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Remembering the Refusenik Movement

By Jessica Ravitz, CNN (CNN) — Driven by desperation, Marina and Lev Furman stepped out of their home in Leningrad and took a 20-minute walk into uncertainty. Trailed by KGB agents, they bundled up and set out in the weak winter light for Palace Square, site of the 1917 Bolshevik Revolution. They brought signs demanding freedom. And […]

Mila Kunis Targeted by Anti-Semitic Ukrainian Lawmaker

Ukrainian MP Igor Miroshnichenko stirred controversy last month by posting an anti-Semitic comment on Facebook regarding Ukrainian-born American actress Mila Kunis. Miroshnichenko stated, “She is not Ukrainian, she is a Jewess by birth,” using the term “zhydovka” which roughly translates to “dirty Jewess,” instead of the accepted word “ievreïska.” He added, “She is proud of this and […]

Limmud FSU Conference Fosters Jewish Culture

Jerusalem Post– By Daniel K. Eisenbud The Limmud FSU Conference in the western Ukrainian city of Uzhgorod may very well be the intellectual Jewish Woodstock of the former Soviet Union. Attracting over 600 Jews from all walks of life across the country, as well as from surrounding nations, it is a four-day meeting of the […]

Hungarian Jews Request for Russia to Return Looted Items

Jewish Hungarians, backed by the government in Budapest, have requested for Russia to return items that were looted during WWII by the Nazis and the Red Army. While they are asking for a return of all the articles — including vestments, crowns and artwork — they are most interested in receiving the Torah scrolls that […]

The Diverse Culture of Chernivtsi, Ukraine and its ‘Cinegogue’

In Maria Danilova’s article “Journey Through Time in Ukraine’s Little Paris,” she describes the rich history that is still alive in the city of Chernivtsi, Ukraine today. Before WWII, this city had several dozen synagogues, and about one third of its population was Jewish. Today, Jewish residents make up only about 2 percent of the […]

Israeli President on State Visit to Russia, Inaugurates Jewish Museum

Today, Israeli President Shimon Peres inaugurated the Jewish Museum and Tolerance Center in Moscow alongside Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov as part of his state visit to the Russian Federation. It is one of the biggest Jewish museums in the world and has been partially financed by President Vladimir Putin and billionaire Viktor Vekselberg. At […]

United Russia Lawmaker Resigns After Stating He Wanted to Cut Benefits for Holocaust Survivors

Andrei Yershov, a Russian lawmaker and member of President Putin’s ruling United Russia party, has stepped down after making controversial comments regarding his outrage at continuing free public transportation in Russia for Holocaust survivors. In a heated October 16th council debate, he asked “why is it that we owe anything [to the prisoners]? continuing, “Why? […]

Member of European Parliament Denies Holocaust on National Television

A member of the European Parliament and leader of the nationalist Greater Romania Party has denied on national television that the Holocaust took place in Romania. Corneliu Vadim Tudor stated, while appearing on the Romanian Realitatea TV show last Thursday,  “In Romania there was never a Holocaust,” adding, “I will deny it ’til I die because I love my […]

$47 Million Compensation for Jewish Holocaust Survivors Approved in Lithuania

Chancellor Deividas Matulionis, chief of staff for Lithuanian Prime Minister Andrius Kubilius, has agreed to a $47 million lump sum transfer to the Jewish Lithuanian community as compensation for property lost during the Holocaust. This amount is due in 2014. Faina Kukliansky, vice president of Lithuania’s Jewish community, explained that they are currently working to […]