Palestinian protesters.

    The activists stormed the field and physically assaulted the Israeli players during a preseason match Wednesday against the French soccer club Lille. Some of the players...

  • In a country struggling with its past, a young Austrian bears witness

    By Jared Sichel

    June 18, 2014 | 10:08 am

    As she described how amazed she sometimes feels at no longer being afraid of Germans or Austrians, Holocaust survivor Dana Schwartz apologetically patted George Stoellinger — her 22-year-old Austrian driver — on the shoulder.

    Schwartz acknowledged how far Germany has come in...

  • Survivors to mark 75th anniversary of Kindertransport

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    On the evening of Dec. 2, a small group of elderly men and women, some with their children and grandchildren, will gather at a Burbank mall to mark the 75th anniversary of a heartbreaking, yet uplifting, episode of the Nazi era, known as the Kindertransport (in English, Children’s...

  • Austria honors Bikel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 7, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    Theodore Meir Bikel and his parents peeked through the drawn curtains of their Vienna apartment watching the street below, where Adolf Hitler, standing in his limousine, slowly rolled by, cheered on by frenzied crowds.

    It was March 15, 1938, and Hitler formally announced that...

  • ‘Jewish Refugees in Shanghai’ tells story of survival

    By Tom Tugend

    October 16, 2013 | 1:18 pm

    For Jews desperate to flee the Nazi regime but barred from entry almost everywhere, Shanghai was the Last Place on Earth and a rescuing Noah’s Ark.

    Between 1933 and 1941, some 20,000 Jews, mainly from Germany and Austria, found a harsh but safe refuge in the Chinese port city,...

  • Artist displays what’s missing in a ‘Box’

    By Elyse Samuels

    September 18, 2013 | 1:14 pm

    It’s hard to believe that Dwora Fried — a native Austrian with unruly, fiery red hair, a lesbian, world traveler, mother of four and daughter of a Holocaust survivor — is able to create artwork just as complicated, dynamic and vivacious as herself, all within a wooden box that’s...

  • Concert celebrates simcha

    September 3, 2013 | 1:03 pm

    Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl have a lot in common. Each of the late Austrian Jewish composers is renown for their contributions to the world of liturgical music. And each is a great-grandparent of Nathan Arnold Schoenberg.

    So to honor their memory on the occasion of the boy’s...

  • Anne Samson, philanthropist, 66

    August 20, 2013 | 10:31 am

    Anne Samson (née Katz) was born in 1947 in a displaced persons camp in Salzburg, Austria. Her parents, Emil and Eva Katz, were Holocaust survivors from Hungary who lost most of their family members in Auschwitz, where Eva was a slave laborer. In 1949, Anne and her parents...

  • Austrian peacekeepers start pullout from Golan

    June 12, 2013 | 8:23 am

    Austria began the withdrawal of its 380 soldiers from the United Nations peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights.

    The Austrians, who comprise more than a third of the 1,000-member U.N. Disengagement Observer Force, crossed on Wednesday from the Syrian side of the Golan to a U.N....

  • Border clashes may make it hard for Israel to steer clear of Syria conflict

    June 10, 2013 | 11:35 am

    For much of the past two years, Israel has taken a singular approach to the Syrian civil war: Stay as far away as possible.

    But with a recent string of victories by forces loyal to President Bashar Assad and the crumbling of the U.N. peacekeeping force that has kept the peace...

  • Putin: Russian troops can replace Austrians on Golan Heights

    June 7, 2013 | 11:13 am

    Russia is ready to replace peacekeepers from Austria in the Golan Heights, President Vladimir Putin said.

    Putin’s statement on Thursday, Reuters reported, was in reaction to an announcement by the Austrian government, which said it would recall its troops from a U.N. monitoring...

  • Austrian peacekeepers quitting U.N. force amid heavy fighting at Syria-Israel border

    June 6, 2013 | 2:29 pm

    Austria withdrew its soldiers from the U.N. peacekeeping force on the Golan Heights following battles between Syrian troops and rebels.

    On Thursday, Austria said it would be withdrawing its 380 soldiers — more than one-third of the U.N. Disengagement Observer Force that has been...

  • Vienna Archbishop opposes recognizing Jewish, Muslim holidays

    April 4, 2013 | 6:08 am

    The Archbishop of Vienna has advised Austria’s government not to add Jewish and Muslim dates to the list of national holidays.

    “Both the Jewish and the Muslim community are not big enough in Austria that their holidays should be holidays for the entire population,” Cardinal...

  • Austria’s president says Nazi past can’t be forgotten

    March 12, 2013 | 4:32 pm

    Austria cannot draw a line under its Nazi past despite the desire of many Austrians to so do, its president said on the 75th anniversary of the country's annexation by Nazi Germany.

