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  • Film Depicts Swedish Pilgrims in Jerusalem During 19th Century

    In 1896, some 40 men, women and children from a small village in northern Sweden sold their farms and worldly belongings to live in the holy city of Jerusalem and serve God. What possessed these people to pull up centuries-old roots and venture to an unknown and barren land? That question fascinated Swedish writer and… More ▸

  • Remarks of Norwegian Official Fall Short of Wjc Expectations

    The prime minister of Norway told Jewish leaders here this week that his government “shares your concern” over “the fate of property of the victims of the Holocaust.” Prime Minister Thorbjorn Jagland delivered the keynote address Tuesday night as the World Jewish Congress executive meeting formally opened in the Norwegian capital. The congress, which has… More ▸

  • Wjc Report Says Norway Holding Jewish Assets from World War Ii

    Norway is holding millions of dollars in property and cash that was confiscated from Jewish individuals and businesses during World War II, according to a World Jewish Congress report. The charges were met with assurances from the Norwegian government that it is investigating the extent of the confiscations and that it planned to make restitution… More ▸

  • Denmark Extradites Neo-nazi to Face Charges in Germany

    Danish officials have extradited American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck to Germany to face charges related to racist activity. Lauck, 41, who was arrested near Copenhagen on March 20 at the request of German authorities, faces five years in jail in Germany if convicted on the charges – which include racial incitement and the distribution of illegal… More ▸

  • Danish High Court Upholds Extradition of U.S. Neo-nazi

    The Danish Supreme Court last week upheld a German extradition request for American neo-Nazi Gary Lauck. In Germany, Lauck, 41, faces charges of incitement, encouraging racial hatred, distributing illegal propaganda and Nazi symbols, and belonging to a criminal group. He has been a major supplier of anti-Semitic propaganda in Germany. The Aug. 244 ruling upheld… More ▸

  • Danish Neo-nazis Mark Suicide of Rudolf Hess

    Some 150 Danish neo-Nazis and their European cohorts marched through the eastern city of Roskilde over the weekend to mark the eighth anniversary of the suicide of Hitler deputy Rudolf Hess. Police in Roskilde, located near Copenhagen, offered protection to the neo-Nazi marchers from counter demonstrators, whose march was restricted to the other side of… More ▸

  • Danish Police Nab Two Men Suspected of Planning Attacks

    Danish police have indicted two men suspected of planning terrorist activities against Jewish and Israeli targets in Copenhagen. Mohammed Fahim and Abdul Hakim Suliman, both Egyptian nationals, were charged last month with buying chemicals and other items with the intention to carry out bomb attacks, Danish officials said. The Israeli Embassy, Jewish cemeteries and train… More ▸

  • Norway to Examine Claims of Confiscated Jewish Property

    Norway is planning to investigate claims that property of Norwegian Jews was confiscated by Nazi collaborationists during World War II, according to a Jewish official. “This is a little known fact in Norwegian history,” said Elan Steinberg, executive direction of the World Jewish Congress. A committee known during the war as the Liquidation Committee for… More ▸

  • E.u. Chooses Swede to Head Palestinian Elections’ Monitors

    The 15 foreign ministers of the European Union this week chose former Swedish justice and trade minister Carl Lidbom to head a team of international observers to monitor the upcoming Palestinian elections. Israel and the Palestinian Authority asked the European Union in May to coordinate the team of 600 observers that will monitor Palestinian elections…. More ▸

  • Cemetery Desecrated in Sweden

    An ancient Jewish cemetery in Sweden was vandalized last week by unknown perpetrators, according to local police. In the cemetery in the town of Karlskrona, two tombstones were overturned and 15 others were daubed with swastikas. During the last couple of weeks, synagogues and Jewish cemeteries in England, Germany and Romania have been defaced. “This… More ▸