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  • Czech Holocaust Program Lets Youngsters Trace Steps of Victims

    Marta Vaneurova takes issue with the way the Holocaust has traditionally been taught in the Czech Republic. “We knew we needed to find a more active way to engage students in the subject. Passive learning, just listening to a lecturer, is too much part of the past practice in our country,” she said. So with… More ▸

  • Better E.u.-israel Ties Possible Czech Takes over Parliament Post

    Earlier this year, the Czech Republic was not yet part of the European Union and Jana Hybaskova had yet to become a politician. Fast forward a few months and the former diplomat is taking up one of the key European Parliament roles affecting relations between the European Union and Israel. Elected to the Parliament in… More ▸

  • A Breakdown of Nazi-looted Art Held by State in Czech Republic

    The following is a breakdown of art stolen by the Nazis that is in state possession in the Czech Republic. Number of objects listed on Culture Ministry Web site, www.restitution-art.cz: 3,700. Number of objects returned to heirs of Nazi victims since passage of the Holocaust Act in 2000: 800. An object, such as a porcelain… More ▸

  • Anti-semitism Charges in Czech Choir Have a Jewish Tenor Singing the Blues

    Charges that the leader of Prague’s philharmonic choir leader pursued a vendetta against a tenor with Jewish roots who objected to singing in a Mass are rocking the city’s musical world. According to minutes from an audio recording of a choir meeting held earlier this year, Danek complained in front of other choir members that… More ▸

  • Czech Woman Who Aided Jews Should Be Honored, Prague Jews Say

    Jewish leaders here want to honor a Czech woman who risked her life to help Jewish slave laborers during the Holocaust. Helena Vovsova smuggled letters and packages to and from family members of half a dozen Jewish boys who, against their will, had been drafted to cut down trees on the estate of the widow… More ▸

  • Despite New Leads, Czech Officials to Shelve Inquiry into 1967 Death

    Czech officials plan to shelve an investigation into the mysterious death of a top American Jewish official nearly 40 years ago, despite suspicions that he may have been murdered. The Office for the Documentation and Investigation of Communist Crimes is considering dropping the case of Charles Jordan for lack of evidence — even though officials… More ▸

  • Czech Jewish Official Brings Kerry News of His Holocaust Dead

    It hasn’t been long since Sen. John Kerry learned that he had relatives who were killed in the Holocaust. Now Kerry, the presumptive Democratic nominee for president, is getting documents about the last days of his paternal grandmother’s brother and sister. During a visit to New York on Sunday, the chairman of Prague’s Jewish community,… More ▸

  • Czech Jewish Leaders Cry Foul After Firing of Head of Nazi Victims’ Group

    Czech Jewish leaders are upset that the chairman of a support group for Nazi victims was fired for writing a controversial letter. The Czech Association of Liberated Political Prisoners, a support group for Nazi victims, said this week that it had dismissed its chairman, Oldrich Stransky, for writing a letter supporting compensation for ethnic Germans… More ▸