    Adolf Hitler and his troops marched unopposed on March 12, 1938 into an Austria weakened by...

  • Loyola marymount commemorates Kristallnacht

    By Tom Tugend

    October 31, 2012 | 11:14 am

    On the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, brown-shirted storm troopers torched and looted hundreds of synagogues and destroyed 7,500 Jewish businesses throughout Germany and Austria in what is known as Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass.”

    On Nov. 8, Loyola Marymount University...

  • Alex Friedman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    The train arrived at Dachau one morning in late November 1944. As the doors opened, German soldiers wielding big sticks yelled, “Raus, raus” (“Out, out”). Alex Friedman and the other Jewish prisoners exited, were marched toward the camp and, outside in the snow and cold, ordered to...

  • Austrian politician probed for publishing hook-nosed banker caricature

    August 21, 2012 | 10:41 am

    Prosecutors in Vienna are examining the recent posting of an allegedly anti-Semitic caricature on Austrian politician Heinz-Christian Strache’s Facebook page.

    The page featured a caricature depicting an obese, hook-nosed banker wearing star-shaped cufflinks. Strache leads the...

  • Austrian politician slammed for comparing protests to Kristallnacht

    January 31, 2012 | 10:57 am

    The leader of an Austrian far-right political party was condemned for comparing protests by students in Vienna with the Nazi persecution of Jews during Kristallnacht.

    The Anti-Defamation League on Monday slammed the comments made Jan. 27 by Austrian Freedom Party leader...

  • Honoring the legacy of a Holocaust mother

    By Lloyd Greif

    January 25, 2012 | 2:48 pm

    My 97-year-old mother, Herta Greif, died last fall of aortic stenosis that led to congestive heart failure. A Holocaust survivor, she had been a fighter all her life, and with this illness she was no different. When she suffered a massive stroke in July 2005, she lapsed into a coma...

  • Arabs, Israel to attend nuclear talks, Iran uncertain

    November 16, 2011 | 6:07 pm

    Arab states and Israel plan to attend a rare round of talks next week on efforts to free the world of nuclear weapons but Iran has yet to say whether it will take part, diplomats said on Wednesday.

    The November 21-22 forum, hosted by the International Atomic Energy Agency in Vienna,...

  • For native Austrians, a symbolic swim ‘to show the Nazis’

    July 11, 2011 | 2:18 pm

    When he come to the 13th European Maccabi Games in Vienna, John Benfield didn’t return to his native Austria for any medals.

    “I’m not a competitive swimmer,” said Benfield, 80, of Los Angeles. “But when I heard that the European Maccabi Games were being held in Vienna, I knew it was...

  • Alleged war criminal dies in Austrian retirement home

    June 21, 2011 | 10:02 am

    An alleged Nazi war criminal has died in an Austrian retirement home.

    Milivoj Ašner, 98, died Monday in the Carinthian city of Klagenfurt, the English-language Austrian Independent reported. As the chief of police in the Croatian town of Pozega during World War II, Ašner allegedly...

  • Austrian councilman resigns over Nazi tattoo

    May 31, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    A member of a southern Austrian village’s municipal council has stepped down following an uproar over his Nazi-inspired tattoo.

    In a resignation letter dated May 30 and sent to the village’s mayor, Gerry Leitmann, 31, said he was not aware of his tattoo’s “historic connections” and...

  • Austrian town strips Hitler of honorary citizenship

    May 25, 2011 | 3:20 pm

    An Austrian town has revoked the honorary citizenship that it bestowed upon Adolf Hitler during the Third Reich.

    The Town Council of Amstetten voted Tuesday to take away the honor. Two council members from the far-right Freedom Party abstained.

    A council member from the Green Party, Raphael Lueger, raised the issue of Hitler’s honorary citizenship.

    Lueger told the Austrian Press Agency that Hitler had been granted the honor when he visited Amstetten in 1939, a year after Nazi Germany had annexed Austria, the country of Hitler’s birth.

  • A Kristallnacht lesson for our generation

    May 16, 2011 | 11:52 am

    It was Nov. 9 - Kristallnacht, the night of “broken glass” - when hundreds of Jewish businesses and virtually every synagogue throughout Germany and Austria were set ablaze.

    On that terrible night in 1938, my father, Sol, ran into a burning synagogue near his home in Vienna and...

  • Austria to renovate Mauthausen

    March 30, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Austria will renovate the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp in a $2.4 million restoration project.

    The two-year project will include creating a hall of names in memory of the camp’s victims, a new display about the Holocaust and upgrading the permanent exhibition, according...

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