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  • Romania expected to pass Holocaust restitution bill

    April 26, 2016 | 2:38 pm

    Legislation that will make it easier for Holocaust survivors to press restitution claims is expected to pass in Romania’s parliament next week.

    Lawmakers said Tuesday they expect the bill, which removes barriers to claiming property, to succeed, Reuters reported.

    Much of the...

  • Romanian president phones terror victim during Israel visit

    March 11, 2016 | 8:41 am

    During his visit to Israel, Romania’s president spoke on the phone to a compatriot who was wounded in a stabbing attack in Tel Aviv .

    President Klaus Werner Johannis told media on Wednesday of his conversation with the Romanian-Israeli victim of the stabbing attack that occurred...

  • Anti-Semitic attitudes down in France, Belgium and Germany

    June 30, 2015 | 9:47 am

    Anti-Semitic attitudes fell in two countries where Jews were attacked over the last year while rising significantly in Italy, Romania and the Netherlands, a new Anti-Defamation League poll found.

    The survey of 10,000 respondents in 19 countries in March and early April was a...

  • From a Romanian village to Jewish Los Angeles

    By Avishay Artsy

    May 21, 2015 | 1:25 pm

    The journey to Judaism was a long one for Kinga Dobos. She grew up in a poor village in Romania and struggled to fit in as a teenager in Hungary. She worked for years as an au pair in Great Britain and the United States, and it was the Jewish families that took her into their homes...

  • Firebomb hits former synagogue in Romania

    June 3, 2014 | 9:40 am

    A firebomb thrown into a former synagogue in central Romania caused minor damage, a local Jewish watchdog group said.

    The firebomb was aimed at the wooden part of the floor of the former synagogue of Sighisoara, the Center for Monitoring and Combating Antisemitism in Romania said...

  • George Berci

    By Jane Ulman

    July 24, 2013 | 4:36 pm

    In October 1942, George Berci, then George Bleier, was ordered to report for forced labor. Along with 1,600 young men, the 21-year-old was transported from Budapest to a camp near Bereck, Hungary, near the Romanian border. During the day, in his assigned group of 400 men, George...

  • Eva Katz Brettler

    By Jane Ulman

    April 18, 2013 | 1:39 pm

    Arrow Cross soldiers banged on the front door. Eva Brettler, then Eva Katz, hid behind her grandmother as the soldiers, members of Hungary’s fascist party, ordered Eva’s grandmother and aunt to quickly pack and prepare to leave. “Chavelah, you have to listen and you have to hide,”...

  • German university fires professor for denying Holocaust

    March 15, 2013 | 9:06 am

    The University of Aachen in Germany fired historian Vladimir Iliescu for claiming the Holocaust never happened in Romania.

    The institution  “cancelled the teaching contract” of Iliescu “immediately after statements he made to the Romanian Academy became known,” a spokesperson for...

  • Romania issues stamp for shul’s 130th anniversary

    March 1, 2013 | 6:44 am

    Romania issued a postage stamp marking the 130th anniversary of the Great Temple of Radauti in the country’s north.

    Romfilatelia, the Romanian philately company, announced the introduction of the stamp ahead of Aug. 18, the anniversary of the synagogue's 1883 inauguration in...

  • 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...

  • Candlesticks on Stone

    By Ruth Ellen Gruber

    August 28, 2012 | 1:51 am

    In my last post I took note of the candlesticks motif that is often used to mark the gravestones of Jewish women—it is very widespread in parts of Eastern Europe but also found elsewhere.

    I have an ongoing project about the Candlesticks motif, which I have been working on for...

  • Aly Raisman takes a gold and bronze

    August 7, 2012 | 10:45 am

    Jewish-American gymnast Aly Raisman won a gold medal in the floor exercise as well as a bronze on the balance beam at the London Olympics.

    Raisman, 18, of Needham, Mass., took the gold on Aug. 6 with a score of 15.6 to edge Catalina Ponor of Romania and Aliya Mustafina of Russia,...

  • Naming Holocaust denier government minister concerns Romanian Jews

    August 7, 2012 | 10:36 am

    The appointment of a Romanian lawmaker who denied his countrymen’s complicity in the Holocaust “seriously concerns” Romanian Jews, a community leader said.

    Dan Sova was appointed minister for parliamentary affairs on Monday. In March, Sova was filmed saying that Romanians never...

  • Holocaust survivors beauty pageant crowns Romanian winner

    June 29, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    A beauty pageant for Holocaust survivors was held in Haifa, featuring female survivors walking down a red carpet and sharing details of their travails during World War II.

    Fourteen women, aged 74 to 97, participated according to news reports. Romanian native Hava Hershkovitz, 79,...

  • Conference calls on Romania to acknowlege WWII war crimes

    November 9, 2011 | 3:15 pm

    A conference focusing on Romania’s Holocaust-era war crimes in Ukraine and Moldova called on Romania to acknowledge and apologize for the murder of hundreds of thousands of Jews.

    The conference, which ended Wednesday, on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, was convened to bring the...

  • Romanian dictionary to change slur’s definition

    August 10, 2011 | 10:39 am

    Romania’s highest cultural forum, following a request by a watchdog group, agreed to make clear in the definition of an anti-Semitic slur that the word is a pejorative.

    The Center for Monitoring and Combating Anti-Semitism on Tuesday had urged the The Romanian Academy to change its...

  • Holocaust exhibition repeatedly stolen in Romania

    June 17, 2011 | 3:24 pm

    Someone keeps stealing an exhibition about Jewish heritage and the Holocaust in Romania from a subway station in the country’s capital city.

    The exhibition, created by Israeli photographer Shani Bar On and Austrian-born journalist Emil Rennert, was sponsored by the Austrian...

  • High percentage of Romanian teens reject Jews, Roma, gays, Muslim as neighbors

    April 29, 2011 | 12:27 pm

    One third of Romanian teenagers would be opposed to living next to Jewish neighbors according to a poll that found even higher levels of prejudice directed at Roma, Muslims and gays.

    Three quarters of respondents said they did not want gays living next door, according to the poll,...

  • Holocaust victims reburied in Romanian Jewish cemetery

    April 6, 2011 | 10:10 am

    The remains of dozens of Jews killed by Romanian troops during the Holocaust and found in a mass grave were reburied in a Jewish cemetery.

    The unidentified remains of at least 40 Jewish victims were reburied on Monday in the Jewish cemetery of Iasi in northeastern Romania.


  • Peres visiting Bulgaria, Romania to boost relations

    August 11, 2010 | 11:14 am

    Israeli President Shimon Peres is on a state visit to Bulgaria and Romania aimed at bolstering bilateral relations with the two Balkan nations.

    In the Bulgarian capital Sofia on Wednesday, Peres was presented with the country’s highest state decoration, the Stara Planina Award.

  • Olmert goes to China; Hezbollah is back; Euro righties caucus; Jews get blamed again

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Olmert Goes to China

    Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert traveled to China for talks on the Iranian nuclear threat. Monday's trip also marks 15 years of relations between the countries and seeks to expand Israel's current trade relations. Olmert's family has historic ties to China:...

  • “Unholy Order: Mystery Stories with a Religious Twist”

    By Dennis Gura

    January 25, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    In 1995, nurse, mystery writer and prospective single mom Serita Stevens traveled to Romania to adopt an abandoned 9-month-old baby girl. So appalled was she at the conditions in the orphanage at which she finally met her future daughter, she started Hugs and Hopes--Romania to help...