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  • Elderly Partisans’ Backers Hoping Lithuania Leader Will Stop Probe

    The president of Lithuania has promised that his country’s investigation into the wartime activities of several elderly Jewish World War II partisans will be dropped, according to an official of the Simon Wiesenthal Center — but can he keep the promise? The promise by Valdas Adamkus is the latest twist in an oddly inverted war… More ▸

  • Estonia Feting Nazi Past Infuriates European Officials, Russian Jews

    Estonia’s commemoration of its pro-German World War II past, including the re-enactment of a Nazi victory, has outraged European officials and the Russian Jewish community. A week ago, veterans of the Waffen SS 20th Estonian Division celebrated the anniversary of the first clashes between Estonian pro-German troops and the Soviet Army in 1941. And on… More ▸

  • Jews Outraged by Construction at Site of Famed Vilnius Cemetery

    Jews inside and outside of Vilnius are outraged at Lithuanian officials who have allowed construction on land believed to cover part of the country’s largest Jewish cemetery. Development of the King Mindaugas apartments is the second building project in two years that authorities have allowed on the area, one of the Lithuanian capital’s prime real… More ▸

  • Estonian Jews Keeping Mum in Fray over Relocation of Soviet Memorial

    Partisans on both sides are trying to draw this country’s tiny Jewish population into the bitter fray over the Estonian government’s decision to relocate a Soviet war memorial. The “Bronze Soldier,” a statue representing a World War II-era Red Army fighter, was moved from its central downtown location to a military cemetery on the outskirts… More ▸

  • Restitution Issue Adds Fuel to Battle over Lithuania Shul

    Here in the former home of the Vilna Gaon, the historic center of the anti-Chasidic Litvak movement, two rabbis have been battling for three years for control of the city’s lone synagogue. Now one of them — Rabbi Sholom Ber Krinsky, a Chabad-Lubavitcher who arrived in 1994 to serve as the community’s rabbi — not… More ▸

  • Leaving the Soviet Era Behind, a Shul Opens in Estonia Capital

    Europe’s last remaining capital without a synagogue has ended that dubious distinction. Amid a crowd of media, dignitaries and hundreds of local Jews, Tallinn opened its first shul since its original synagogue was destroyed in 1944 during a bombing raid against the fleeing Germans. The May 16 opening closed a chapter of Estonian history that… More ▸