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  • Late Croatian strongman courted Jews, revised history

    ROME, Dec. 12 (JTA) — During his decade as president of newly independent Croatia, Franjo Tudjman tried to counter his authoritarian, ardently nationalistic policies by bending over backward to support Jewish causes. Tudjman, a former Communist who fought in the Resistance during World War II and later became Croatia’s founding father, died late Friday at…

  • Genealogy project reunites lost relatives

    WARSAW, Dec. 8 (JTA) — “It’s a new day in the old country for Jewish genealogists,” says Yale Reisner. “With the opening of borders, the opening of archives and the advent of computers and the Internet, tremendous volumes of information unavailable for the last 50 to 80 years have suddenly become accessible. “What we need…

  • Genealogy project reunites lost relatives

    WARSAW, Dec. 8 (JTA) — “It’s a new day in the old country for Jewish genealogists,” says Yale Reisner. “With the opening of borders, the opening of archives and the advent of computers and the Internet, tremendous volumes of information unavailable for the last 50 to 80 years have suddenly become accessible. “What we need…

  • Remembering lost family in Lithuania

    KALVARIJA, Lithuania, Dec. 6 (JTA) — On a frosty November morning, I walked around the two massive, ruined synagogues that form a unique surviving Jewish complex in Kalvarija, a small sleepy town in southern Lithuania near the border with Poland. One of the synagogues was built in the early 18th century. Its roof had fallen…

  • Internet links Jews to past once thought dead

    A name and date in a yellowing ledger. An inscription on a crumbling tombstone. A birth certificate. A walk along a dusty street in an Eastern European village. A faded family photograph. Sometimes a newly discovered relative. These are rich prizes for

  • Internet links Jews to past once thought dead

    CLUJ, Romania, Dec. 5 (JTA) — A name and date in a yellowing ledger. An inscription on a crumbling tombstone. A birth certificate. A walk along a dusty street in an Eastern European village. A faded family photograph. Sometimes a newly discovered relative

  • Israeli-Vatican tensions grow

    ROME, Nov. 28 (JTA) — Israel’s attempt to defuse a Christian-Muslim conflict in Nazareth has soured its relations with the Vatican and called into question a visit to the town by the pope during his millennium pilgrimage to the Holy Land next March. Nazareth is revered by Christians as the boyhood home of Jesus, but…

  • Rome on guard for anti-Semitic attacks

    ROME, Nov. 28 (JTA) – Rome authorities have stepped up surveillance at possible targets of anti-Semitic attack following two bombing incidents linked to neo-Nazis. Security was also increased Sunday at soccer stadiums, where extremist fans often wave banners with anti-Semitic slogans. Players in an important match in Rome wore the slogan “No to Anti-Semitism, Violence…

  • Talks under way for papal pilgrimage to Iraq

    ROME, Nov. 21 (JTA) — With Pope John Paul II’s long-planned visit to the Holy Land confirmed for next March, a Vatican delegation is in Baghdad to finalize details of a papal visit to Iraq. The five-person delegation, headed by Archbishop Carlo Maria Vigano, arrived in Baghdad on Saturday night after a 12-hour, 600-mile journey…

  • Warsaw rabbis quits, highlighting Jewish growing pains

    WARSAW, Nov. 17 (JTA) — Citing irreconcilable differences with the lay leaders who hired him, Rabbi Baruch Rabinowicz has tendered his resignation as rabbi of Warsaw only six months into his two-year contract. His decision focuses light on tensions within the emerging Jewish community in Poland and demonstrates the growing pains of the Jewish revival…