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  • 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…