Czech home owners find Jewish belongings from WWII

By Reuters Staff
December 12, 2014
(Prague Rabbi Karol Sidon stands deep in thought prior to a commemoration ceremony held in the Terezin ghettos to honor Holocaust victims, April 23. On the right are the extermination ovens.)

(Prague Rabbi Karol Sidon stands deep in thought prior to a commemoration ceremony held in the Terezin ghettos to honor Holocaust victims, April 23. On the right are the extermination ovens. 23 April 1998/REUTERS)

Holocaust survivors’ descendants help keep memory alive in new book

December 10, 2014
(The sign "Arbeit macht frei" (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. The world marks International Holocaust Remembrance Day on January 27 to remember those who died during the Nazi organised genocide during World War Two that cost the lives of millions of Jews, Roma and Sinti, homosexuals and opponents to Germany's fascist regime and its collaborators. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(The sign “Arbeit macht frei” (Work makes you free) is pictured at the main gate of the former Auschwitz concentration camp during ceremonies to mark the 69th anniversary of the liberation and commemorate the victims of the Holocaust in Auschwitz January 27, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Poland’s top court says ban on kosher slaughter unconstitutional

By Reuters Staff
December 10, 2014
(A slaughterer works with beef carcasses at the Biernacki Meat Plant slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin, western Poland July 17, 2013. The abattoir in this small town in western Poland has a special dormitory to house the more than 30 Jewish men designated by Israel's chief rabbi to oversee the production of kosher beef there. Poland exports 90 percent of its beef, a third of which was kosher or halal worth some 1 billion euros ($1.3 billion). But this booming industry has ground to a halt because, after a campaign by animal rights activists who say the method of slaughter is cruel, Poland's constitutional court banned the practice and this month its parliament rejected an amendment that would have allowed the slaughter to resume. Picture taken July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(A slaughterer works with beef carcasses at a  kosher slaughterhouse in Golina near Jarocin, western Poland that produced kosher beef until the ban, July 17, 2013. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Anti-Semitic incidents on rise in France, says interior minister

By Reuters Staff
December 8, 2014
(French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attends a news conference at the Interior Ministry in Paris November 6, 2014. The presser followed a meeting of the G6 interior ministers of Italy, Germany, Britain, Spain, Poland, and the participation nations of the United States, Canada and Turkey. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

(French Interior Minister Bernard Cazeneuve attends a news conference at the Interior Ministry in Paris November 6, 2014. REUTERS/Charles Platiau)

In France, kebabs get wrapped up in identity politics and “Islamisation”

October 28, 2014
(A man cuts meat from a spit as he prepares kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille October 9, 2014. In a country whose national identity is so closely connected to its cuisine, France's hard right has seized on a growing appetite for kebabs as proof of cultural "islamisation". Some 300 million kebabs at about 6 euros each are eaten in 10,200 outlets in France each year, putting the 1.5 billion euro ($1.9 billion) industry just behind burgers and pizza, according to Gira Conseil, a market research company. Picture taken October 9, 2014. To match Feature FRANCE-IMMIGRATION/KEBABS REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

(A man cuts meat from a spit as he prepares kebab in a fast-food restaurant in Marseille October 9, 2014. REUTERS/Jean-Paul Pelissier)

Poland bids to reclaim forgotten past as haven for Jews

October 26, 2014

  (Visitors stand under the "Celestial Canopy", a reconstructed painted ceiling of a synagogue that once stood in Gwozdziec (present-day Ukraine), at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw October 21, 2014, one week before the official opening of the core exhibition. Poland, the country on whose soil Nazi Germany carried out the darkest acts of the Holocaust, is starting to re-connect with its other role in Jewish history, as a home for 1,000 years to one of the world's biggest Jewish communities. The country will take a step in that direction next week with the opening of the main exhibition at Warsaw's newly built Museum of the History of Polish Jews, a project that sets out to remember not just how Jews in Poland died, but how they lived. To match story JEWS-EUROPE/POLAND Picture taken October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

(Visitors stand under the “Celestial Canopy”, a reconstructed painted ceiling of a synagogue that once stood in Gwozdziec (present-day Ukraine), at the POLIN Museum of the History of Polish Jews in Warsaw October 21, 2014. REUTERS/Kacper Pempel)

Islamic State ‘brand’ gains ground among Asian Muslim militants

September 26, 2014
(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. Philippine troops killed more than 30 Islamist militants linked to al Qaeda and overran the rebels' main base on a remote island in the south of the country, a top military commander said on Tuesday. Picture taken September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

(Filipino soldiers gather at a seized camp of Abu Sayyaf militants on Jolo island in southern Philippines September 21, 2009. REUTERS/Handout/Western Mindanao Command )

German Muslims condemn Islamic State in nationwide day of prayer

September 22, 2014
(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014. More than 2,000 German mosques have invited Germans of all religions to join their Friday prayers to present a united front against the Islamic State to try to dissuade young Muslims from travelling to fight with radical Islamists in Syria and Iraq. REUTERS/Hannibal )

(Muslims perform Friday prayers on Skalitzer Strasse (street) in Berlin September 19, 2014.  REUTERS/Hannibal )

German Muslims invite all faiths to day of prayer against Islamic State

By Reuters Staff
September 17, 2014
(A woman watches during her visit at the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab-Moschee mosque at Islamic Maschari-Center at Berlin's Kreuzberg district October 3, 2011. Mosques around Germany participate traditionally on the German unity day to open their mosques to the public. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

(A Muslim woman visit s the Omar Ibn Al-Khattab-Moschee mosque at Islamic Maschari-Center in Berlin’s Kreuzberg district October 3, 2011. REUTERS/Fabrizio Bensch )

Chief Rabbi Korsia says French society has turned indifferent to anti-Semitism

September 16, 2014
(French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia meets with the Anglo-American Press Association in Paris, Sept.. 16, 2014//Tom Heneghan)

(French Chief Rabbi Haim Korsia meets with the Anglo-American Press Association of Paris, Sept.. 16, 2014//Tom Heneghan)