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  • 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…

  • Czech Jews applaud German plan to compensate survivors

    PRAGUE, March 5 (JTA) — The Czech Jewish community has applauded the German government’s recent decision to give direct compensation to the victims of Nazism in Central and Eastern Europe. About 9,000 Czech citizens, including 2,000 Jews, could receive money from the approximately $47 million fund now being prepared by the German government. “Survivors have…

  • Czech Jewish groups get role in evolving ties with Germany

    PRAGUE, Jan. 23 (JTA) — The Czech-German reconciliation pact that was signed this week has been denounced by several organizations on the grounds that it all but pardons crimes committed by Nazi Germany on Czech soil. But Jewish opposition to the declaration subsided last Friday, when Czech Foreign Minister Josef Zieleniec granted Czech Jewish groups…

  • German compensation omits survivors in Czech Republic

    PRAGUE, March 16 (JTA) — The Czech Jewish community’s enthusiasm about Germany’s recent decision to give direct compensation to the victims of Nazism in Central and Eastern Europe has turned to bitter disappointment. Compensation from the approximately $47 million German fund will be given to survivors only in countries that do not have bilateral agreements…