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  • July Jewish Heritage Europe Newsletter: Czech 10 Stars and New Photo Galleries

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    July 21, 2014 | 7:52 am

    (This post also appears on my Jewish Heritage Travel blog)

     

    Please take a look at the July edition of the monthly newsletter of Jewish Heritage Europe -- the website on Jewish heritage issues that I coordinate as a project of the Rothschild Foundation (Hanadiv) Europe.

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  • Czech lawmaker says Catholic Church approved Nazi murders of Jews

    June 24, 2014 | 10:55 am

    A Czech lawmaker who said the Catholic Church collaborated with the Nazis is being called on to apologize.

    “The Catholic Church did not suffer during World War II; it was one of the biggest allies of Nazi Germany,” Igor Jakubcik of the Social Democrat Party said during a debate...

  • Five years after landmark declaration, Holocaust restitution moves slowly in Eastern Europe

    April 22, 2014 | 4:23 pm

    When a 2009 Holocaust-era assets conference concluded with a landmark statement of principles on Holocaust restitution, many restitution advocates had high hopes that a corner had been turned in the struggle for survivor justice.

    The Terezin Declaration, which had the support of...

  • Palestinians apologize for illegal weapons in Prague

    January 14, 2014 | 11:35 am

    Palestinian officials apologized for a cache of illegal weapons discovered at the home of the Palestinian ambassador to the Czech Republic a day after he was killed in an explosion there.

    The Czech Foreign Ministry said in a statement issued Tuesday that the Palestinians...

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  • Ghosts of Communism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Two weeks ago, my wife, Ann, and I completed our first trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Everywhere we went, our local guides proudly pointed out the progress that has been made since the fall of communism, and we could readily see for ourselves the affluence,...

  • Slovak court moves toward imprisoning war criminal in Hungary

    March 29, 2013 | 7:53 am

    A Slovak court has commuted a death sentence against Laszlo Csatary, a war criminal whom Slovakia wants extradited from Hungary for his complicity in murdering thousands of Jews.

    A Czechoslovakian court in 1948 sentenced Csatary in absentia to death for torturing Jews and helping...

  • Czech Jews to gather info for national bone marrow registry

    March 18, 2013 | 1:15 pm

    The Jewish community in the Czech Republic will search for bone marrow donors among its members to strengthen the national registry.

    The move follows requests from the country’s National Register of Marrow Donors to expand the list of donors from varying ethnic backgrounds, the...

  • Czech ‘Joe Lieberman’ could be Europe’s first Jewish president

    January 7, 2013 | 3:07 pm

    If the pundits are correct, the Czech Republic may become the first country other than Israel to elect a Jewish president.

    Jan Fischer, 62, an understated former prime minister who led a caretaker government following a coalition collapse in 2009, is neck and neck in the polls...

  • Netanyahu thanks Czech Republic for support

    December 5, 2012 | 9:34 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu thanked the Czech Republic for standing with Israel against a United Nations resolution that gave the Palestinians enhanced statehood status.

    The Czech Republic was one of nine countries to vote against the resolution in the U.N. General...

  • On restitution, a rundown of where they stand in Eastern Europe

    December 3, 2012 | 2:16 pm

    The following is a rundown of some Eastern European countries and where they stand on restitution:

    Poland: Has not enacted any form of private restitution or compensation for an estimated $30.5 billion worth of property confiscated by the Nazis, then the communists. The Jewish...

  • ADL says Europe capitulated in Palestine UN vote

    November 30, 2012 | 9:31 am

    The Anti-Defamation League accused European countries of “capitulating to Arab intimidation” in voting to recognize Palestine as a non-member state at the United Nations.

    “They have acted without courage and capitulated to Arab intimidation and pressure,” ADL National Director...

  • Prague rally shows Israel support

    November 26, 2012 | 11:11 am

    More than 300 people participated in a pro-Israel demonstration in Prague.

    Rally participants on Sunday in the Czech Republic's capital held banners reading "Gaza murderers are killing, Israel has a right to defend itself," "Free Gaza from Hamas," "Israel you are not alone" and...

  • Article Highlights Jewish Culture Festivals in Europe

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    May 27, 2012 | 2:14 am

    An article in The Forward advocates something that I have long urged travellers to do—use some of the many Jewish culture and other such festivals in Europe as anchor points for summer travels.

    The article highlights just two festivals—the wellknown Jewish Culture Festival in...

  • Jewish Visitor Center in Brno

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    April 28, 2012 | 4:05 pm

    Once again I have to hand it to the Czechs for the exemplary way that they preserve and promote Jewish heritage, heritage sites and memory.

    I spent a day this past week in Brno, the Czech Republic’s second largest city and the capital of Moravia. I was there for a totally different...

  • Czech groups ask president to repudiate commentator

    February 27, 2012 | 10:42 am

    Czech Jewish groups have issued a joint statement calling on President Vaclav Klaus to disassociate himself from the anti-Semitic comments of Adam Bartos.

    The European Shoah Legacy Institute and Jewish organizations such as the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic,...

  • 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 Republic, Italy, Netherlands on board with Durban III boycott

    July 25, 2011 | 9:57 am

    The Czech Republic became the first European Union country to say it would boycott the United Nations-sponsored Durban III conference.

    Shortly after the Czech Republic announced July 22 that it would not send a delegation to the Durban III conference set for Sept. 22 in New York,...

  • Czech Republic surprises with Jewish treasures

    By Jay Firestone

    October 2, 2008 | 12:49 am

    A tight budget, an embarrassing exchange rate and exponentially expensive flights -- it's a tough time to be an American, and an even tougher time to be an American traveler. But it's still possible to enjoy a first-rate European experience while keeping travel costs reasonable.

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  • Better late than never, Theodor Herzl, children reunited in death; Ex-N.J. Governor McGreevey’s Isra

    September 28, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Theodor Herzl, Children Reunited in Death
     
    Two of Theodor Herzl's children were reinterred in Jerusalem after decades of debate. Hans and Pauline Herzl, who died in 1930 and were buried in France, were laid to final rest alongside the Zionist visionary at the cemetery that carries...
  • Nation & World Briefs

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Israel: No Hamas in Elections

    Top Israeli leaders confirmed that they do not want Hamas to take part in Palestinian elections. It's up to the Palestinians to "decide if they would like to have real elections," Foreign Minister Silvan Shalom told journalists in New York on Monday,...

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