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  • Special to the JTA Trifa Remains in Portugal

    Archbishop Valerian Trifa is a man without a country. But he has found a haven in Portugal under mysterious circumstances. Departed by the United States in August 1984 for his alleged role in the mossocre of Rumanian Jews in 1941, he went to Portugal where he continues to live in comfort in Lisbon under the… More ▸

  • Trifa Appeals to Lisbon Court the Portuguese Government’s Decision to Have Him Expelled

    Archbishop Valerian Trifa has appealed to an administrative court in Lisbon the decision by the Portuguese government not to grant him resident’s status and to have him expelled. Trifa’s attorney charged that the government’s decision was taken “solely on the basis of newspaper reports.” Trifa, the 70-year-old former head of the Rumanian Orthodox Church in… More ▸

  • Late News Bulletin Trifa Faces Expulsion from Portugal

    The Interior Ministry of Portugal announced Thursday that it will not grant a residence permit to Archbishop Valerian Trifa who was deported from the U.S. last August for his Nazi past. The 70-year-old Rumanian Orthodox prelate now faces expulsion from Portugal. It was not immediately clear which country would accept him. Trifa, a leader of… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines the Jews of Portugal

    “Each one of our Jews represents a minyan,” Dr. Joshua Ruah, head of the Portuguese Jewish community, said with pride as he and this reporter entered the imposing 82-year-old synagogue here for Yom Kippur services. He was referring to the striking fact that there are only 300 Jews in the entire country, but that every… More ▸

  • Behind the Headlines Portugal Has Until November 7 to Decide Whether to Oust Trifa

    On November 7, immigration authorities in Lisbon will have to decide what to do about the notorious cleric, Archbishop Valerian Trifa, who was granted a temporary three-month visa by Portugal, the only country to accept him after he was ordered deported from the United States. Trifa left the U.S. on August 13. The Portuguese government… More ▸

  • Portugal Will Honor Commitment to Open a Resident Embassy in Israel

    Premier Shimon Peres has received personal assurances from Premier Mario Suarez of Portugal that he will honor the commitment he gave Peres some time ago to open a resident Embassy in Israel when Peres becomes Prime Minister. The message was delivered by Jose Luis Nunes, a key Suarez political aide, who called on Peres here… More ▸

  • Portugal Says No Country Has Asked for Trifa’s Extradition

    Portuguese officials said today that they have received no request from any country for the extradition of Rumanian Orthodox Archbishop Valerian Trifa who was deported from the United States for his role in the fascist Iron Guard that killed thousands of Jews during World War II. Trifa arrived in Lisbon last week with a short-term… More ▸

  • Special Interview an Old Man is Disappointed with Trifa’s Entry into Portugal

    The 87-year-old dentist, Charles Kremer, who has been involved in the years-long efforts to have Archbishop Valerian Trifa deported from the United States for his wartime activities as a leader in the Rumanian Iron Guard, said today that he was “deeply shocked and disappointed” that Trifa has been allowed to gain legal entry into Portugal…. More ▸

  • Trifa Has Left the U.S. for Portugal; Justice Official Says Trifa Will Never Return to the U.S.

    Archbishop Valerian Trifa, who was ordered deported from the United States in October, 1982, for his activities in leading the Rumanian Iron Guard in a pogrom against Jews in 1941, left the U.S. yesterday for Portugal, the Justice Department announced today. “Mr. Trifa’s departure is permanent,” Stephen Trott, Assistant Attorney General, criminal division, said at… More ▸