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  • Synagogues Use Rescued Scrolls As Legacy of Lost Czech Communities

    During World War II, the Nazis destroyed Jewish communities across Czechoslovakia and brought Jewish objects to Prague for a planned “museum of an extinct race.” But as a recent conference in Chicago showed, some of these objects are being used for a Jewish people that is, indeed, alive and well. The conference, which was attended… More ▸

  • Czech Students Upset at Decision to Cancel Seminars with Neo-nazis

    A decision to cancel seminars on political extremism that featured representatives of neo-Nazi organizations is creating controversy at the Czech Republic’s most prestigious university. The decision by officials at Charles University in Prague followed a seminar for political science students attended by leading far-right figures — including one man accused by Prague Jewish officials of… More ▸

  • Heir to Stolen Jewish Property Foiled by Czech Restitution Law

    The Reich protector of Bohemia and Moravia liked nothing better than to relax in his favorite wartime residence 15 miles north of here. The Panenske Brezany Castle wasn’t Reinhard Heydrich’s home, however. It had been taken from a Jewish businessman of Czech nationality, Ferdinand Bloch-Bauer, who had escaped from the country before the Nazis invaded…. More ▸

  • Czech Jewish Leaders Battle to Get 300-year-old Synagogue

    Of the historic Jewish sites in the Czech Republic, few can rival those found in the town of Kolin. Among them is a 300-year-old synagogue that has been restored and converted into a cultural center with a distinctly Jewish tone. But visitors anxious to steep themselves in Kolin’s heritage won’t find the cultural center listed… More ▸

  • Czech Officials Vow Crackdown After Neo-nazis Rock Near Prague

    A neo-Nazi rock concert has prompted officials to vow a crackdown on extremist groups using the Czech Republic as a safe haven. Interior Minister Stanislav Gross said the fight against far-right activities now is a “top priority” following a weekend concert near Prague attended by 400 extremists, many of them foreigners who entered the country… More ▸

  • Holocaust Torahs Help Two Shuls Recover the Legacy of Czech Town

    Two U.S. Jewish congregations that share a name now have something else in common: Torah scrolls from the same Jewish community in Czechoslovakia. Conservative Congregation Beth Am in San Diego has had its Torah since 1985, while Reform Congregation Beth Am in suburban Chicago received its Torah this year. Both scrolls pay testament to one… More ▸

  • Czech Actor Takes on Largest Role: Documenting Vanished Jewish Life

    When Czech actor Achab Haidler isn’t performing on stage, he can be found hacking his way through dense undergrowth deep in the countryside armed with a camera and tape recorder. It’s no wildlife expedition he’s on, however. Haidler’s mission is to document in painstaking detail the Czech Republic’s crumbling rural Jewish cemeteries before thousands of… More ▸

  • Neo-nazi Activities on the Net a Focus of German-czech Seminar

    The growth of neo-Nazi activities in Europe has come under the spotlight here. German experts recently visited Prague for a seminar on the topic involving Czech government ministries and Jewish representatives. Tomas Kraus, executive director of the Czech Federation of Jewish Communities, praised the seminar, “Against Right-Wing Extremism in Europe.” “There are of course professional… More ▸

  • Czech Festival Highlights 700 Years of Jewish Culture

    The rich tapestry of Jewish history in Moravia was unveiled in the Czech town of Brno with the opening of one of the biggest cultural events the region has seen in many years. “Jewish Moravia, Jewish Brno” will present a series of concerts, films, theater productions and exhibitions over the next few months to remind… More ▸

  • Czech Officials Turn Stolen Papers over to Dutch Jewish Community

    Czech officials have presented the Dutch state archives with Jewish documents the Nazis stole from Amsterdam during World War II. The seven boxes document Jewish life in the Netherlands from 1796 to 1942 and may have been destined for the museum of European Jewry that Hitler planned to build in Prague after he exterminated Europe’s… More ▸