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  • Hungary holds Holocaust commemoration

    BUDAPEST, April 17 (JTA) – For the first time in Hungary’s history, the nation’s Parliament has hosted a ceremony to commemorate Hungarian Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Soon after an international conference on the Holocaust was held in Stockholm last year, the Hungarian government declared April 16 as the nation’s annual Holocaust Memorial Day. The…

  • Jewish singles converge on Budapest

    BUDAPEST, March 26 (JTA) – They came, they checked each other out, they partied. That was the agenda for some 500 Jewish singles from around the world who came to Budapest earlier this month to search for love – or just have fun for a weekend. Some – like Gabor K. from Munich and a…

  • Jewish leader gets Hungarian medal

    BUDAPEST, Feb. 20 (JTA) — For some Jewish leaders, the battle for restitution continues no matter what the occasion. On Tuesday, Hungarian President Ferenc Madl presented a medal to the secretary-general of the World Jewish Congress, Israel Singer, for his efforts on behalf of Jews around the world. “We highly appreciate your efforts in seeking…

  • Far right party tries to rehabilitate war criminal

    BUDAPEST, Jan. 30 (JTA) – Hungarian Jewish leaders are protesting a call by a far-right party to retry the case of the nation’s executed wartime prime minister. The leaders said they were “deeply shocked” after the Hungarian Justice and Life Party – which holds 12 seats in the nation’s 386-seat Parliament and is known by…

  • U.S.: Austria must pay for property looted from Jews

    WASHINGTON, May 16 (JTA) — The United States is stepping up pressure on Austria to settle a broad range of Holocaust-era issues. The chief U.S. official on Holocaust restitution issues, Stuart Eizenstat, made the American stance clear before traveling to Vienna, where representatives of seven countries are talking about creating an Austrian fund for Holocaust-era…