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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Poland celebrates dialogue during annual ‘Day of Judaism

    ROME, Jan 19 (JTA) — Poland has marked its second annual “Day of Judaism.” As part of the event, designed to foster interfaith dialogue and education, a number of Polish churches included the day’s theme in their services, and 1 million postcards bearing a photograph of Pope John Paul II together with Rome’s Chief Rabbi…

  • Priest in Poland under fire for selling anti-Semitic books

    NEW YORK, Jan. 12 (JTA) — A Polish priest who has been suspended in the past for repeated anti-Semitic statements is in hot water once again. Father Henryk Jankowski was criticized by several bishops for selling anti-Semitic publications at his parish church. Jankowski reportedly moved the bookstand from the church to his residence next door…