The German state of Bavaria has struck a sour note with the family of celebrated classical composer Felix Mendelssohn by refusing to return a precious Picasso painting lost during the Nazis’ pre-Holocaust persecution of German Jews.
Three of Mendelssohn’s relatives are suing Bavaria over “Madame Soler,” a 1903 portrait from the artist’s popular “Blue Period” that’s worth an estimated $100 million.
Virulent anti-Semitism in greece is the topic of a Times of Israel article.
At the start of Greece’s economic meltdown around 2009, Greek Jews already thought their country was in a bad way politically when the extreme right-wing Popular Orthodox Party (LAOS) came out of virtually nowhere to win seven percent of the national vote. Back in 2001, LAOS leader and MP Georgios Karatzaferis had raised the question of Jewish complicity in the 9/11 attacks in Parliament, stating that “the Jews have no right to provoke, because they have filled the world with crimes.”
But worse was to come. LAOS has now been overshadowed by Chrisi Avgi or “Golden Dawn,” a party that that bolsters its grassroots support by demonizing Jewish ghosts: Its high-flying leader Nikolaos Michaloliakos declares: “There were no ovens. This is a lie. I believe that it is a lie….There were no gas chambers either.”
Read more: http://www.timesofisrael.com/greeks-find-cause-of-all-their-woes-the-jews/
Since the New York Times didn't print Frimet Roth's letter, I am calling attention to it and am directing you to read it here.