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  • Prague’s longtime chief rabbi leaves colorful and controversial legacy

    August 25, 2014 | 3:32 pm

    When the novel “Altschul’s Method” hit the shelves in Czech bookstores this March, it was hailed as a brilliant political and psychological thriller combining elements of science fiction, alternate history and Jewish mysticism.

    But it became a true literary sensation when it was...

  • Czech police find weapons at Palestinian mission

    January 2, 2014 | 10:17 am

    Czech investigators found unregistered weapons at the Palestinian diplomatic mission in Prague, police said on Thursday, a day after the ambassador was killed in a mysterious explosion after opening a safe.

    "We have gathered many pieces of evidence, we secured weapons that will...

  • On Emil Jacoby’s 90th birthday, a tribute to a life well lived

    November 26, 2013 | 3:50 pm

    In late March 1945, a young Czech Jew hiding in Budapest organized a Passover service for escapees from the Nazis and for those working in the rescue efforts. Most of the people who gathered that day had worked and lived together in hiding. When a stranger appeared, the young Czech...

  • Czech Senate to consider property restitution

    July 16, 2012 | 11:09 am

    Czech Jewish leaders said they hoped their Senate would approve restitution of confiscated religious property.

    The Czech Parliament on July 14 voted in favor of distributing $3.7 billion among 17 religious denominations, including the Jewish community. The money is compensation for...

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  • Monument honors helpers of Czech Jewish family that hid in woods from Nazis

    April 10, 2012 | 1:01 pm

    Nearly 70 years after a Czech Jewish family sought refuge from the Nazis by retreating into a nearby forest and relying on non-Jewish locals for help, an American high school teacher has helped erect a permanent monument to their memory.

    Last week, several dozen people went to the...

  • At Chanukah, Czech Jews marvel at blessings of Havel’s revolution

    December 22, 2011 | 6:04 pm

    On the first night of Chanukah, I stood in the splendid reception hall of the U.S. ambassador’s residence in Prague as the ambassador himself lit the first candle in an imposing gilded menorah and chanted the blessings over the flames.

    Since it was the first night of the holiday,...

  • For Jews, Vaclav Havel wasn’t just a friend but a champion of freedom

    December 20, 2011 | 3:16 pm

    Vaclav Havel was a friend of the Jews and of Israel, but prominent Jews who mourned his passing this week said the Czech leader’s greatest legacy was his universal message of freedom.

    “Vaclav Havel was one of the few islands of intellectual freedom in the sea of totalitarian...

  • Czech Jews mourn Vaclav Havel, revolution leader and ex-Czech president

    December 19, 2011 | 11:11 am

    Along with their fellow countrymen, Czech Jews mourned the death of former President Vaclav Havel.

    Havel, who as Czechoslovakia’s first post-Communist president repeatedly denounced anti-Semitism, died Sunday at 75 after a long illness.

    A statement from the Federation of Czech...

  • Czech Holocaust memorial is vandalized

    August 15, 2011 | 1:31 pm

    Vandals spray-painted graffiti on a Holocaust memorial in the Czech Republic.

    The memorial in Ostrava, the republic’s third largest city, was vandalized over the weekend, Ostrava police told the Czech news agency CTK.

    “The perpetrators sprayed the memorial with specific symbols,” a...

  • Countries agree on rules for restitution

    June 10, 2010 | 12:18 pm

    Some 43 countries have agreed on non-binding rules for the restitution of property seized by the Nazis during the Holocaust.

    The rules were presented Wednesday in Prague by Czech Prime Minister Jan Fischer and the U.S. State Department adviser for Holocaust assets Stuart Eizenstat....

  • Czech politician quits over gay, Jewish comments

    April 1, 2010 | 1:58 pm

    From WashingtonPost.com:

    Derogatory comments by the Czech Republic’s former prime minister about Jews, gays and the Catholic Church led Thursday to his resignation as chairman of his conservative political party.

    Mirek Topolanek had been under strong pressure from within his Civic...

