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  • 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…

  • Anne Frank as a martyr doesn’t sit well with Jews

    ROME, June 9 (JTA) — Anne Frank as a martyr in the Catholic Church? Reports that an Italian Catholic Church official wants the Vatican to recognize Anne Frank as part of an “ecumenical commemoration of new martyrs” for the year 2000 have raised Jewish concerns that the church might attempt to appropriate the Dutch Jewish…

  • Court: Harsher sentences for convicted war criminals

    ROME, March 8 (JTA) — In a stunning revision of earlier verdicts, a military appeals court in Rome has sentenced two former Nazi SS officers to life for their part in Italy’s worst World War II massacre. Relatives of victims killed during the 1944 Ardeatine Caves massacre burst into applause Saturday as former SS Capt….

  • Convicted Nazi war criminal to meet with relative of victim

    ROME, Jan. 25 (JTA) — Convicted Nazi war criminal Erich Priebke says he will meet with a relative of one of his victims. Priebke, a former Nazi SS captain, was convicted last year of participating in the execution of 335 Italian men and boys, 75 of them Jews, in March 1944 at the Ardeatine Caves…

  • Adviser sounds out idea of papal trip to Israel, Iraq

    ROME, June 9 (JTA) — Pope John Paul II may soon be walking in the footsteps of Abraham. An aide to the pope is in Iraq to discuss the possibility of the pope’s visiting that country as part of a long anticipated papal tour of Middle East states to mark the start of the new…

  • 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…

  • Suspect in 1944 massacre near Rome found in Austria

    ROME, Jan 26 (JTA) — A former Nazi who may have taken part in Italy’s worst wartime massacre has been discovered in Austria, according to an Italian newspaper report. The Rome daily La Repubblica reported Sunday that 83-year-old Wilheim Schubernig, who reportedly took part in the 1944 Ardeatine Caves massacre of 335 residents of Rome,…

  • Arafat invites pope to visit, calls on Europe to press Israel

    ROME, June 14 (JTA) — Palestinian Authority Chairman Yasser Arafat has called on Europe to use economic pressure to force Israel to accelerate the peace process. Arafat’s call came during an awards ceremony Saturday in Florence, a day after he met with Pope John Paul II at the Vatican and invited the pontiff to visit…

  • 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…