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  • Czech minister under fire for questioning existence of Roma concentration camp

    PRAGUE (JTA) — Czech Republic Deputy Prime Minister Andrej Babis has come under criticism for questioning aspects of the wartime genocide of the Roma people. Speaking in the northern Czech town of Varnsdorf on Thursday, Babis, who also serves as the country’s finance minister, disputed the existence of a concentration camp where hundreds of Roma died…

  • Atlas labeling Jerusalem as Israel’s capital to be pulled from Czech schools

    PRAGUE (JTA) — A school atlas that labels Jerusalem as the capital of Israel will no longer be used in Czech schools, following a complaint by the Palestinian ambassador in Prague to the Czech Education Ministry. The atlas, first published by the Czech firm Shocart in 2004, was approved by the ministry for use in…

  • US envoy’s son has bar mitzvah at his ancestors’ shul in Prague

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The U.S. Ambassador to the Czech Republic, Andrew Schapiro, celebrated his son’s bar mitzvah in the same Prague synagogue that his ancestors attended before the Holocaust. The service for 13-year-old Alex Schapiro took place on Aug. 20 in the Spanish Synagogue, which was built for a Reform congregation and is now part…

  • Czech tour bus owner removing Auschwitz design from vehicle following uproar

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The owner of a Czech tour bus that advertised the Auschwitz extermination camp as an emotion-packed holiday destination will remove the vehicle’s controversial design showing oversized pictures of inmates from the Nazi extermination camp and a massive yellow Star of David. The action comes following an outcry from Czech Holocaust survivors and…

  • Czech Jewish community calls Terezin memorial addresses anti-German, nationalist, xenophobic

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The Czech Republic’s Jewish community has condemned some of the addresses delivered at a memorial ceremony at the former Nazi concentration camp in Terezin as anti-German, nationalist and xenophobic. In a statement released Monday, the Federation of the Czech Jewish communities denounced the keynote address delivered earlier that day by the head…

  • Extremist Czech politician charged with crimes against humanity

    PRAGUE (JTA) — The Czech Police have filed charges of crimes against humanity against Adam Bartos, the leader of the extremist far-right National Democracy political party. Bartos is also charged with defamation, incitement to hatred, and genocide denial, the police announced on Friday. If convicted, he faces up to three years in prison. Bartos, 36,…

  • Security to be tightened at Jewish sites in Prague

    (JTA) — Security at Jewish sites in Prague and across the Czech Republic will be tightened due to increased terror concerns. On Tuesday, Czech officials and Jewish groups signed a memorandum on cooperation on security issues. The Jewish groups — the Federation of the Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic along with the Chabad center…

  • Brno Jewish community unveils new Torah scroll

    The dedication ceremony on Sunday marked the completion of an over one-year-long renovation of the synagogue in the country’s second largest city.

  • EU’s new anti-Semitism chief prioritizing online hate, implementing laws

    Katharina von Schnurbein, the first person to hold the newly created post, said she will contact Jewish communities and organizations to learn their concerns and possible solutions.

  • 2 far-right Czech politicians charged with supporting century-old blood libel

    The National Democracy leaders could be sentenced to three years in prison.