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  • B’nai B’rith Launches Campaign for Aid to Guatemala Earthquake Victims

    B’nai B’rith is marshalling funds, supplies and medical volunteers for victims of the Guatemala earthquakes. Ricardo Holzer of Panama City, chairman of the B’nai B’rith International Council, said that Guatemala’s small Jewish community has reported no deaths “but widespread loss of material possessions.” Max Trachtenberg, president of the B’nai B’rith lodge in Guatemala City, advised… More ▸

  • Israel Sends Aid to Guatemala

    An Israel Aircraft Industry Boeing 707 took off for Guatemala today with a load of medical supplies, food and other emergency equipment for the victims of the earthquakes in that Central American country. (A spokesman for IAI in New York said the plane would stop in Washington for refueling.) The supplies being shipped were donated… More ▸

  • No Jewish Casualties in Guatemala Quake

    Reports reaching the State Department and the Guatemalan Embassy here today indicated that the Jewish community and Jewish institutions in Guatemala City did not suffer casualties or any serious damage from the severe earthquake that struck that city this morning. According to initial reports, 30 persons were killed and 500 injured in the quake. Most… More ▸

  • 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 ▸