Guatemala

  • Isidoro Zarco, Prominent Member of Guatemala’s Jewish Community, Murdered

    Police are investigating the mysterious murder of Isidoro Zarco, 57, sub-editor of the newspaper Prensa Libre and a prominent member of Guatemala’s Jewish community. His funeral was attended by President Montenegro who made a posthumous presentation of the country’s highest civilian decoration, the Order of San Salvador. Cardinal Casariegos, high government officials and members of… More ▸

  • Guatemala’s Jewish Community President Says Newspaper Ends Anti-semitic Articles

    The president of the Jewish community of Guatemala reported here that anti-Semitic articles which were published regularly in the daily newspaper La Hora no longer appear. According to Enrique Engel, the newspaper is owned by Guatemala’s Vice President, Clemente Marroquin Rokas. Mr. Engel, who met with leaders of the World Jewish Congress, reported that there… More ▸

  • Man Held in Guatemala As Possible Hitler Deputy Says He Lived in New York

    A man arrested here on suspicion he might be the long-sought Hitler deputy, Martin Bormann, told a television audience here last night that he had lived in the United States for 20 years, seven of them in New York City. The suspect, who identified himself to Guatemalan authorities as Juan Falerno Martinez and as an… More ▸

  • City School in Guatemala Named ‘state of Israel’; Ceremonies Held

    An imposing new school building was named “State of Israel” school in ceremonies here today attended by government officials, Israel Ambassador Shmuel Kapel and other diplomatic representatives. Education Minister Rolando Chinchilla Aguilar expressed the hope that the school would be “a link for greater friendship and comprehension between our two peoples.” Messages of congratulations were… More ▸

  • Jewish Leader in Curacao Dead; Served As Consul for Sweden, Guatemala

    Jose Maduro, a prominent Jewish banker, died here at the age of 71. He served as consul here for the governments of Sweden and Guatemala, Mr. Maduro was the founder 12 years ago of the world-famous midget town known as Madurodam in The Hague in commemoration of his son, George, who was killed in 1940… More ▸

  • Anti-jewish Slogans Smeared in Guatemala; Jewish Parley Protected

    Swastikas and the phrases “Heil Hitler” and “Juden Raus” were found smeared today on walls of the hotel Posad Belem in Antigua, and on cars parked by the hotel. The first Central American Panama Jewish Youth Seminar is taking place in Antigua, an ancient colonial capital which was once a major tourist attraction. Carlos Garcia… More ▸

  • First Jewish Youth Seminary in Central America Opens in Guatemala

    The first Jewish Youth Seminary in Central America was opened here today in the presence of 100 representatives of Central American Jewish communities, and the opening of the institutions was hailed as a “historical” occasion. The Seminary is sponsored by the Jewish Agency and the Central American Jewish Community Federation. Erick Heineman, president of the… More ▸

  • Israel Wins Gold Medal in Guatemala for Its Pavilion at International Far

    Israel won a gold medal and a special citation today for its pavilion at the second international exposition in Guatemala. The medal was handed by President Ydigoras to Joshua Shai, the Israel Ambassador, Some 500,000 persons visited the Israel stand which was also visited by officials of major Guatemalan firms and directors of the Chamber… More ▸

  • Inciting Anti-jewish Slogans Appear on Buildings in Guatemala City

    Anti-Semitic slogans were found scrawled today on various streets, buildings and residential districts in which a leading Jewish businessman, Benjamin Tenenbaum, has major holdings. Some of the slogans were “Death to the Jews, ” “Oust Monopolist Jews, ” and “Campaign for a Free Guatemala. “Swastikas also were found among the inscriptions. A month ago there… More ▸