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  • Jews mend Kosovo’s spirit

    Having endured 10 years of oppression and the largest expulsion in Europe since the Holocaust, it is not uncommon to hear the Albanians of Kosovo draw parallels between themselves and Jews. So it was little surprise that Jews would be among those lending

  • Jews mend Kosovo’s spirit

    Having endured 10 years of oppression and the largest expulsion in Europe since the Holocaust, it is not uncommon to hear the Albanians of Kosovo draw parallels between themselves and Jews. So it was little surprise that Jews would be among those lending

  • Kosovo’s Jews battle for survival

    PRIZREN, Yugoslavia, Nov. 28 (JTA) — “Ah, the ironies of life,” says Votim Demiri. His mother escaped from the train that carried her family to death at Bergen-Belsen. Later, she became renowned for fighting with the Yugoslav partisans against the Nazis. Fast forward to this spring. A Serb offensive in Kosovo forced Demiri, the president…

  • Old lie about Jews gets new shelf life in Hungary

    Hungary is the newest battlefield in a century-old war against a pamphlet that has incited anti-Semitic hatred the world over. “The Protocols of the Elders of Zion,” first penned in the 1890s to expose a supposed Jewish conspiracy to dominate the world, i

  • Budapest yeshiva stands alone amid assimilation

    BUDAPEST, Nov. 3 (JTA) — Mate Koves is proud that his great-great-grandfather and great-great-uncle were renowned Orthodox rabbis. One day Koves’ descendants may feel the same way. The first Hungarian student at the year-old Chabad Lubavitch yeshiva in Budapest, Koves is on track to be the first Orthodox rabbi born and ordained in post-Holocaust Hungary….

  • Jews say Hungary whitewashes past

    BUDAPEST, Oct. 31 (JTA) — The Hungarian government has dropped plans to revamp its planned exhibit at Auschwitz after protests that the exhibit dodged the issue of Hungarian anti-Semitism. Jewish leaders here rejected the proposed text for the exhibit, which lays the blame for the Holocaust in Hungary — in which roughly 600,000 Jews were…

  • TEN YEARS AFTER THE WALL In the heart of Europe, camp builds Jewish pride, enthusiasm

    SZARVAS, Hungary, Aug. 30 (JTA) — For the past 10 summers, a geyser of Jewish pride has erupted in this small town deep in the Hungarian plains. It is an event unique in Central and Eastern Europe where — after half a century of fascism, war, Holocaust and communism — Jewish pride had become an…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Yugoslav Jews decide whether it’s safe to go home, fear backlash

    BUDAPEST, June 21 (JTA) — With peace coming to Yugoslavia, now comes the tough part for many of the roughly 500 Yugoslav Jews who fled the country during the three-month conflict over Kosovo: Return home or settle abroad? For some of the 130 refugees in Budapest, the decision was a no-brainer. Once it became apparent…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Yugoslav Jews living in Budapest worry over whether to return home

    BUDAPEST, June 7 (JTA) — As NATO officials attempt to get their Yugoslav counterparts to agree to their terms for a cease-fire, the Yugoslav Jews who sought haven here are beginning to contemplate what life will be like if they return home. For many of them, there is the looming concern of how they will…

  • Jesuit priest champions cause of Jews at site of Auschwitz camp

    KRAKOW, Poland, May 12 (JTA) — Though a longtime Jesuit priest, Stanislaw Musial says it was only later in life that he saw the light. It was in 1985, a year after a Carmelite convent was built adjoining the site of the Auschwitz concentration camp. Musial, in his comments to a Jewish journalist from Belgium,…