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  • NEWS ANALYSIS Catholic-Jewish dialogue advances amid dismay over Vatican document

    ROME, March 30 (JTA) — Catholic-Jewish relations have made enormous strides over the past three decades — but recent events show that they have far to go. In meetings at the Vatican last week, an international group of Jewish leaders bluntly conveyed their disappointment with a controversial document on the Holocaust recently released by the…

  • Italian Jewish leader ready to step down after 15 years

    ROME, June 14 (JTA) — For 15 years, Tullia Zevi has used her position as the leader of Italy’s Jewish community to speak out forcefully against anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination, both at home and in the international arena. In doing so, the elegant, silver-haired grandmother has become one of Italy’s most prominent and…

  • Leader of Italian rightists makes overtures to Israel

    ROME, March 2 (JTA) — A leader of an Italian party with neo-fascist roots has been busy building bridges to the Jewish world. But his actions have raised questions among some regarding whether his moves have been made in an effort solely to improve his party’s image. At a three-day convention ending Sunday, Gianfranco Fini…

  • Year-old magazine aims to catalyze Polish Jewry

    ROME, March 8 (JTA) — Why is Midrasz magazine different from all other Jewish publications? Because Midrasz is the only Jewish monthly published in Poland — and because this Passover it is celebrating its first birthday. This first year has seen Midrasz grow from an optimistic experiment into a respected journal that publishes provocative new…

  • In annual Easter sermon, pope slams Christian teaching

    ROME, April 13 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II’s Easter message criticized the Christian teaching that Jews bear responsibility for the death of Jesus. But the pope also criticized the Israeli policy of building Jewish settlements in eastern Jerusalem, saying peace is being threatened by “dangerous political decisions.” The self-criticism came during the traditional Way…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Italy’s Jews split over twist in Priebke war crimes case

    ROME, March 9 (JTA) — The case involving former Nazi SS Capt. Erich Priebke has taken more than a few dramatic twists and turns since he was discovered in South America more than a decade ago. The latest act in the lengthy legal drama was played out over the weekend, when an appeals court in…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Impending extradition forces Croatia to grapple with its past

    ROME, May 7 (JTA) — The expected extradition and war crimes trial of a Croatian World War II fascist are putting contemporary Croatia’s claim of democracy firmly on the line. Dinko Sakic, now 76, who has lived in Argentina for half a century, was arrested last month after he reminisced on Argentine television about his…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Poland tries to make amends for 1968 actions against Jews

    ROME, March 16 (JTA) — When Lena Stanley-Clamp was 18 years old, she was denied entrance to university. Her father, a civil engineer in Poland, was fired from his job without explanation. Within a few months, her entire family was stripped of its Polish citizenship and forced to leave the country. They were just a…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Impending extradition forces Croatia to grapple with its past

    ROME, May 11 (JTA) — The expected extradition and war crimes trial of a Croatian World War II fascist are putting contemporary Croatia’s claim of democracy firmly on the line. Dinko Sakic, now 76, who has lived in Argentina for half a century, was arrested last month after he reminisced on Argentine television about his…

  • Italian film on Holocaust draws crowds, controversy

    ROME, Feb. 4 (JTA) — The current film hit by one of Italy’s favorite comic actors is a moving — and, at times, hilarious — fable about love, suffering and survival that is largely set in a Nazi death camp. Since opening a week before Christmas, “La Vita e’ Bella” (Life is Beautiful) has packed…