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Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have had Jewish ancestry

Nazi leader Adolf Hitler's wife Eva Braun may have been of Jewish descent according to DNA analysis carried out for a British television documentary, the makers said Saturday. The anti-Semitic German leader responsible for the Holocaust married his long-term lover Braun shortly before they committed suicide in a Berlin bunker in 1945. But the programme to be screened by Britain's independent Channel 4 on Wednesday said hair samples show Braun may have had Jewish ancestry herself.

Sephardic Jews seduced by Spanish citizenship offer

Spain's offer of citizenship to the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country over 500 years ago during the Inquisition has sparked a flurry of global interest. Maya Weiss-Tamir, an Israeli lawyer who specialises in applications for citizenship in European countries, said she had received over 1,000 enquiries since the Spanish government approved the draft citizenship bill on February 7.

Greek Jews sue Germany for Nazi damages

The Jewish community of Thessaloniki in Greece on Tuesday said it had sued Germany at the European Court of Human Rights, demanding compensation for a forced ransom paid to Nazi occupation forces. The announcement comes ahead of a scheduled visit to Greece by German President Joachim Gauck on March 5. The community said it had paid 2.5 million drachmas to the Nazi commander of Macedonia, Max Merten, in July 1942 to secure the release of thousands of Jewish men submitted to brutal forced labour.

Spain to ease citizenship law for descendants of expelled Jews

Spain is poised to pass a law that will make it easier for the descendants of Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship, the government said Thursday. "We had to tell ourselves and the world that what happened was not only a mistake, but also that historical mistakes can be repaired," Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said during a meeting in Madrid with top Jewish leaders from the United States called to discuss the reform.

Spain to ease citizenship law for descendants of expelled Jews

Spain is poised to pass a law that will make it easier for the descendants of Jews expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship, the government said Thursday. "We had to tell ourselves and the world that what happened was not only a mistake, but also that historical mistakes can be repaired," Justice Minister Alberto Ruiz Gallardon said during a meeting in Madrid with top Jewish leaders from the United States called to discuss the reform.

Spain to ease path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Spain's government said Monday it plans to make it easier for the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship. Spain already allows nationality to be conferred to proven Sephardic Jews, the descendants of the Jewish people who were expelled more than 500 years ago in a period of Roman Catholic zeal under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand. But under draft legislation approved by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right government Friday, successful applicants can also keep their original citizenship.

Spain to ease path to citizenship for Sephardic Jews

Spain's government said Monday it plans to make it easier for the descendants of Jews who were expelled from the country in 1492 to obtain Spanish citizenship. Spain already allows nationality to be conferred to proven Sephardic Jews, the descendants of the Jewish people who were expelled more than 500 years ago in a period of Roman Catholic zeal under the reign of Isabella and Ferdinand. But under draft legislation approved by Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy's centre-right government Friday, successful applicants can also keep their original citizenship.

Israel's Sephardim abuzz at expanded Spanish citizenship offer

By Dan Williams JERUSALEM (Reuters) - The expansion of Spain's offer of citizenship to descendants of Jews it expelled en masse in 1492 has sparked interest in Israel, where the so-called Sephardim make up around a quarter of the population. While no one predicts an Israeli exodus to economically bruised Spain, a passport granting access to the wider European Union appeals to many in the war-wary Jewish state - especially its disproportionately large Sephardic underclass.

Ashkenazi Jews have western European ancestry

Ashkenazi Jews trace their maternal lineage to southern and western Europe, rather than the Near East or Caucasus as many Jews believe, according to a study published on Tuesday. The ancestry of Ashkenazi Jews -- Jews who dispersed into central and eastern Europe in the early Middle Ages -- is a hotly debated topic. There are competing schools of thought but general agreement that their ancestors migrated from Palestine after the destruction of the Second Temple in Jerusalem by the Romans in 70 AD.

Portugal citizenship offer to repair medieval expulsion of Jews

Portugal's parliament unanimously passed a law Friday offering citizenship to descendants of Jews persecuted and ordered expelled in the 15th century. The legislation sought to repair the effects of a decree issued in 1497 by Portugal's king Manuel I that ordered all Jews out of the country unless they converted to Christianity. A deputy in Portugal's ruling coalition, Jose Ribeiro e Castro, called the law's passage a "historic day". "We want to once again welcome all those who never should have had to leave," he said.
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