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  • Czech Republic to Improve Eu-israel Ties

    The government of Czechoslovakia says it will work to improve ties between Israel and the European Union. The Czech Republic will assume the presidency of the European Union in January and will ask EU members to approve the effort, Israel Radio reported Monday, citing comments by Czech Foreign Minister Karl Schwarzenberg. The Palestinian Authority, as… More ▸

  • Czech Cellist Spreads Works of Little-known Jewish Composers

    Jewish composers from pre-World War II Czechoslovakia have a new champion. Thanks to an ebullient young cellist, lesser-known works by little-remembered maestros like Jaromir Weinberger are getting their due in the land of their birth. Frantisek Brikcius launched the Weinberger Tour in mid-April at Prague’s Spanish Synagogue. The performance series by Brikcius and pianist Tomas… More ▸

  • Blind Czech Singer Touching Audiences with Jewish Music

    As she croons the Yiddish love song “In der Finster,” or “In the Darkness,” the audience cannot but be swept away by the real darkness that envelops Kateryna Kolcova-Tlusta. Kolcova-Tlusta, likely the only Ukrainian female singer in the Czech Republic to focus exclusively on Jewish music, has been blind since early childhood, the result of… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World Non-jewish Group Promotes Jewish Heritage of Czech Town

    Marie Leskovjanova’s father is not speaking to her ever since she named her dog Chaverah, or “friend” in Hebrew. Leskovjanova, one of the founders of the Association of Friends of Jewish Culture in Mikulov, explains that not everyone understands her passion for her town’s Jewish heritage. “My dad is worried that somehow I am bringing… More ▸

  • Gypsies, Jews Fight Whitewashing of Ww Ii-era Camp in Czech Republic

    As Holocaust Memorial Day approaches next week, it is not only Jews who must confront those who wish to deny the horrors of the Holocaust. It was “just a labor camp” and “we didn’t do it” are two of the mantras voiced at former Holocaust victims by the fringe nationalist party in the Czech Republic… More ▸