26 April 2019 - 21 Nisan 5779 - כ"א ניסן ה' אלפים תשע"ט
Hitler photo with Jewish girl and Einstein letter sold in auctions E-mail

A photograph of Adolf Hitler hugging a child with Jewish roots and a letter by Albert Einstein predicting the rise of Nazi anti-Semitism each fetched five-figure sums at separate auctions last month.

The photograph, dated 1933, was sold for US$11,520 at the Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City, Maryland, CNN reported. It shows Rosa Bernile Nienau, whose grandmother was Jewish, being hugged by the Nazi leader outside his home in Bavaria, the sellers said. Hitler signed the photo with an inscription to Nienau. He had met the girl at his birthday party in Bavaria that year, when she was about six years old. They were both born on 20 April.

Hitler and Nienau exchanged several letters. Nienau’s mother, Karoline, was a nurse and an acquaintance of Hitler, and had taken her daughter to his birthday party, where they bonded, the auction house said, based on research. “The dear and (considerate?) Rosa Nienau Adolf Hitler Munich, the 16th June 1933,” read the caption on the picture. It was delivered to Nienau’s mother in Munich.

“Research shows that even early on, Hitler became aware of the girl’s Jewish heritage but chose to ignore it, either for personal or propaganda reasons,” the auction house said in the description of the item.

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Israeli futuristic water and agro technologies on display E-mail

A vertical rice wall and waterpurifying technology from Israel were showcased as part of the 25th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Israel and Vietnam.

The event, held on 27 October in the capital’s Ly Thai To square, introduced a 100sqm vertical rice wall, which combines the deployment of soilbased technology for water conservation and plant nutrition. The technology might change the face of city landscaping forever, and will boost cropgrowing capabilities in cities all over the world. The system enables almost any plant or crop to be grown, and enables people to harvest fresh produce at their fingertips. Also showcased at the event was Watergen, a patented, cutting-edge Israeli technology that provides a low-cost, abundant and renewable source of fresh, clean drinking water by extracting it directly from the atmosphere.

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Israel provides humanitarian aid after Indonesian earthquake and tsunami E-mail

As part of a global response for international relief, Israeli humanitarian aid NGO IsraAID deployed an Emergency Response Team to the Indonesian island of Sulawesi following the earthquake and tsunami that hit the island on 28 September. The magnitude-7.5 tremor struck at 5:02 p.m., generating a devastating tsunami.

Major population centres in Central Sulawesi province have seen wide-scale devastation, including building collapses, landslides and shortages of fuel and power.

According to the latest reports, around 2,000 people have been killed, up to 5,000 are missing and at least 48,000 have been displaced from their homes to more than 100 evacuation centres. It is estimated that as many as 1.5 million people have been affected. These numbers continue to rise as authorities restore communications and access to the worst-affected areas.

IsraAID’s Emergency Response Team, including Israeli and international disaster relief specialists, utilises the organisation’s many years of disaster-response experience to guide their work and ensure life-saving aid reaches at-risk populations. In disaster-affected areas, the team distributes vital relief items, provides mental health support to vulnerable groups and conducts an initial needs assessment to determine immediate and longterm needs, including medical care, psychological support and safe water provision.

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Israel Ministry of Defense delegation visits Vietnam E-mail

Vietnam’s Defence Minister General Ngo Xuan Lich hosted a reception on 8 October for a delegation from Israel’s Ministry of Defense, led by the director general of the ministry, Udi Adam, who was visiting the country to attend the first Vietnam-Israel defence policy dialogue.

At the meeting, General Lich expressed his confidence that the dialogue will contribute to enhancing mutual understanding and trust between the two armies, while opening opportunities for deeper and more effective co-operation between them.

Leaders of the Vietnamese Ministry of Defence will create favourable conditions for both sides to realise their inked agreements as well as draw up new initiatives in defence cooperation, he affirmed.

Earlier, Vietnam’s Deputy Defence Minister Sen. Lt. Gen. Nguyen Chi Vinh and Udi Adam chaired the first VietnamIsrael defence policy dialogue, during which they shared their stance on global and regional issues of mutual interest, and discussed measures to deepen the bilateral defence ties.

Vinh and his Israeli guest expressed their delight at the sound Vietnam-Israel relations in recent years, with the defence ties witnessing more comprehensive, practical and effective developments.

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Hair salon in Taiwan displays Nazi logos E-mail

Following complaints from many offended local residents, a hair salon in northern Taiwan recently covered the logo on its store signs, which some felt resembled a swastika.

Hsu Chen-yang, the owner of the Berlin Hair Salon in Hsinchu City, told the Taiwan News that the logo was supposed to look like four razor blades, and that he covered it up after the protests against it grew more intense. The salon also changed the logo on its Facebook page, following hundreds of negative comments in both English and Chinese, according to the Taiwan News. The logo was reportedly created by a designer hired by the shop.

In a statement, the Jewish Center of Taipei had called for the signs to be taken down. In addition, the German Institute of Taipei, in a statement issued on behalf of the German Foreign Ministry, said that “using Nazi symbols for commercial purposes is a despicable act of offense against the victims of the Holocaust. We call upon the owner of the shop to immediately remove those Nazi signs.”

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