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  • Priebke goes on trial again for his role in Nazi massacre

    ROME, April 15 (JTA) — Former Nazi SS Capt. Erich Priebke went on trial this week to face for a second time war crimes charges related to Italy’s worst World War II atrocity. The retrial opened Monday, when the military court ruled that another ex-Nazi, former SS Maj. Karl Hass, would be tried jointly with…

  • Sarajevo Jewish aid organization awarded international peace prize

    VATICAN CITY, April 15 (JTA) — During his brief visit to the Bosnian capital of Sarajevo over the weekend, Pope John Paul II granted a cash award to the Sarajevo Jewish community’s social aid organization La Benevolencija. In a ceremony Sunday, he presented the Pope John XXIII International Peace Prize to four Sarajevo-based religious humanitarian…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Many across Europe identify with revelations about Albright

    WARSAW, Feb. 9 (JTA) — U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright is far from alone in discovering her Jewish origins as an adult. A 50-year-old Jewish university professor who was born in Poland after World War II said, “When I was small, I went to Protestant church with my nanny. I liked very much going…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Leadership of Poland’s Jews passes to younger generation

    ROME, May 29 (JTA) — The Holocaust survivor generation has ceded the helm of Poland’s Jewish community to a new, younger generation of leaders. It is a move that could prove a landmark in the revival of Jewish life in Poland. Meeting in Warsaw Monday, May 26, the newly elected board of the Union of…

  • American, German perceptions debated at AJCommittee forum

    BERLIN, March 10 (JTA) — A conference sponsored by the American Jewish Committee last week in Berlin became a forum for a wide-ranging discussion on relations among Jews, Germans and Americans half a century after the Holocaust. Jewish and non-Jewish participants, including prominent diplomats, scholars, politicians and journalists, debated topics ranging from lingering mutual stereotypes…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD [Part 1] Serbia’s Jews skirt politics, hoping for improved situatio

    BELGRADE, Jan. 20 (JTA) — At 5 o’clock on a recent Friday evening, a score of Jews gathered in Belgrade’s synagogue for Shabbat services. At the door, one man reached into his pocket and showed a friend a handful of badges bearing slogans from the mass street demonstrations that have been sweeping Belgrade on a…