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  • Cemetery Team Battles Elements to Record Czech Jewish Ancestors

    A man planning to convert to Judaism has launched an Internet site to help people all over the world track their Czech Jewish ancestry. As part of this effort, Jaroslav Achab Haidler has combed dozens of Jewish cemeteries in the Czech regions of Bohemia and Moravia in order to compile a complete record of burial… More ▸

  • Jews and Government Officials Join for Festival Celebrating Czech Jews

    A festival of Czech- and German-Jewish culture has opened in Prague with a ceremony remembering the transports of Czech Jews to Nazi concentration camps. Representatives of the Czech government and embassy officials from Slovakia, Austria, Italy, Hungary, Poland and Germany held a minute’s silence at the June 27 ceremony in Prague’s Holesovice district, from where… More ▸

  • Czech Teens Flock to Project That Traces Nation’s Jewish Past

    Teen-agers across the Czech Republic have been making a valuable contribution to the country’s Jewish history by uncovering previously undocumented information about Holocaust victims from their own neighborhoods. When the Jewish Museum in Prague launched the “Lost Neighbors” project in 1999, it asked students to help track down information about Czech Jews who had perished… More ▸

  • Congregations from Abroad to Remember Czech Deportees

    Jews from six congregations around the world plan to gather soon in a Czech town to remember a transport that has become known as the Lost Train of Kolin. The train left the town of Bohusovice, near the Terezin transit camp, on June 13, 1942. No record exists of its final destination or the fate… More ▸

  • Jewish Museum Sues Czech Ministry over Collection of Nazi-looted Artworks

    Prague’s Jewish Museum is suing the Czech Ministry of Culture over its decision to restrict a U.S. citizen’s rights to artwork he is claiming under the country’s restitution laws. The museum is challenging the ministry’s decision to declare part of an art collection once owned by Czech Jew Emil Freund — and now in the… More ▸

  • Pebbles Fashioned into Monument to Czech Jews Who Died in Shoah

    The 60th anniversary of the Nazi deportation of the Jews here has been commemorated by inscribing thousands of pebbles with the victims’ names. Several local citizens, and even some relatives of the victims, turned out to write the names of those who died on 2,600 small stones. They finished laying the pebbles last Friday in… More ▸

  • Former Czech Wartime Camp Being Used As Site of Porno Film

    Czech Jewish leaders are shocked about reports that the former wartime transit camp of Terezin is being used to shoot scenes for a pornographic film. The Czech tabloid Super reported Saturday that the film, starring top Czech porn star Robert Rosenberg, is set at the end of World War II and will tell the story… More ▸

  • Czech Jews Wonder What Skeletons Are Lurking in Communist-era Closet

    Czech Jewry’s ghosts from the former Communist regime are set to resurface after Czech legislators voted to lift the lid on secret police archives. Files that will be opened those from a notorious secret police operation code-named Spider. During the operation, which ran in the 1950s and later in the 1970s and 1980s, Czechoslovak Jews… More ▸

  • Czech Prime Minister Denies He Compared Arafat and Hitler

    Czech Prime Minister Milos Zeman has denied comparing Yasser Arafat to Hitler during an interview with an Israeli newspaper. Zeman, who sparked worldwide controversy after his published comments appeared this week in Ha’aretz, said on Tuesday that his comments had been misinterpreted. Zeman said in a statement that he had never made an Arafat-Hitler comparison…. More ▸