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  • 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 ▸

  • Latvian President, Legislators Battle over Holocaust Remark

    The battle between Latvia’s president and the country’s Parliament over participation in the Holocaust is showing no signs of slowing down. On the eve of a scheduled visit to Israel next week, Latvian President Guntis Ulmanis has sent a letter to the Baltic nation’s Parliament urging lawmakers to admit that Latvians participated in the Holocaust…. More ▸

  • Vandals Hit Latvian Synagogue

    Vandals have painted a swastika and anti-Semitic slogans on a synagogue in the Latvian capital of Riga. The desecration last Friday came after a neo-Nazi group known as Lightning and Cross distributed leaflets in Riga calling Jews and Russians enemies of the Latvian people. The slogans in the leaflets were the same as those painted… More ▸

  • Anti-semitic History Book Remains in Latvian Schools

    Latvia has agreed to halt distribution of a controversial history book, but human rights activists are questioning the sincerity of the move. In response to a campaign led by the Washington-based Union of Councils for Soviet Jews and local activists, which had demanded that Janis Karklins’ “Latvian Eulenspiegel” be withdrawn from schools, the Latvian president’s… More ▸

  • Swiss Holocaust Fund Checks Delivered to Latvian Survivors

    Some of the recipients were less than enthusiastic. “The sum is insulting,” said 75-year-old Yevgenia Barowska. “It should be a monthly pension.” Barowska was among the 82 Latvian Holocaust survivors who received the first checks from a Swiss fund for needy survivors. While she criticized the checks for $400 distributed at a ceremony Tuesday in… More ▸

  • Holocaust Survivors in Latvia to Get First Swiss Fund Checks

    A 75-year-old Latvian Jew who narrowly escaped death by fleeing a Nazi labor camp will be the first Holocaust survivor to receive payment from a Swiss fund created earlier this year. Riva Sefere’s receipt of a $400 check at a ceremony scheduled for Nov. 18 in the Latvian capital of Riga will end months of… More ▸

  • Wiesenthal Center Urges Latvia, Australia to Indict War Criminals

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center believes that 64 suspected Latvian war criminals are living in Australia and has called on the Australian government to take action against them. The center’s Israel director, Efraim Zuroff, gave the Australian ambassador to Israel the list of names and urged Australia to investigate the cases quickly. Zuroff called on Australia… More ▸