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  • Concern Raised over Reports of Anti-semitism in Estonia

    Troubling reports of widespread anti-Semitism in the newly independent republic of Estonia has prompted a Jewish protest to the Estonian Parliament. Shimon Samuels, European director of the Simon Wiesenthal Center, wrote to Arnold Rutter, chairman of the Presidium of the Estonian Supreme Soviet, warning these incidents “not only threaten the Jewish community but also the… More ▸

  • Estonian Jews Disturbed by Drive to Rehabilitate Nazi Collaborators

    Jewish community leaders in this newly independent republic are expressing concern about a stepped-up campaign by World War II veterans to rehabilitate those who collaborated with the Nazis in wartime crimes against Jews and others. A statement issued here by G. Gramberg, chairman of the Jewish Cultural Society in Estonia, and D. Slomka, chairman of… More ▸

  • Israel Recognizes Independence of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania

    Taking its cue once again from Washington, Israel announced Wednesday that it was extending diplomatic recognition to the three Baltic republics of Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania. The statement proffering recognition was made by Foreign Minister David Levy, who spoke to reporters after meeting with visiting Italian Foreign Minister Gianni De Michelis. Levy said Israel’s decision… More ▸

  • Visiting Estonian Officials Sign an Exchange Agreement with Israel

    The Soviet Baltic republic of Estonia has signed an agreement with Israel for an exchange of experts, beginning next year. The pact, believed to be the first of its kind with a Soviet republic, was announced by the Estonian first deputy minister of agriculture, Vello Lind, as a 12-member Estonian delegation wound up an official… More ▸

  • Revival of Jewish Life Reported in Soviet Republic of Estonia

    A revival of Jewish life is taking place in the Soviet republic of Estonia, according to a Dutch specialist in Eastern European affairs. Writing Saturday in the daily Het Parool, the specialist, Dick Verkijk, reported that a Jewish cultural society, purportedly the first in the Soviet Union, was established in Estonia and officially registered on… More ▸

  • Former Commander of a Nazi Prison in Estonia is Ordered Deported

    An Immigration and Naturalization Judge has ordered the deportation of Karl Linnas, 63, of Greenvale, Long Island, on charges he commanded a Nazi prison in Tartu in occupied Estonia during World War II. Judge Howard Cohen affirmed three previous federal court findings that Linnas has served as an officer in an Estonian partisan group which… More ▸

  • Soviet Union Restores House of Worship to Talinn Jews After World Protests

    World public opinion, outraged at the confiscation of the only synagogue in Talinn, capital of Estonia, has forced Soviet authorities there to restore to the Jews of that city a place where they can worship, it was learned here today. However, the site is a small, wooden hut on the outskirts of Talinn, which still… More ▸

  • Estonian Synagogue Closed by Ussr; Shut-downs Total 360 Since 1959

    Soviet officials have informed the Jews of Tallin, in Estonia, that the building housing the community’s synagogue will be torn down to make way for an urban renewal project, and have rejected a request for permission for a new location for the synagogue, the American Soviet Conference on Soviet Jewry reported here today. The Conference,… More ▸

  • Book on Nazi Death Camp in Estonia Published; 100,000 Jews Perished

    A book about the Kloge death camp where close to 100,000 Jews perished has been written by Erwin Martinson, an Estonian writer, and published in Soviet Estonia, it was learned here. The author describes how the last survivors of the Vilna and Kovno ghettoes were put to death in Kloge along with tens of thousands… More ▸

  • Three Estonian Nazis Sentenced to Death; Killed Thousands of Jews

    Three Estonians who served as Nazi police officials were sentenced to death yesterday by a Soviet court in Tallinn, Estonia, for the massmurder of 125,000 victims, mostly Jews, during the Second World War, it was reported here. Two of the condemned men, Ralf Gerrets, 55, and Jan Vijk, 44, were present at the trial and… More ▸