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  • Jewish leader in Poland loses job in ‘financial irregularities’ scandal

    ROME, April 25 (JTA) — The Jewish community in Poland is being wracked by a scandal that has forced the country’s umbrella Jewish organization to fire its treasurer and downgrade the status of the Jewish communities in Gdansk and Poznan. It involves what the Union of Jewish Communities in Poland termed “very serious financial irregularities”…

  • Menorah erected at Vatican site; Pope receives miniature version

    VATICAN CITY, April 14 (JTA) — A four-foot tall, six-branched menorah designed to commemorate the 6 million Jews who died in the Holocaust was permanently placed Tuesday in a garden that belongs to the Vatican. A 12-inch miniature of the menorah, designed by Israeli sculptor Aaron Bezalel, was presented to Pope John Paul II at…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Yugoslav Jews send e-mails to describe the crisis they face

    ROME, April 12 (JTA) — A former leader of the Yugoslav Jewish community plays tennis with a group of friends two times a week in Belgrade. When they play now, the men wear bull”s-eye targets pinned to their backs — a symbol worn by Yugoslav citizens protesting NATO bombs. Last week they had to cut…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Yugoslav Jews send e-mails to describe the crisis they face

    ROME, April 11 (JTA) — A former leader of the Yugoslav Jewish community plays tennis with a group of friends two times a week in Belgrade. When they play now, the men wear bull”s-eye targets pinned to their backs — a symbol worn by Yugoslav citizens protesting NATO bombs. Last week they had to cut…

  • Polish professor fired after writing Holocaust-denial book

    ROME, April 11 (JTA) — A scandal has erupted in Poland surrounding a new book whose publication represents what some see as the first serious case of Holocaust-denial in the country. A popular professor at the University of Opole in southern Poland, Dariusz Ratajczak, was suspended from his teaching post following protests over his book,…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Balkan crisis evokes images from the Holocaust and Exodus

    BUDAPEST, April 5 (JTA) — The NATO attack on Yugoslavia, and the horrific Kosovo refugee crisis that now affects several Balkan states, have sent echoes of both the Holocaust and the Exodus from Egypt resounding through the world this Passover. Jews themselves play only an incidental role in the current conflict, but the symbolism of…

  • Compromise reached over plans to build at Warsaw deportation site

    ROME, March 30 (JTA) — Authorities in Warsaw have successfully resolved a controversy over a planned housing complex on the site where 300,000 Jews were deported during the Holocaust. Warsaw’s mayor will turn over another plot of land for the proposed complex, leaving the area around Umschlagplatz free for the possible construction of a memorial,…

  • Controversy erupting over plans to build at Warsaw deportation site

    ROME, March 29 (JTA) — Polish Jewish groups are denouncing plans to build houses at a site in Warsaw from which hundreds of thousands of Jews were deported to their deaths in Treblinka during World War II. At a news conference in Warsaw last Friday held by several Jewish organizations, Feliks Tych, the director of…

  • Unhealed wounds opening up as Italy marks wartime massacre

    ROME, March 24 (JTA) — Controversy stalked this year’s commemoration of Italy’s worst World War II massacre. As part of the annual commemoration, Italian President Oscar Luigi Scalfaro, Rome Mayor Francesco Rutelli and other top government officials marked the anniversary of the March 24, 1944, Ardeatine Caves massacre with a solemn ceremony Wednesday morning presided…

  • Jewish groups to hold summit as Vatican questions dialogue

    ROME, March 23 (JTA) — American Jewish groups involved in interfaith dialogue will hold a “summit” next month, following criticism by a leading Vatican official that “aggressive” anti-church attitudes by some Jewish organizations are threatening Jewish-Catholic relations. The summit was called after Cardinal Edward Cassidy, president of the Vatican Commission for Religious Relations With the…