News in Brief

Shark bites man off Ashdod coast

A 26-year-old man was bitten by a shark yesterday off the Ashdod coast. The man, whose hand was partially severed, was working on a fish farm ten kilometers from shore when he was attacked. He was taken to Tel Aviv’s Ichilov Hospital. “Sharks can usually be found in the area,” Dr.Aviad Scheinin of HaMaarag, Israel’s National Ecosystem Assessment Program, told Haaretz. “Recently, dozens and even hundreds of sharks have swarmed the area.” Based on the description of the case the fish in question was probably a dusky shark, Scheinin said, adding that not much is known about that species. (Zafrir Rinat and Shirly Seidler)

Danes commemorate 70th anniversary of rescue of Jews

A ceremony has been held in Denmark to mark the 70th anniversary of the evacuation of 7,300 Jews during World War II to prevent their deportation to a Nazi concentration camp. At Copenhagen’s synagogue yesterday, Jewish community leader Finn Schwarz told several hundred people it was “almost a miracle” that the October 1943 operation in Nazi-occupied Denmark dodged German patrol boats to deliver the Jews across a waterway to neutral Sweden. On Tuesday, a light show on a bridge between Denmark and Sweden will commemorate the escape. (AP)

U.S. Holocaust museum returning barracks to Auschwitz

The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington will return a section of wooden barracks that was given on long-term loan by the Auschwitz Museum 24 years ago. The barracks, the centerpiece of the U.S. Holocaust Museum’s permanent collection, will be replaced by another set from Birkenau, which will be owned by the museum. The exhibition containing the barracks, half of a wooden building in which Jewish prisoners slept while imprisoned in the death camp, will be closed for five months beginning on Tuesday to allow for the removal of the old barracks and the installation of the new ones. The second half of the barracks to be removed is located in the Auschwitz Museum and was completely preserved. (JTA)