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Belarus: Local community approved construction atop former Jewish cemetery–Statement

September 4, 2017 (JTA) — Authorities in Belarus defended a court’s authorization of controversial construction atop what used to be a Jewish cemetery. The Belarus foreign ministry on Sunday said the local Jewish community of Gomel in southeastern Belarus approved of the plan because it is impossible to pinpoint where the bones are buried, in […]

Lithuanian troops train at former concentration camp where 5,000 Jews are buried

By Cnaan Liphshiz August 31, 2017 A film crew preparing to record at the former concentration camp known as the Seventh Fort in Kaunas, Lithuania, on July 12, 2016. (JTA/Cnaan Liphshiz) (JTA) — Lithuanian soldiers pitched tents on the grounds of a former concentration camp for Jews in Kaunas, where they are training to fight Russian […]

Great Synagogue of Vilna’s Jewish Ritual Baths, Destroyed in Holocaust, Found by Archaeologists

The Nazis burned and looted the synagogue but it was the Russians who knocked it down as they set out to eradicate Jewish memories in Lithuania after WWII. by Ruth Schuster Aug 17, 2017 Tiled floor of a mikve in the Great Synagogue of Vilna Jon Seligman                 An international team of archaeologists has unearthed […]

This Holocaust monument in Belarus is haunting — and subversive

By Cnaan Liphshiz August 14, 2017 “The Unbowed Man” statue at the Khatyn Memorial in Belarus commemorating Yuzif Kaminsky, a survivor of Nazi atrocities, and his slain son Adam. (John Oldale/Wikimedia Commons) KHATYN, Belarus (JTA) — Even by Soviet standards, the massive memorial complex near Minsk to the victims of Nazi atrocities stands out for its […]

Antisemitic graffiti targets WZO in Ukraine

ByTamara Zieve July 30, 2017 A monument to Holocaust victims was vandalized with slogans and symbols.   Graffiti targeting the World Zionist Organization (WZO) in north-Western Ukraine.. (photo credit:VLADIMIR MOZICHENKO) Vandals in northwestern Ukraine sprayed Nazi symbols and other antisemitic graffiti that targeted the World Zionist Organization, the organization learned on Sunday. According to the […]

In Moldova, a synagogue with a terrible history is for sale on Holocaust Street

Only 17 out of 7,000 Jews remain in Edinets since WWII. Now, a defunct house of worship where 90 penitents were massacred is on the market By Julie Masis July 20, 2017 EDINETS, Moldova — In a small town in northern Moldova, a former synagogue is for sale on Holocaust Street. The building, where some 90 […]

How a female Jewish journalist alerted the world to Ukraine’s silent starvation

by Julie Masis 6/18/17 Clockwise, from left: Rhea Clyman’s photo in the 1933 Toronto Telegram; a ‘Red Train’ of carts taking first harvest of produce to Soviet government warehouses; starving children affected by the famine. (All photos public domain) While driving through the Ukrainian countryside in 1932, Rhea Clyman, a Jewish-Canadian journalist, stopped in a […]

Estonian politician vows to legalize Holocaust denial

(JTA) — An Estonian nationalist politician vowed in his election campaign to decriminalize Holocaust denial and instead penalize those who would downplay the Soviet domination of the country. Georg Kirsberg, who is running for a lawmaker’s seat for the Conservative People’s Party in Estonia’s elections in October, was quoted Wednesday by the Estonian National Broadcasting […]

Holocaust cabaret in Kiev theater outrages Ukrainian Jews

On Holocaust Remembrance Day, a display sign was hung in front of a theater in the capital of Ukraine, in anticipation of a new play telling the story of John Demjanjuk, who was convicted of helping to murder Jews in Sobibor; following the harsh criticism, the theater’s managers removed the sign. Itamar Eichner April 25, […]

Holocaust memorial vandalized in western Ukraine

March 27, 2017 (JTA) — Nazi symbols were spray-painted on a monument to Holocaust victims in Ukraine that was erected near their mass graves. The letter X was painted on the Star of David emblazoned on the monument near the western city of Ternopil. A swastika was drawn on the Hebrew-language section of the monument […]