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  • Israel Honors Czech Man Who Rescued Jew from Nazis

    A railroad worker who risked his life to rescue a stranger from the Nazis in 1944 was honored last week at the Israeli Embassy here. Ladislav Holub, who died in 1980 at the age of 66, took Ruzena Libicka into his home in the Czech village of Pecny after she had spent a year on… More ▸

  • Around the Jewish World: Czech Jews Rebury Remains in Saga of Burial Ground Dispute

    A dispute surrounding one of Europe’s oldest Jewish burial sites in Prague has taken a dramatic twist, as the remains of 157 bodies removed from the site for research were privately reburied here. Last Friday’s reburial ceremony, conducted by Czech Chief Rabbi Karol Sidon, bypassed a major sticking point in negotiations between the local Jewish… More ▸

  • Hadassah Lieberman’s Family History Creates Confusion in Czech Republic

    Czech magazine is calling into question details about the Jewish background of the Czech-born wife of Democratic vice-presidential candidate Joseph Lieberman. Tyden magazine last week claimed that international media, and the White House, had published inaccurate information about Hadassah Lieberman’s family history. Lieberman herself, however, disputes most of the same claims. Among claims disputed by… More ▸

  • U.S. Rabbi Demands Apology from Czech Official for Article

    A leading American rabbi is calling on the Czech minister of culture to apologize for writing an “anti-Semitic and outrageous” article in a Czech newspaper on the controversy surrounding a medieval Jewish cemetery in Prague. Rabbi Marc Schneier, president of the North American Boards of Rabbis, said the article in the daily Pravo under the… More ▸

  • Czech Chief Rabbi Denounces Jewish Burial Site Protesters

    The chief rabbi of the Czech Republic has launched a scathing attack on Orthodox Jews from abroad who are protesting plans to build above one of Europe’s oldest Jewish burial sites. Rabbi Karol Sidon told JTA that the protesters are “not decent people” and said he has received phone calls from Jews threatening him and… More ▸

  • Construction Near Czech Cemetery Becomes the Focus of New Protests

    Prague’s Jewish community is bracing itself for a fresh wave of protests by international Jewish groups determined to halt construction above one of Europe’s oldest Jewish burial sites. In a sign of the wide international attention the issue is getting, hundreds of Jewish protesters demonstrated outside the Czech Consulate in New York on Monday to… More ▸