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  • Hidden in plain sight

    April 23, 2014 | 3:24 pm

    Harry Davids was about 6 years old when his parents called him into the bedroom of their home in South Africa to deliver a message he will never forget.

    “They say, ‘Are you aware we’re not your real parents? We’re your uncle and aunt. Your parents were killed in a big war.’ ”

    ...
  • Dutch museum to move, reopen as synagogue

    August 23, 2013 | 10:20 am

    A city in eastern Holland has pledged nearly $750,000 for restoring a museum to its previous function as a synagogue.

    The switch will become possible in 2015, when the natural science museum in Nijmegen leaves its current building, the Dutch regional daily De Gelderlander...

  • Dutch commission calls for freezing ties with Israel

    July 2, 2013 | 9:20 am

    Holland’s ruling party rejected a recommendation by the country’s foreign policy advisory council to negotiate with Hamas and freeze ties with Israel over settlements.

    The recommendations on Israel came in nonbinding conclusions listed in a recent report by Holland’s Advisory...

  • Near Dutch ‘Sharia triangle,’ a small Jewish enclave endures

    May 30, 2013 | 9:14 am

    On a cold winter night in 2008, Wim Kortenoeven was startled by the crackling of a large fire raging near his home on the edge of this city’s last remaining Jewish enclave.

    Rushing from his apartment, Kortenoeven walked 70 yards and crossed the line separating his Jewish-owned...

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  • Charlotte Seeman

    By Jane Ulman

    May 29, 2013 | 4:18 pm

    Charlotte Seeman — then Charlotte Leiter — spotted the barbed-wire fence ahead. She and her companions — a young woman from Vienna as well as the woman’s boyfriend and uncle — climbed over and continued walking. It was a cold night in December 1938, and they had crossed the German...

  • Historic mikvah to be displayed at Holland museum

    September 12, 2011 | 11:36 am

    A mikvah uncovered during construction will be restored in a museum as the oldest testament to Jewish life in Holland to date.

    The Jewish ritual bath will be restored this week in the Limburgs Museum in the city of Venlo, the same southeastern Netherlands city in which it was...

  • Re-examine kosher slaughter ban bill, Holland asked

    March 30, 2011 | 12:40 pm

    The head of the European Jewish Congress called on the Dutch prime minister to re-examine a proposed law that would ban kosher slaughter.

    The Dutch Parliament is scheduled to vote next week on the legislation, an amendment to the Commercial Slaughter Code which mandates that all...

  • Hirsi Ali, critic of Islam, honored for courage

    By Tom Tugend

    October 29, 2008 | 10:57 pm

    A tall African-born woman, raised a devout Muslim but now one of Islam's sharpest critics, last week calmly dismantled some of the favorite shibboleths of American liberalism.

    Ayaan Hirsi Ali was in town to accept an inaugural award for her remarkable personal and civic courage from...

  • Films: Romantic triangle survives in the midst of hell

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm a very special Holocaust survivor," Jack Polak says. "I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend, and, believe me, it wasn't easy."

    This may sound like a line from the new genre of Holocaust films with humor, but Polak (who is Jacob on his birth certificate, Jack in...

  • ‘War on terror’ needs Muslims to be part of solution

    By Mona Eltahawy

    November 1, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Imagine for a moment a Muslim teenager somewhere in Europe, "with the Internet in his living room, the world in his mind and his heart torn apart by a million identities," as Swiss-born Muslim intellectual Tariq Ramadan described him.

    How do you prevent that young Muslim from being...

  • Film director Verhoeven defies Dutch Shoah myth in ‘Black Book’ thriller

    By Tom Tugend

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Black Book" is a first-class thriller, pitting the Dutch resistance against the Nazi occupiers in the waning months of World War II, and it holds plenty of unexpected plot twists.

    The real surprise, though, is that unlike other depictions of that era, not all the underground...

  • Anti-Semitism Acts Climb in Holland

    By Rachel Levy

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Anti-Semitic acts in Holland rose significantly in 2002, but few cases were serious, according to a new report.

    Written by the University of Leiden and the Anne Frank Foundation in Amsterdam, the report, presented in Amsterdam last week, also noted a marked decrease in violence...

  • World Briefs

    By Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    January 23, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Lieberman Blasts Saudis

    Saudi Arabia must reduce its support for terror or suffer the consequences, Democratic presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman said. Speaking Sunday in New York, the Connecticut senator said he told the Saudis during his recent trip through the Middle East...

  • Florys Story

    By Lori Schneide

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the living room of her Newport Beach home, Flory Van Beek reaches up to a shelf and takes down a plain-white book the size of an encyclopedia and engraved with a Star of David. "This was published by the Dutch government," she says. "It has the names of the almost 140,000 Dutch...
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