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  • 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…

  • Jewish heritage sites in Europe focal point of growing attention

    PARIS, Feb. 10 (JTA) — In the Alsace region of eastern France, local tourist authorities cooperate with B’nai B’rith to sponsor Jewish culture festivals and help organize tourist trips to Jewish cemeteries, synagogues, ancient mikvahs and museums. In Britain, a full-scale survey of Jewish heritage sites is being carried out with funding from the national…

  • Czech Jews outraged by book calling for transfer of Judaica

    PARIS, Feb. 8 (JTA) — Czech Jewish leaders are outraged by a book endorsed by Jewish organizations that calls for Nazi-looted Judaica currently housed in the Prague Jewish Museum to be moved to Israel. The book, “The Last Chapter of the Holocaust?” by Itamar Levin, also slanders the museum and insults the reputation of Czech…

  • FOCUS ON ISSUES Italy struggles with memory of fascist-era anti-Semitic legislation

    ROME, Nov. 1 (JTA) — Sixty years ago, fascist Italy enacted anti-Semitic legislation that led the way to the Holocaust in this country. Italy’s public authorities and the country’s Jewish community are marking the anniversary with a series of commemorations, conferences, publications and other activities. They are aimed both at memorializing the Jews who were…

  • Survey: Minority of Poles back crosses erected near Auschwitz

    ROME, Sept. 27 (JTA) — Only a small minority of Poles support the forest of crosses that have sprung up recently near the site of the Auschwitz death camp, according to a Polish opinion poll. While only 15 percent of the respondents back the placing of new crosses outside Auschwitz by radical Catholic militants, about…

  • Jewish group protests plan to beatify Croatian archbishop

    ROME, Sept. 27 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II is set to beatify a controversial archbishop from World War II despite a call by the Simon Wiesenthal Center to put off the ceremony pending an independent historical investigation into the Croatian cleric’s wartime record. The pope is planning to beatify Alojzije Stepinac on Saturday during…

  • Pope stays silent as militants erect more crosses at Auschwitz

    ROME, Aug. 27 (JTA) — Ignoring pleas from Israel’s chief rabbis, the Vatican has decided to stay on the sidelines of the escalating crisis over the placement of more than 150 crosses outside the site of the Auschwitz death camp by Polish Roman Catholic militants. A Vatican spokesperson told JTA that it was unlikely that…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Forest of crosses at Auschwitz sparks tensions in Polish church

    ROME, Aug. 18 (JTA) — A growing forest of more than 130 crosses placed near the gates of Auschwitz has sparked a new crisis in the perpetually strained relations between Poles and Jews. The crisis, however, reflects not only continuing friction between Jews and Polish Catholics over how the site of the former death camp…

  • Israel opposes Vatican plan to name Palestinian archbishop

    ROME, Aug. 9 (JTA) — Israel and the Vatican are locking horns regarding Israel’s attempts to block the nomination of a Palestinian refugee as the new archbishop of Galilee. The conflict represents what could be the most serious friction between the Vatican and Israel since the two states established full diplomatic relations in 1994. The…

  • 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…