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  • 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…