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  • Czech synagogue renewal key part of communal revival

    PRAGUE, Feb. 22 (JTA) — It is a tale of two synagogues. One is being restored to its former glory; the other is being rebuilt on the ashes of one of Central Europe’s largest synagogues. Closed for decades since World War II, the Great Synagogue of Pilsen was rededicated earlier this month after undergoing some…

  • Czech Jews receive funds after some months of delays

    PRAGUE, May 28 (JTA) — Eduard Belas spent three years during World War II in labor and concentration camps in Slovakia. Now with money from a joint Czech-German fund for victims of Nazism, Belas, 78, believes that “our suffering has been acknowledged to some degree.” The fund was established in January 1997 by the two…

  • German reversal allows fund aiding Czech survivors to open

    PRAGUE, Dec. 30 (JTA) — A sudden reversal by the German government has enabled a fund to aid victims of Nazism to begin operating as originally planned. The Czech Republic and Germany agreed earlier this year to launch the Fund for the Future on Jan. 1, 1998. But earlier this month Germany said it would…

  • Germany postpones launching of fund to aid Czech survivors

    PRAGUE, Dec. 23 (JTA) — At least 500 Holocaust survivors in the Czech Republic have died since the German government agreed earlier this year to establish a fund to aid victims of Nazism. The dwindling number of Jewish and other survivors is behind the anger voiced by Czech President Vaclav Havel and local Jewish leaders…

  • Albright traces family’s roots on quiet visit to Czech Republic

    PRAGUE, Sept. 2 (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright has secretly returned to her roots. Albright spent several days in the Czech Republic this week for a private visit in which she visited at least one Jewish site and some of the towns that her relatives once inhabited. Raised as a Roman Catholic…

  • Czech Holocaust survivors doubt Germany will offer compensation

    PRAGUE, Aug. 26 (JTA) — For Vera Schimmerlingova, the possibility that Germany may finally pay individual compensation to Holocaust survivors in the former Soviet bloc is too little, too late. “I am sick and tired” of discussions about compensation, said Schimmerlingova, a 72-year-old Czech Jew who survived the concentration camps at Auschwitz and Theresienstadt. “We…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Albright: Names of grandparents `forever seared into my heart’

    PRAGUE, July 14 (JTA) — For U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, all doubt has disappeared. Like the names of her grandparents who perished in the Holocaust, her Jewish roots are carved in stone. And at least for the Czech Jews who accompanied her on her historic visit here this week, any doubts that she…

  • Skewed book on Holocaust to remain in Slovak schools

    PRAGUE, July 10 (JTA) — A teacher’s manual romanticizing the lot of Slovak Jews during World War II will not be withdrawn from Slovakian schools. Ondrej Nemcok, Slovakia’s deputy minister of education, said this week that “History of Slovakia for Slovaks” would remain in school libraries, though it would not be used as an educational…

  • Slovak Jews protest official support for Holocaust manual

    PRAGUE, June 22 (JTA) — Slovak Jewish leaders have accused their government of being sympathetic to the Nazi puppet regime that governed during World War II. The state’s sympathies are evident in its support of a teachers manual that romanticizes the lot of the country’s Jews during the war, said B’nai B’rith and the Association…

  • Holocaust survivor supports prize for Czech schoolchildren

    () PRAGUE, June 9 (JTA) — Fifty-five years after being interned at Terezin, Holocaust survivor Hana Greenfield returned recently to present awards to Czech schoolchildren. The 70-year-old Israeli handed out cash prizes last month to a dozen students ranging in age from six to 16 for their paintings and essays on intolerance and anti-Semitism. The…