In 2010, an unexpected phone call from the American lawyer, Lawrence Eisenstein turned Claire Giebel's life upside down. For Claire, now a 70-year-old French Jewess living in Paris, it was the beginning of a 13-year "battle" to locate art stolen from her grandfather.
Eisenstein's company deals with the recovery of works of art stolen by the Nazis. The lawyer told Claire that a British scholar had come across the name "Rene Giebel" in art collectors' files. It was about Claire's grandfather, a French-Jewish resistance fighter who was killed in a German concentration camp.
Eisenstein told Claire that he and researcher Ian Locke believed the Nazis had stolen her grandfather's art collection. Although the Giebel family knew that René was a famous art dealer before World War II, they were unaware of the size of his collection.
“We were never told anything about my grandfather other than he was in the French resistance. Certainly not that he had been robbed. He did not hide during the war. In my family, he's considered a hero," Claire said.
Thousands of stolen or lost works of art
In addition to being a famous gallerist of his time, Rene Gibel was also very well connected. He was closely related to the Vuitton family as his mother, Clarisse Vuitton, was the niece of the famous Louis Vuitton. At the same time, Rene socialized with leading artists of his time such as Monet, Matisse and Picasso while he was friends with the writer Marcel Proust.
The speaker of the House of Commons of Canada announced on 26.09.2023 his resignation, following the scandal caused by the honor given by the parliament to a Ukrainian veteran who had fought with the Nazis during the Second World War, during the of Volodymyr Zelensky's visit last week.
"It is with a heavy heart that I rise to inform members of my resignation as Speaker of the House of Commons," Anthony Rota told parliament, expressing "deep regret for his mistake".
The latter has been under pressure since last weekend, with all parties calling for his resignation — including within his own Liberal party, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Trudeau spoke of an "unacceptable" and "distressing" tribute.
"I accept full responsibility for my actions. My resignation will take effect at the end of the meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 27 September, so that preparations can be made for the election of a new president," Rota explained.
During Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky's brief visit to Ottawa on Friday, Anthony Rota called on MPs to applaud 98-year-old Ukrainian veteran Yaroslav Hunka. He had presented this man as a "Ukrainian hero", coming from his constituency.
The Greek program of Australian Radio SBS presents the event organized by the Greek diaspora in Australia, on the theme of "Jews of Greece" and on the occasion of the 80th anniversary of the Holocaust of the Greek Jews.
The event will take place in Sydney on October 1, 2023. The speaker will be Dr. Alfred Vincent. Among other things, the speaker will refer to the story of Alberto Jacoel, who survived the Holocaust. He was born in 1908 in Thessaloniki and died in 1993 in Australia, in Terrigal, New South Wales.
Dr. Vincent, in his interview with SBS Greek (listen here), was initially mentioned in this special reason for the organization this year of a tribute to the Jews of Greece.
Dr. Leon Saltiel, representing the WJC, spoke at the emergency debate, held on 11.7.23, in the context of the 53rd Session of the UN Human Rights Council, on religious hatred and the burning of religious books. Mr. Leon Saltiel concluded his speech by emphasizing: “Mr. President, the world does not need more book burning. It needs more people to read books." Read the full speech here.
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The far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) party scored another electoral victory on Sunday 2.7.2023 as it managed to elect its first full-time town mayor, a week after the party's first regional governor was elected.
Hannes Lott, 42, was elected mayor of Raghun-Jesnitz, a town of about 9.000 in the eastern German state of Saxony-Anhalt, according to data posted on Facebook by local authorities.
Collecting 51,3% of the votes, this member of the state parliament beat his opponent, who was not supported by any party.
Just a week ago, AfD candidate Robert Stuhlmann won the regional election in Sonenberg, located in the state of Thuringia also in eastern Germany, becoming the first regional governor elected by the far-right party.
"After the first district, we now have the first full-time mayor elected by the AfD," party official Christian Blakes said on social media.
A small number of villages in Germany have in the past elected mayors who are close to the AfD, but they carry out the mayoral duties voluntarily and have other jobs at the same time.