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convicted in November 2009 on 86
counts of fraud in connection with
the Agriprocessors plant.
In a federal raid on the plant in
May 2008, 389 illegal immigrants,
including 31 children, were arrested.
BERLIN (JTA) -- Germany has
committed to a donation of $80
million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau
Foundation for the preservation and
restoration of the memorial at the
site of the Nazi Germany concentra-
Germany's contribution will be
split between the federal government
and the states, and will be disbursed
in five annual installments, accord-
ing to the German Foreign Ministry.
The contribution is by far the
largest to the foundation, which was
established in 2009 with the aim of
securing long-term financing for the
upkeep of the memorial.
Foreign Minister Guido
Westerwelle said in a Dec. 15 state-
ment that the commitment under-
scored Germany's "historical respon-
sibility to keep the remembrance of
the Holocaust alive and to convey
[this remembrance] to future gen-
More than 1 million people, most
of them Jews from across Europe,
were murdered in the gas chambers of
Auschwitz-Birkenau, starting in 1942.
The camp was liberated by Red Army
soldiers on Jan. 27, 1945.
According to reports, many original
structures are badly in need of repair.
The foundation aims to establish a
$160 million capital stock fund. The
United States is contributing $15 mil-
lion; and several European countries
have pledged to contribute as well.
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Bush Granddaughter To Wed
WASHINGTON (JTA) -- The grand-
daughter of former President George
H.W. Bush is engaged to marry the
son of famed Jewish fashion designer
Fashion model Lauren Pierce Bush,
daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush
and a niece of former President George
W. Bush, is engaged to David Lauren, an
executive in the fashion industry.
Ralph Lauren's original name is
Ralph Reuben Lifshitz.
The announcement comes just six
months after Chelsea Clinton mar-
ried a Jewish investment banker, Marc
Mezvinsky, in a ceremony that raised a
great deal of discussion in the Jewish
NEW YORK (JTA)
was named Time
magazine's Person of
The choice of
Zuckerberg to grace the cover of Time's
year-end issue was announced on Dec.
In its introduction, the magazine
said that Zuckerberg, who is Jewish,
was recognized "For connecting more
than half a billion people and mapping
the social relations among them; for
creating a new system of exchanging
information; and for changing how we
all live our lives:'
A college dropout, Zuckerberg cre-
ated Facebook in 2004. He is estimated
to be worth about $6.9 billion.
Roman Statue Uncovered
ASHKELON (JTA) -- A nearly
1,800-year-old Roman statue of a
woman was discovered near Ashkelon
after it was uncovered by a severe storm.
The weekend storm caused a cliff
near a seaside archeological dig to
crumble, exposing the nearly 4-foot-
high statue as well as the remains of a
large building believed to be part of a
The statue, which is missing its
head and a hand, is thought to have
stood inside the bathhouse. The white
marble statue is wearing a toga and
sandals; it may have been imported
from Italy or Greece, according to the
Israel Antiquities Authority.
Archeological sites all along the
Mediterranean coast were damaged by
Turin Returns Torah Ark
ROME (JTA) -- In an unusual and
highly symbolic move, the city of
Turin has formally returned to the
local Jewish community an ornate
The Jewish community had pre-
sented the ark to the city more than a
"This is recognition of the role Jews
play in society," Turin Jewish commu-
nity President Tullio Levi said at a Dec.
The gilded and intricately carved
wooden cabinet, probably dating from
the early 18th century, is the oldest
example of furnishings from the syna-
gogues that once stood in Turin's Jewish
ghetto, which was established in 1679.