When Auschwitz was a Jewish town

Shopping in Auschwitz: Many homes and shops near Oswiecim’s market square were owned by Jews. During the German occupation, Rynek (ring square) was renamed Adolf Hitler Platz. Of all the things and places to give an endearing Jewish name, Auschwitz would seem the most unlikely. Oshpitzin — which comes from the Aramaic word for guest, ushpizin, and is the [...]

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Anti-Semitism and the Crisis in Ukraine

Amidst the fury of finger pointing and propaganda surrounding the crisis in Ukraine, the familiar specter of anti-Semitism has resurfaced. In the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk where pro-Russian militants have taken over government buildings, Jews were told they have to “register” with the Ukrainians who are trying to make the city part of Russia. The incident, [...]