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Paris - Police And Jewish Groups Cry Foul Over Report Of Anti-Semitic Attack On Synagogue By Vanity Fair

Published on: August 23, 2015 06:00 PM
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FILE = Rabbi Michel Gugenheim, attends the March 11, 2014 opening of a charitable institution. (photo credit: Courtesy/Consistoire de Paris)FILE = Rabbi Michel Gugenheim, attends the March 11, 2014 opening of a charitable institution. (photo credit: Courtesy/Consistoire de Paris)

Paris - Jewish groups and investigators from law enforcement are charging that a “special dispatch” on anti-Semitism in the August edition of Vanity Fair depicting a July 13, 2014 assault on a Paris synagogue by a Nazi terrorist group is “untrue.”

TELGRAPH.co.uk (http://bit.ly/1I4e9P3) reports that in Vanity Fair’s account, American journalist Marie Brenner relates how Chief Rabbi Michel Gugenheim had to ultimately be rescued by a special commando force after a Nazi mob, wielding ISIL flags and shouting “Hitler was right,” stormed the Roquette Synagogue in Paris, trapping some 200 worshippers inside.

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In her piece, Ms Brenner writes that pictures and videos of the gruesome attack have been in circulation, but after a lengthy investigation police are saying that not only are there no pictures and videos, but that no such event ever took place and that Ms Brenner’s account has “nothing to do with reality.”

Police have issued an open invitation for Ms Brenner and Vanity Fair to produce the photos and videos documenting the supposed event, but to date Ms Brenner has not responded.

When contacted, a Vanity Fair spokesman said, “We stand by our story.”


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