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  • Behind the Headlines the Situation in Portugal

    The election last week of Mario Soares as the President of Portugal has been greeted enthusiastically not only by his political supporters but by all those who see in the election of the first civilian President of Portugal in the last 60 years, a positive and important step in the history of that country. Jews… More ▸

  • Trifa is Still in Portugal

    Accused Rumanian war criminal Archbishop Valerian Trifa remains at liberty in Portugal, according to the World Jewish Congress, which today reported that it has traced him to an apartment in the Lisbon suburb of Estoril. Sources in the Rumanian Orthodox Church hierarchy in the U.S. have confirmed Trifa’s whereabouts to the WJC. Confirmation of Trifa’s… More ▸

  • 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 ▸