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  • 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…

  • 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…