Community Intelligence Brief: July 26, 2023

July 26, 2023


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‘No More Cover-Up’: Nazi Concentration Camps on Channel Island Finally to Be Officially Investigated

The British government is set to carry out an investigation into the number of prisoners murdered by the Nazis on Alderney, where the SS ran concentration camps during the Second World War - the only Nazi concentration camps to exist on British soil. The majority of prisoners were Russians and Ukrainians, but many Jews were also taken to Alderney.

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Man Arrested for Mischief After Allegedly Spray-Painting Swastika

A 29-year-old man in London, Ont. has been arrested and charged with two counts of mischief under $5,000 after antisemitic graffiti was spray painted on a building owned by a Jewish man two weeks ago. The graffiti included a swastika and a profanity-laced message targeting well-known property owner Shmuel Farhi, an Israeli-born Jew.

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Trudeau Overhauls His Cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau unveiled a new cabinet team today, dropping seven ministers and changing nearly three-quarters of his cabinet. Earlier today, FSWC congratulated Ya'ara Saks, a dedicated advocate for the Jewish community, on her appointment as Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health.

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Former Liberal MPP Monte Kwinter Dead at Age 92

FSWC is saddened by the passing of Monte Kwinter, who devoted years of his life to public service and to serving the Jewish community, leaving behind a lasting legacy. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, friends and all who mourn his passing. May his memory be a blessing.

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President Herzog Launches National Resilience Program for Polarized Israel

As Israel faces growing polarization while the government moves forward with its judicial reform plans, President Isaac Herzog has launched the Time to Talk program to strengthen national resilience. The program centers on learning how to better talk to one another, empathize with one another, and develop safe spaces where people can share their views and not feel threatened.

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UK Roald Dahl Museum Acknowledges Author’s ‘Undeniable’ Antisemitism

The Roald Dahl Museum in Britain has detailed work it is undertaking “towards combatting hate and prejudice,” acknowledging well-documented antisemitic comments made by the renowned children's writer best known for the books Matilda, The BFG and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Stating that "Roald Dahl’s racism is undeniable and indelible," the museum said it is "committed to being more welcoming, inclusive, diverse, and equitable in all aspects of our work."

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Virtual-Reality Holocaust Film About Survivor of Nazi Germany to Make Its World Premiere at Venice Film Festival

Holocaust survivor Marion Deichmann is the subject and star of a new virtual reality film that will make its world premiere at the 80th Venice International Film Festival. Letters from Drancy allows viewers to travel with Deichmann across the borders of Northern Europe during her childhood, crouch next to her and her mother as they hide in a truck from a Nazi guard, witness her separation from her mother who was taken by the Nazis, and see the help she received from the French Resistance in Paris and her survival of D-Day in Normandy, France.

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Google Doodle Honours Egyptian Doctor Who Saved Jews in the Holocaust

The new Google Doodle shared by the search engine giant yesterday marked the 122nd birthday of Dr. Mohammed Helmy, an Egyptian-German doctor who helped save a Jewish family during the Holocaust. He was the first Arab to be recognized by Yad Vashem as a Righteous Among the Nations, an honour to describe non-Jews who risked their lives during the Holocaust to save Jewish people.

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Richard Barancik, Last of the ‘Monuments Men’ Who Recovered Art and Treasure Looted by the Nazis, Dies at 98

Richard Barancik was the last surviving member of the Allied military corps that hunted down and recovered countless artworks stolen by the Nazis, officially known as the Monuments, Fine Arts, and Archives (MFAA) Section and unofficially known as the "Monuments Men." About 350 men and women, mostly academics, art historians and other antiquities experts, served in the MFAA, recovering thousands of paintings, sculptures, gold and other cultural objects between 1943 and 1946.

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Tony Bennett: Legendary US Singer Who Helped to Liberate Nazi Death Camp Dies Aged 96

American singer Tony Bennett, who died last week at the age of 96, will be remembered not just for his musical achievements, but also his military service, having helped liberate the notorious Dachau death camp in 1944 while he served in the US army.

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