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  • Judge Allows Alleged Nazi Guard in Latvian Camp to Stay in Canada

    A Canadian judge has ruled that an 81-year-old British Columbia resident can stay in Canada despite allegations that he worked as a guard at a Nazi-run camp in Latvia from 1941 to 1943. Lawyers for Eduards Podins contended that he was a grocer and had nothing to do with guarding prisoners at the camp near… More ▸

  • Court Orders Historian to Return Documents, Tapes on Riga Ghetto

    A bitter legal battle waged by Holocaust survivors against a renowned German historian appears to be nearing a conclusion this week, but it may be harder to heal the emotional wounds. A Berlin court last Tuesday ruled that Wolfgang Scheffler must return all remaining tape recordings and documents loaned to him by the Society of… More ▸

  • Latvian Jews Protest March, Holiday for World War Ii Veterans

    Hundreds of Latvians participated in a march this week of war veterans who fought the Soviet Red Army during World War II. The local Jewish community protested the event held Tuesday, made into a national holiday for the first time this year, saying it commemorates soldiers who fought for the Nazi cause. Grigory Krupnikov, leader… More ▸

  • Latvian Jews Threaten Boycott of Holiday

    Latvian Jewish leaders are threatening to boycott a national holiday dedicated to soldiers who died in World War II because it will be focused on commemorating soldiers who fought for the Nazi cause. Grigory Krupnikov, the leader of the Latvian Jewish community, said that as part of the boycott of the first annual Latvian Soldiers… More ▸

  • Latvian Government Calls for Investigation of Wartime Book

    The Latvian Foreign Ministry has called on the country’s Prosecutor General’s Office to determine whether a recently reprinted book contains anti-Semitic propaganda or glorifies Nazi ideology, according to Latvia’s official news agency. The book, titled “The Fearful Year,” describes crimes committed against Latvians during the Soviet occupation of the Baltic nation between the summer of… More ▸

  • German Court Backs Pensions for Veterans of Latvian Ss Unit

    A German court has ruled that former non-German members of an elite Nazi unit that participated in the massacre of Eastern European Jews are entitled to pensions. The ruling by a federal court in Kassel overturns a lower court’s denial of a pension to a former Latvian member of the Waffen-SS and to the widow… More ▸

  • Latvia Honors Ss Unit at Reburial of 53 Soldiers

    The remains of 53 Latvian SS troops have been buried with full military honors near the capital of Riga. Nearly 1,000 people, including veterans of the war-time Nazi-subordinated Latvian Legion attended the ceremony Sunday. The Latvian government did not participate. But some members of Parliament were reported to have been among those people attending the… More ▸

  • Israeli Embassy Threatened Amid Growing Tension in Latvia

    The Israeli Embassy in Latvia is the latest target of a campaign against the country’s Jews. The embassy, which is located in the Latvian capital of Riga, received a bomb threat Thursday that paralyzed the work of the mission for more than two hours — no bomb was found. The threat against the Israeli legation… More ▸

  • Synagogue Bombing Rocks Latvian Government, Jews

    The Latvian government and the Baltic nation’s Jewish community are reeling from a bombing that seriously damaged the only synagogue in the Baltic nation’s capital city of Riga. “People are angry and they don’t know what to do,” Rabbi Mordechai Glazman, said in a telephone interview from Riga. The early morning blast to the 93-year-old… More ▸

  • Jews Silent As Veterans of Latvian Nazi Unit Gather

    Hundreds of Latvians who fought for Nazi Germany have gathered to commemorate the 55th anniversary of the founding of their unit. Human rights groups and organizations representing Latvia’s Russian minority had unsuccessfully tried to convince the Baltic nation’s leadership to ban this week’s commemorations — but the Jewish community was quiet. One Jewish activist in… More ▸