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  • Skinheads arrested in Czech town

    KOZOLUPY, Czech Republic, Nov. 21 (JTA) – A Czech human rights group has filed a complaint against local police for not intervening to end a concert organized by a neo-Nazi group. The Civic Solidarity and Tolerance Movement said the Nov. 10 concert was organized by a neo-Nazi organization called Blood and Honor. The event violated…

  • Skinheads arrested in Czech town

    KOZOLUPY, Czech Republic, Nov. 21 (JTA) – A Czech human rights group has filed a complaint against local police for not intervening to end a concert organized by a neo-Nazi group. The Civic Solidarity and Tolerance Movement said the Nov. 10 concert was organized by a neo-Nazi organization called Blood and Honor. The event violated…

  • Czech survivors send letter, demand money from Germany

    PRAGUE, Nov. 19 (JTA) – A group of Czech Holocaust survivors has sent a letter to the German government denouncing its refusal to provide individual compensation to survivors in the Czech Republic. In a Nov. 12 letter, the Petitions Committee of Czech Holocaust Victims called on German legislators to fulfill their “international, legal and moral…

  • Czech government to establish guidelines for teaching religion

    PRAGUE, Nov. 18 (JTA) – In the wake of a teacher’s anti-Semitic lecture, Czech state schools will be receiving new guidelines on teaching religion. Earlier this month, 25 seniors at Prague’s Na Prazacce High School sent a letter to Czech Chief Rabbi Karol Sidon asserting that their teacher, Vera Vesecka, said Jewish suffering, including the…

  • Czech minister restricts access to country’s files on Nazi units

    PRAGUE, Oct. 26 (JTA) – The Czech Defense Ministry has come under fire for a decision to restrict access to its files about the wartime activities of Nazi Germany’s SS units. Defense Minister Miroslav Vyborny has been asked by government officials to justify the action after unnamed critics in the Czech press denounced it as…

  • Czech Holocaust survivors press for individual German payments

    PRAGUE, Oct. 7 (JTA) – Czech Holocaust survivors are pressing on with their campaign to obtain German compensation for their wartime suffering. “If Germany does not award individual compensation this year, most of us will probably not live to see it,” stated a letter recently presented by survivors to the German Embassy here. On Monday,…

  • Restored Jewish cemetery in Czech Republic desecrated

    PRAGUE, Sept. 28 (JTA) – A historic Czech Jewish cemetery has been seriously damaged by vandals. The attack came just one week after the cemetery had been restored by a German benevolence group. Petr Bacharach, head of the Jewish Religious Community in Ostrava, said last week he was convinced that the Sept. 16 desecration of…

  • Slovak premier seeks to assure Jewish leaders on anti-Semitism

    PRAGUE, Sept. 22 (JTA) – Despite assurances from Slovak Prime Minister Vladimir Meciar that anti-Semitism is not a threat in Slovakia, local Jewish leaders remain worried. At a meeting earlier this month with Meciar, B’nai B’rith President Tommy Baer expressed concern about the government’s refusal to withdraw from state schools a teacher’s manual romanticizing the…

  • Czech Jews call on Germany to bring Nazi criminal to trial

    PRAGUE, Sept. 14 (JTA) – The recent revelation that a wanted Nazi war criminal is living comfortably in a Munich nursing home has evoked protests from Czech Jewish leaders, one of whom has accused German authorities of having little interest in bringing such criminals to justice. Jewish leaders have joined Czech politicians in calling on…