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Ukraine’s pagan pro-Russian rebels dream of a new Eden

Lily Hyde, Donetsk A pro-Russia militia in Ukraine has ambitions far beyond the ousting of the Kiev government In a grassy clearing in rebel-held east Ukraine, pagan Slavic supremacists in battledress, some cradling Kalashnikovs, raised their arms around a bonfire and prayed for victory over Russia’s enemies. Carved wooden idols representing pre-Christian Slavic gods overlooked […]

Lithuanian rescuers of Jews declared freedom fighters

(JTA) — Lithuania’s Parliament passed an amendment recognizing Holocaust-era rescuers of Jews as freedom fighters. The amendment, which entitles the families of rescuers to special state pensions, passed Tuesday by a majority of 72 lawmakers present, the news site 15min. lt reported. The Jewish Community of Lithuania praised the vote. “Finally, the Lithuanian government has expressed […]

Holocaust Museum Urges Ukraine To Examine Its History of Anti-Semitism

by Nathan Guttman   As Ukraine grapples with political upheaval and threats to its territorial integrity, the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is confronting the country’s post-revolution government with another, no less difficult challenge: contending with its past treatment of Jews. The museum has urged the new government in Kiev to set up an international […]

Latvian minister to be fired for endorsing SS vets

(JTA) — Latvia’s prime minister said she would fire a Cabinet minister planning to march with local SS veterans. Einars Cilinskis, Latvia’s minister for environment and regional development, said he would attend Sunday’s rally in Riga, Reuters reported Friday. “Taking into account that the minister has said today he would join the march and would […]

Hungarian rabbi finds 103 stolen Torah scrolls, probably taken during Holocaust

BUDAPEST – A Hungarian rabbi said on Tuesday he had uncovered 103 Torah scrolls stolen from Hungarian Jews during World War Two and stashed in a Russian library, adding he planned to restore and return them to the Jewish community. Slomo Koves, chief rabbi of the Unified Hungarian Jewish Congregation, said he had found the scrolls while […]

‘I know tomorrow will be my last day': Uncovering Soviet Jewry’s Holocaust experience

by Smadar Shir For years the Soviet Jewry’s Holocaust was a forbidden secret. Now, through letters found in archives, Yad Vashem is working to make the voices silenced behind the Iron Curtain heard   “To my dear brother, our city Priluki was taken over quite suddenly and very quickly by the German occupiers. My brother […]

Lithuanian Jews to get compensation for Holocaust, Soviet occupation

(JTA) — Government officials in Lithuania said they would offer symbolic reparations to nearly 1,800 Jewish Holocaust survivors. The officials told the Baltic News Agency on Wednesday that each survivor will receive a payment of $622 this year. The compensation was also for “suffering during the Soviet occupation,” according to the announcement. Lithuanian governments have […]

The Extremism and Xenophobia of Ukraine’s Svoboda (Freedom) Party

by Leonid Stonov, International Director August 2013 More than half a year has passed since the nationalist, right-wing, extremist party “Svoboda” (“Freedom”) became one of the main Ukrainian parties that crossed the parliamentary barrier and had a representative in a high position – vice-speaker of the Verkhovna Rada (Ukrainian Parliament). What has happened to Ukraine? […]

New Memorial Complex to Be Built at Babi Yar Massacre Site

The World Forum of Russian-speaking Jews (WFRJ) announced on Sunday that a new memorial complex will be built at Babi Yar, the Ukrainian site in which approximately 50,000 Jews were massacred by Nazis during the Holocaust, The Times of Israel reports.  WRFJ President Alexander Levin presented a model of the memorial, which will include a […]