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  • Jewish man, 38, killed in Manhattan crane collapse

    5 days ago

    A 38-year-old Jewish man was killed when a construction crane collapsed on his car in Manhattan.

    David Wichs, an immigrant from Prague, in what is now the Czech Republic, was standing outside his parked car on Friday morning when the giant crane collapsed, crushing him to death,...

  • Survivors relive horrors of ‘model ghetto’ Theresienstadt

    January 27, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    Dozens of survivors of the Theresienstadt concentration camp near Prague returned to the site for a ceremony commemorating the 70th anniversary of their rescue.

    Tuesday’s commemoration took place on International Holocaust Memorial Day, which the United Nations set in 2005 for...

  • EU official: Tensions with Russia must not muddle Holocaust record

    January 27, 2015 | 9:19 am

    Political tensions with Russia must not be allowed to obfuscate the historical record on the Holocaust, a senior European Union official said.

    Frans Timmermans, the first vice president of the European Commission — the EU’s executive branch — made the plea Monday at an event in...

  • Politics, Putin cast shadow over Auschwitz liberation anniversary

    January 27, 2015 | 8:55 am

    When they announced the ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, Polish officials insisted that at this year’s event, “the eyes of the world will be focused” on about 300 Holocaust survivors whose presence Tuesday at the former Nazi death camp near...

  • The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away

    October 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so.

    The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker who with her husband,...

  • 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...

  • Kafka — demystifying the man behind the “Kafkaesque” mystique

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 12, 2013 | 12:12 pm

    Franz Kafka has entered our language as an adjective — “Kafkaesque” is applied nowadays to almost anything that strikes us as senseless or surreal — but the man himself remains obscure. Saul Friedlander’s short biography in Yale’s Jewish Lives series, “Kafka: The Poet of Shame and...

  • Ancient Jewish gravestones unearthed at Vienna cemetery

    July 10, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Jewish gravestones unearthed at a small cemetery in Vienna were hailed on Wednesday as historically important cultural treasures that could rival the famed Jewish cemetery in Prague.

    Restoration work at the 16th century Seegasse cemetery has discovered 20 gravestones that are...

  • 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...

  • Clinton: U.S. will take action should Syria use chemical weapons

    December 3, 2012 | 9:30 am

    The United States is planning action should the Syrian regime use its chemical weapons, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton said.

    "I'm not going to telegraph in any specifics what we would do in the event of credible evidence that the Assad regime has resorted to using...

  • 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...

  • NYU evacuates Tel Aviv program

    November 19, 2012 | 2:41 pm

    New York University's Tel Aviv program was suspended for the rest of the semester, and its students and faculty were evacuated to London.

    The university is considering whether to reopen for the spring semester, according to NYULocal, a student news blog. The northern Tel Aviv...

  • Madeleine Albright reveals secret past in ‘Prague Winter’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    August 1, 2012 | 4:06 pm

    Madeleine Albright and Christopher Hitchens are two famous figures who discovered their Jewish ancestry only in adulthood. The discovery did nothing to temper Hitchens’ harsh view of religion in general or the State of Israel in particular. For Albright, by contrast, the belated...

  • The Bachelorette Recap – Hometown Dates

    By Ilana Angel

    July 3, 2012 | 6:36 pm

    We are back in the States, which is both good and bad.  Good because it means we are close to the end, and bad because it means we have to sit through a lot of recapping.  Emily needs to reflect on all her travels and the four men she has left.  I’m not big on reality television...

  • The Bachelorette in Prague

    By Ilana Angel

    June 29, 2012 | 8:33 pm

    Emily and the remaining men are in Prague this week. I think of all the seasons of both the Bachelor and Bachelorette, the locations Emily has been to are my favorite.  I have loved everywhere they have gone.  Prague is beautiful and within the first minute of the show the view is...

  • Proposed shopping center on deportation site is protested

    February 29, 2012 | 10:37 am

    Opponents of a proposed shopping center to be built on the site where Jews were deported to Nazi death camps want to ensure that an appropriate monument also is erected.

    Protesters wearing yellow Stars of David and pushing empty shopping carts met Monday at the site in Prague where...

  • 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...

  • 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....
  • PASSOVER: Prague’s Matzah Metamorphosis

    By Dinah Spritzer

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    An anonymous source breathes heavily on the other end of the receiver, softly intoning that the only way to get the goods is from an inside contact.

    Through friends, I discretely discover my intermediary, who leads me through several dark corridors for an encounter with an angry...

  • Deep Spiritual Rift Grows in Prague

    By Jennifer Anne Perez

    September 2, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    He fought a desperate battle against communism, crafted award-winning plays and books and functioned as an intellectual and spiritual compass for Prague's Jewish community for more than a decade.

    But in late June, something extraordinary happened: Karol Sidon was forced out as the...

  • Q & A With The Golem

    By Amy Klein

    January 15, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Flurries of white flakes gently cascade onto the spires and turrets of Prague's skyline, bringing a color relief to the pink, green and blue painted castles, churches, concert halls and magnificent architecture of everyday buildings.

    Above the slippery, snowy cobblestones, past the...