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  • Mysterious papers bolster Czech search for Jewish assets

    PRAGUE, April 2 (JTA) — Czech Jewish leaders have said the discovery of documents has bolstered the community’s search for assets stolen by the Nazis during World War II. But the Czech Interior Ministry, where Jewish leaders say the papers were found, said no such document exists. Late last month, an employee at the Institute…

  • Czechs set up Holocaust commission

    PRAGUE, May 13 (JTA) — The Czech Republic’s Presidential Office established last week a commission to study the country’s Holocaust era. The seven-person commission includes academics, members of the local Jewish community and representatives of other Czech groups persecuted during the war. “Many organizations have been examining issues related to the Holocaust,” said Jan Munk,…

  • Cemetery in Slovakia desecrated

    PRAGUE, April 9 (JTA) — Vandals destroyed 70 headstones this week at a cemetery in Kosice, in eastern Slovakia. A memorial to the victims of the Holocaust was also damaged Monday, as were the graves of former rabbis. The head of the city’s Jewish community, Ivan Kolin, said the incident was a clear case of…

  • Prague’s Jewish community celebrates opening of first primary school in 50 years

    PRAGUE, June 2 (JTA) — The opening of the first Jewish elementary school to be established in Prague since World War II reflects the ongoing revival of a once-vibrant Jewish community that was all but annihilated during the war. Philanthropist Ronald Lauder was on hand late last month for the opening of the school —…

  • Drawings by Terezin children exhibited at Prague synagogue

    PRAGUE, May 21 (JTA) — A permanent exhibit on Jewish children in Czechoslovakia during the Nazi occupation has opened at the Pinkas Synagogue in Prague’s Jewish Quarter. The exhibit, “Children’s Drawings of Terezin,” includes 200 drawings along with photographs, diaries and toys from the years 1939 to 1944. “This is a story that needs to…

  • European funded schoolbook distorts lives of Slovak Jews

    PRAGUE, June 4 (JTA) — A controversy has erupted over the distribution in Slovak elementary schools of a teacher’s manual that romanticizes the lot of the country’s Jews during World War II. The Slovak Education Ministry, which published and distributed 90,000 copies of the manual earlier this year, and the European Union, which financed the…

  • Czech Republic to compensate Slovak Jews for their looted gold

    PRAGUE, May 27 (JTA) — The Czech government has agreed to compensate Slovak Jews for gold that was taken from them during World War II. Prime Minister Vaclav Klaus’ announcement last week overrides the Czech National Bank’s earlier decision to not offer any compensation. The Czech Finance Ministry must now determine the amount to be…

  • Czech National Bank denies compensation to Slovak Jews

    PRAGUE, Dec. 22 (JTA) — The Czech National Bank will not compensate Slovak Jews for gold that was taken from them during World War II. The bank’s position, which was stated in a message delivered last week to the Association of Slovak Jewish Communities, came in direct response to the association’s request that it be…

  • Skinheads attack Bratislava rabbi

    BRATISLAVA, Slovakia, Dec 11 (JTA) — Three skinheads have been detained in connection with an assault on Bratislava’s Chief Rabbi Baruch Meyers, according to members of the Jewish community in the Slovakian capital. The American-born Meyers was attacked by four skinheads on Dec. 6. The teen-agers’ assault began with verbal abuse and culminated in physical…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Foreign visitors overwhelm Albright family’s hometown

    LETOHRAD, Czech Republic, Feb. 11 (JTA) — Until last week, Magdalena Navratilova spent her time organizing cultural events in this small Bohemian town where she works as an administrator. But since the Washington Post reported earlier this month that U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright had Jewish ancestors here, Navratilova has spent her days showing…