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  • Portugal Hints It May Establish Diplomatic Relations with Israel

    The establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and Portugal may be expected soon as a result of contacts during the last two months between representatives of both countries. A hint of this possibility was made yesterday by Premier Mario Soares of Portugal in a speech to the Parliament in Lisbon. He said his government would… More ▸

  • Portugal Offered Citizenship to Save Dutch Jews from Nazis

    The war-time Portuguese government of the late President Antonio Salazar was prepared to grant Portuguese nationality to Dutch Sephardi Jews to save them from Nazi occupation, Amsterdam Sephardi circles have disclosed here. They said the Portuguese offer was contingent on the Jews’ ability to reach Portuguese territory. The Germans refused to let them leave Holland… More ▸

  • Jews in Portugal Will Not Be Affected by Salazar’s Death, Says Samuel Haber

    Portugal’s 600 Jews will not be affected politically by the death yesterday of former Premier Antonio de Oliveira Salazar, according to Samuel L. Haber, executive vice chairman of the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. Dr. Salazar, who was Premier of Portugal from 1932 to 1968, organized a Nazi-like youth corps in the late 1930s, traded… More ▸

  • Israel Repudiates Report It Cooperates with Portugal to Suppress Independence

    A Pravda report that Israel was cooperating with Portugal to suppress the independence movements in the African colonies of Angola and Mozambique was called “ludicrous” by a Foreign Ministry spokesman today. Noting that Israel was one of the first states in the Middle East to free itself from foreign rule, the spokesman said the Israeli… More ▸

  • New York Rabbi Urges Support for Small Jewish Community in Portugal

    A New York rabbi today urged the Jewish communities of the United States, Israel and Western Europe to help preserve the tiny Jewish community in Portugal by ending its isolation. Rabbi Arthur Schneier of Park Synagogue said that the Jewish community in Portugal today numbers 700 including every man, woman and child. While it possesses… More ▸

  • West Germany’s Former Envoy to Portugal Suspended Pending War Crimes Probe

    West Germany’s former ambassador to Portugal, Hans Mueller-Roschach, has been suspended from duty pending the completion of an investigation of war crimes charges against him. The envoy has been accused participating in the mass murder of Jews while he was a member of the Nazi Foreign Office between November 1941, and March, 1942. The charges… More ▸

  • Bonn Recalls Envoy to Portugal to Face Charges of Nazi Wartime Actions

    Foreign Minister Willy Brandt has recalled West Germany’s Ambassador to Portugal, Herbert Mueller Roschach as a result of an investigation of his activities in 1941 and 1942 when he served in the Jewish Department of the Nazi Foreign Ministry. The investigation disclosed that Herr Roschach had signed documents relating to the killing of Jews. The… More ▸

  • Haham of Spanish and Portuguese Jews in England Appeals to Moslem Rulers

    Dr. Solomon Gaon, Haham of the Spanish and Portuguese Jews of Great Britain, appealed to the governments of the various Moslem countries to accord their Jewish inhabitants the protection and freedom to which they are entitled both as citizens and human beings. The appeal came in the wake of reports of killings and anti-Jewish persecution… More ▸