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BERLIN (JTA) — Two Holocaust survivors who, in 1946, tried to poison thousands of Nazi officials in an Allied prison camp can no longer be prosecuted for attempted murder, a German court has ruled.

The two survivors, now living in Israel, confessed recently to putting arsenic in bread supplies for the Nuremberg-Langwasser camp in southern Germany, where some 12,000 Nazis were held.

Some 200 inmates were hospitalized, but not enough poison was used to kill anybody. Although attempted murder is not covered by a statute of limitations in Germany, the court made an exception "because of persecution experienced" by the two during the Holocaust.

Germany honors rescuer of Jews

BERLIN (JTA) — Germany has renamed an army base after a soldier who was executed by the Nazis for saving hundreds of Jews from the Holocaust.

Before being renamed for Sgt. Anton Schmid, the base had honored an army general, Gunther Rudel, who served in both world wars and had served as an "honorary judge" for the People's Courts of the Third Reich.

Jews for Jesus logo protested in Canada

TORONTO (JTA) — The Canadian Jewish Congress is fighting a governmental decision that allows an international Jews for Jesus group with churches in Toronto and Montreal to use a menorah as a copyright-protected logo.

The Canadian Jewish Congress said it is "offensive, scandalous and immoral" for Chosen People Ministries to use the menorah as its emblem.

Forgotten mikvah uncovered in Brazil

RIO DE JANEIRO (JTA) — Archaeologists have discovered a mikvah in northeastern Brazil.

The mikvah was hidden under Kahal Zur Israel, what is believed to be the oldest synagogue in the Americas. The temple fell into disuse after Jews were expelled from Recife in 1654.

U.K. banks publish dormant accounts

LONDON (JTA) — Jewish leaders have praised a plan by British banks to enable Holocaust victims to claim funds that were frozen during World War II.

Earlier this week, the British Bankers' Association published the names of 10,800 dormant bank accounts holding a total of some $3.5 million.

The chairman of the Holocaust Educational Trust, Lord Greville Janner, said he hoped "this honorable and worthy" act would "set an example to banks all over the world."

Poland apologizes for anti-Semitism

WARSAW (JTA) — Polish Prime Minister Jerzy Buzek has apologized for anti-Semitic incidents witnessed by Jewish youths visiting Poland last week.

The inscription "Jews to the Crematorium" had appeared in Lublin, a city close to the nearby former death camp of Majdanek.

The incident occurred a day after the presidents of Israel and Poland led thousands of Jews and Poles in the annual "March of the Living" commemorating the Holocaust.

Man says he targeted Swiss Jewish leader

BERN (JTA) — A Swiss man who attacked an Israeli tourist in Zurich last year has admitted that he had also tried to attack a Swiss Jewish leader.

The man told a judge that he had waited outside Sigi Feigel's office in Zurich. Feigel, however, had a speaking engagement that kept him from going to his office that day.