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  • Vienna mayor gives go-ahead to disputed Holocaust memorial

    ROME, March 4 (JTA) — When a controversial Holocaust monument is finally built in the heart of Vienna, it will be the city’s first memorial dedicated solely to Jewish victims of the Shoah. Vienna’s mayor, Michael Haupl, announced Tuesday that the city, which is funding the project, would go ahead with construction on Judenplatz —…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Milan erects monument to WWII political deportees

    ROME, Jan. 28 (JTA) — A Roman Catholic cardinal joined Milan’s chief rabbi in a ceremony unveiling the first public monument to the Jews and anti-fascists deported from the Italian city to Nazi death camps. The memorial plaque commemorates the 1,580 people, including 1,237 Jews, who were deported during World War II for political reasons….

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…