  • Czech ODS Party Seeks Revival After Chairman’s Comments on Jews

    March 26, 2010 | 10:41 am

    From BusinessWeek.com:

    The Czech Civic Democrat party, which has ruled since 2006, named Deputy Chairman Petr Necas, 45, as number one on its election list yesterday, replacing Chairman and former Prime Minister Mirek Topolanek.

    Topolanek had been criticized for remarks he made...

  • Czech Republic: Doctors’ Group Apologizes to Jews

    March 19, 2010 | 10:53 am

    From nytimes.com:

    A Czech doctors’ organization apologized to Jewish doctors Thursday for the persecution they endured in pre-World War II Czechoslovakia, an official of the organization said. In October 1938, before the Nazis invaded, organizations of Czechoslovak doctors,...

  • Israel flag flies,  a Czech surprise, voter fraud, bridge to understanding

    October 10, 2008 | 1:18 am

    Consul General Dayan

    I have been around long enough now to see many Israeli consuls general come and go ("Death to Fanatistan," Oct. 3).

    Some made a big difference; some had almost no discernible impact. But on a warm September day on Wilshire Boulevard, Consul General Yaakov...
  • Books: Czech teen’s words and art put a face on the Holocaust for me

    By Daniel A. Olivas

    June 7, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I attended grades one through eight at St. Thomas the Apostle School in Los Angeles during a time of great unrest in our country -- the Vietnam War, the assassinations of Robert Kennedy and Martin Luther King Jr., police brutality against war protesters during the Chicano Moratorium....
  • Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers

    October 5, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Congress OKs bill barring military chaplains from mentioning Jesus in official prayers
     
    The U.S. Congress rescinded language in Pentagon orders that allowed military chaplains to mention Jesus in official prayers. Controversy over including similar language in the Defense...
  • Community Briefs

    By Melissa Maroff

    May 4, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Czech President Speaks at Yom HaShoah Service

    Czech Republic President Vaclav Klaus spoke to about 700 Jewish schoolchildren, diplomats and Holocaust survivors at a Yom HaShoah service at the Museum of Tolerance April 25, at which Gilberto Bosques, a Mexican diplomat who saved...

  • A Tale of Two Torahs

    By Andrea Adelson

    October 3, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    About this time two years ago, congregants of Tustin's Congregation B'nai Israel lined their synagogue's sanctuary, making a human chain as Rabbi Eli Spitz unrolled a 150-year-old Czech Torah that survived the Holocaust. In places, its letters were faded and illegible making it...

  • Test of Fear

    By Tom Tugend

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of civilians faced the ultimate test of character when Nazi armies occupied their countries and started deporting their Jewish neighbors.

    Most reacted like normal human beings; that is, they looked the other way, when they did not actively collaborate with the conqueror. A...

  • Remembrance Through Art

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Holocaust, impossible to grasp in its entirety, has been depicted, in part, through every conceivable format and medium. Two joint exhibitions, now at The Jewish Federation's Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, surprise with new and affecting insights into the measureless...

  • A Miracle Reawakened

    By Magnus Bennett

    June 15, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The fading Hebrew inscriptions that adorn the walls of a small storeroom in the town of Terezin can be seen in virtually any synagogue around the globe.But thousands of Jews have been flocking to the recently discovered room because of its unique role in history - as a makeshift...

  • Forwarding a Hoax

    By Richard Allen Greene

    May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Heard the one about the father who told his children he was leaving their mother in order to get them to come home for Passover? What about the man who taught his parrot to daven? Read any good Jewish haiku lately?

    If the answer to any of these questions is "yes," there's probably...

  • Art as History’s Witness

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm


    Art as History's Witness

    Paintings from Terezin are on exhibit at the Jewish Federation Building

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Left: "Competitors for Potatoes" by Eli Leskley. "Many [paintings] ... are like ghoulishly bright cartoons in which the subject matter is anything but...

  • Art as History’s Witness

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Left: "Competitors for Potatoes" by Eli Leskley. "Many [paintings] ... are like ghoulishly bright cartoons in which the subject matter is anything but funny.'"

    Art as History's Witness

    Paintings from Terezin are on exhibit at the Jewish Federation Building

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts...

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