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  • Ex-nazi Who Found Haven in Chile Now in Court, Charged with Torture

    An ex-Nazi-turned-commune-founder is facing multiple charges of child abuse, torture and murders in Chile. Paul Schaefer, founder of the a secretive German enclave in southern Chile called Colonia Dignidad, or Dignity Colony, fled Chile in 1997. For more than seven years he had been a fugitive; that ended when he was arrested by Argentine Interpol… More ▸

  • Jewish Groups Pleased but Wary After Argentina Says It Flubbed Amia Probe

    It’s about time, but the struggle is far from over. That’s how Memoria Activa founder Adriana Reisfeld summed up the Argentine government’s long-awaited admission of guilt last Friday during a hearing at the Organization of American States in Washington. At the hearing, which was closed to the media, representatives of Argentine President Nestor Kirchner presented… More ▸

  • Uruguay Inaugurates a New President Who Names Jews to Government Posts

    When Dr. Tabare Ramon Vazquez was sworn in this week as the first leftist president in Uruguayan history, the country’s 23,000-strong Jewish minority pondered the age-old question: Is this good for the Jews? The short answer, according to community leaders interviewed by phone from Sao Paulo, is yes. They say Uruguay’s Jewish community has nothing… More ▸

  • About to Acknowledge Cover-up, Argentina Begins New Probe of Blast

    From their seventh-floor perch in downtown Buenos Aires, prosecutors Alberto Nisman and Marcelo Martinez Burgos have a sweeping view of this city’s most important public square, the bustling Plaza de Mayo. But the two men have had no time to enjoy the panorama. As chief prosecutors investigating the 1994 bombing of the AMIA headquarters only… More ▸

  • Leading Argentine Jewish Group Honors Local Jewish Agency Office

    The local office of the Jewish Agency for Israel has received an award from the central institution of Argentine Jewry, but it’s not resting on its laurels. The annual AMIA award, given last Dec. 21, was received primarily as a challenge: The Jewish Agency knows it has much work to do in Argentina to combat… More ▸