BERLIN (AP) — A survivor of the Holocaust and a young Jewish immigrant have spoken about their lives in Germany at a special parliamentary session commemorating the victims of the Holocaust 76 years after the Soviet army liberated the Auschwitz death camp in occupied Poland. Eighty-eight-year-old Charlotte Knobloch and 33-year-old Marina Weisband told lawmakers on International Holocaust Remembrance Day how their lives as Jews in Germany are still far from normal almost eight decades after the Nazis murdered 6 million European Jews in the Shoah. Following their speeches, German Chancellor Angela Merkel and others bore witness in the parliament’s prayer room on Wednesday as a rabbi put the final touches on a restored Thora scroll.
ISTANBUL (AP) — Three Turkish sailors who were on board a cargo ship attacked by pirates off the West African coast have returned home. Fifteen kidnapped sailors remain missing and one Azerbaijani crew member was killed during the attack. The Liberian-flagged M/V Mozart was sailing from Lagos Nigeria, to Cape Town in South Africa when it was attacked on Jan. 23, some 100 nautical miles (185 kilometers) northwest of the island nation of Sao Tome and Principe. Fourth captain Furkan Yaren told state-run Anadolu news agency he hoped the kidnapped sailors would rejoin their families soon. He said he was wounded from a fall while trying to avoid capture. The pirates left him behind along with two other wounded sailors.
IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — As the nation’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign accelerates, governors, public health directors and committees advising them are holding key discussions behind closed doors, including debates about who should be eligible for the shots and how best to distribute them. A review by The Associated Press finds that advisory committees created to help determine how to prioritize vaccine doses have been holding private meetings in at least 13 states that are home to more than 70 million people. In at least 15 other states, such meetings are open to the public. But even in those states, governors and health officials can modify or override committee recommendations with little or no public explanation.