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  • Argentine Magazine Reports Nazi Past of Justice Minister

    An Argentine magazine has reported that Rodolfo Barra, the country’s minister of justice, was a member of an anti-Semitic extremist group known for violence. The revelation this week by Noticias was based on a black and white photograph showing a group of teen-agers around a table with their right arms held out in a Nazi-style… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines: Church-state Concerns Increase As Congress Winds Down Session

    As the 104th Congress winds down, several pending measures are worrying church-state watchdogs. A handful of social reform bills contain provisions that Jewish activists say threaten religious liberty and constitutional rights. “Taken all together, it amounts to a substantial quiet revolution” against the constitutional separation of church and state, said Marc Stern, co-director of the… More ▸

  • German Psychologist Offers Payment to Czech Survivors

    A German psychologist has met with Jewish community representatives in a one-man mission to offer some compensation to Czech victims of Nazism. Thomas Thun offered to pay what he termed a “symbolic pension” of about $70 a month to a Czech Holocaust survivor. The offer came during meetings with members of the Federation of Jewish… More ▸

  • Interest Rates Rise As Israel Vows to Make Cuts in Its Budget

    The Jewish state’s new government will make cuts in its budget but will not raise taxes in order to reduce the budget deficit, Jacob Frenkel, governor of the Bank of Israel, said this week. Frenkel’s announcement Monday coincided with the bank’s announcement that it would raise July interest rates by 1.5 percent. Frenkel, who was… More ▸

  • Jewish Agency Still Working on Accreditation in Russia

    Russian authorities have refused to renew the Jewish Agency for Israel’s accreditation, claiming that some technical problems remain in the agency’s registration documents. The Jewish Agency submitted its registration application in May. The agency’s license was suspended in April and its activities were curtailed in several Russian cities. Russia had promised to renew the accreditation… More ▸

  • Le Pen Seeks Retribution Against France for Fining Him

    French extreme-right leader Jean-Marie Le Pen has said he asked the Strasbourg-based European Court of Human Rights to punish France for fining him $230,000 for calling the Nazi gas chambers “a detail of history.” Le Pen, who heads the National Front, was first convicted in 1990, when a French court ruled that he had cast… More ▸

  • Minister: More Jerusalem Housing

    Israel’s deputy housing minister has promised to push for more building in Jerusalem, including the construction of a controversial housing project bordering the Palestinian autonomous areas. Meir Porush, the deputy housing minister and United Torah Judaism party member, said he would try to clear the way for immediate work to begin on housing projects. This… More ▸

  • Pope Honors 2 German Priests Who Died Opposing Nazi Regime

    Pope John Paul II told German Jewish leaders this week that too few Roman Catholics had resisted the Nazi regime. Making his first visit to Germany since reunification, the pope met in Berlin with members of the Central Council of Jews in Germany after he beatified two German priests who perished during World War II… More ▸

  • Priebke Lawyer Tells Writer Judges Assured Nazi’s Freedom

    The lawyer for Erich Priebke has told an Italian author that he had assurances from judges that the former SS captain would be acquitted. Priebke, 82, is on trial before a military court here for his part in the Nazis’ 1944 execution of 335 civilians, some 75 of them Jews, in the Ardeatine Caves south… More ▸

  • Stolen Judaica Returns to Budapest

    The last two pieces of Judaica stolen from the Budapest Jewish Museum in December 1993 have been returned. The 17th-century seder bowls were handed over last week to the museum’s director in the southern Hungarian town of Szeged, near the Romanian border, Gusztav Zoltai, executive director of the Hungarian Jewish community, said in an interview…. More ▸