May 6, 1999
Norway to Pay Shoah Victims
Norway has begun accepting applications for the approximately $60 million fund it created in March for Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Applicants will be eligible for as much as $25,500. Further information is available from: The Ministry of Justice, Civil Department, P.O. Box 8005 Dep, 0030 Oslo, Norway.
As in other occupied countries, Norway's Jews were stripped of their assets and businesses when the Nazis invaded, in 1942. About 2,200 Jews were arrested during the occupation. Of the 767 who were shipped to death camps, only 30 survived.
Filing Date Set for Survivors
Needy Holocaust survivors in Israel can begin applying next month for payments from a special $180 million fund set up by Swiss banks and industry in 1997, according to an Israeli Finance Ministry official.
Those survivors with a monthly income of less than $875 will be eligible to apply, the official said Monday. The head of an umbrella organization for Israeli survivors, Noah Flug, complained that the application process is beginning months after American survivors received money from the same fund. Flug blamed Israeli bureaucracy for the delay.
U.S. General Has Jewish Roots
The American general leading the NATO military operation against Yugoslavia discovered his Jewish roots as an adult, The New York Times reported Monday.
Gen. Wesley Kanne Clark, who was raised as a Protestant in Little Rock, Ark., embraced his background when he learned of it in his 20s, according to several family members.
His grandfather, Jacob Nemerovsky, fled Russia in the 1890s during an anti-Semitic pogrom, the paper said.
Bombs Near Moscow Shuls
No one was injured in two bomb attacks that exploded near Moscow's two largest synagogues last Saturday night.
The attacks did not appear to target the synagogues themselves, according to Russian officials, but Jewish leaders were quoted as saying the attacks were aimed at the synagogues and that only increased security prevented more damage and injuries. One of the shuls, the Marina Roscha synagogue, has already been damaged by bombs several times earlier this decade.
Jewish Jordan' May Transfer
A high school basketball star known as the "Jewish Jordan" is considering transferring out of his yeshiva.
The possible move by Tamir Goodman comes after board members at his school, the Talmudical Academy in Baltimore, were reportedly upset over the amount of attention that basketball is receiving at the school as a result of Goodman's exploits.
The University of Maryland said earlier this year that it would consider not playing games on Shabbat after Goodman enrolls there, which he plans to do in the fall of 2000. -- JTA reports