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Jewish Holocaust victims were neighbors and fellow citizens

The project is based on the fact that there are 227 Holocaust mass murder sites in Lithuania scattered all across the country. Lithuania skyline. (photo credit:REUTERS) I had never heard of Veliucionys, a small village on the outskirts of Vilna (Vilnius) before Lithuanian author Ruta Vanagaite and I set out in the summer of 2015 […]

IFCJ, JDC to distribute $52 million in humanitarian aid to Jews in former Soviet Union

September 26, 2016 (JTA) — The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews has pledged $52 million to provide food and medicine to elderly Jews living in the former Soviet Union through the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee. The Food and Medicine Lifeline, a four-year, $13 million per year commitment, was announced Monday by the IFCJ. […]

Marking 75 years since the infamous Babi Yar massacre

“There is no Ukrainian history without Jewish history.” Ludmila Pynikh, 77, grieves during a mourning ceremony at Babi Yar in Kiev [File]. (photo credit:REUTERS) KIEV – “If you force Jewish history out of Ukrainian history, then there is no Ukrainian history that makes any sense,” prominent Holocaust scholar Prof. Timothy Snyder said on Monday at […]

In Ukraine, Jews witness historic echoes in pogroms against the Roma

Over 80 residents of Loshchynivka, Ukraine, fled their homes last month as villagers took the law into their own hands after the murder of a local child By Julie Masis September 23, 2016 Pogroms have returned to Ukraine, but this time the violence is not directed at the Jews. At the end of August, about […]

Holocaust victims included in Belarus-US pact preserving cultural heritage of ethnic groups

September 22, 2016 (JTA) — Belarus and the United States signed an agreement to preserve and protect the cultural properties of all ethnic groups, including those of Holocaust victims. Belarus Foreign Minister Vladimir Makai and the chair of the U.S. Commission for the Preservation of America’s Heritage Abroad, Lesley Weiss, signed the agreement Wednesday at the World […]

Why Uzbekistan’s Jews miss the iron fist of their late ruler

Jews of Uzbekistan insist that late President Islam Karimov’s ruthless and often brutal policies were necessary to keep out radical Islam. Cnaan Liphshiz, 13/09/16 21:54 JTA Yossif Tilayev, the caretaker of the Bukharian synagogue in Samarkand, Uzbekistan, explain Photo: Cnaan Liphshiz Driving through this dusty desert city of many ornate and ancient mosques, Shirin Yakubov […]

Lviv opens Jewish memorial on former historic synagogue

By Cnaan Liphshiz September 5, 2016 MOSCOW (JTA) — The city of Lviv in western Ukraine inaugurated a controversial memorial monument on part of what used to be the Golden Rose Synagogue complex. The inauguration on Sunday, designated the European Day of Jewish Culture, of the Synagogue Space in Lviv was led by Mayor Andriy Sadovy […]

A Powerful Russian Weapon: The Spread of False Stories

STOCKHOLM — With a vigorous national debate underway on whether Sweden should enter a military partnership with NATO, officials in Stockholm suddenly encountered an unsettling problem: a flood of distorted and outright false information on social media, confusing public perceptions of the issue. The claims were alarming: If Sweden, a non-NATO member, signed the deal, […]

Holocaust monuments defaced in Russia, Estonia

September 2, 2016 MOSCOW (JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized Holocaust monument in Russia and Estonia. The Baltic country’s Jewish community last week reported the drawing of swastikas on the Holocaust monument of the city of Kalevi-Liiva 10 miles east of the Estonian capital of Tallinn. “It is sad that such incidents are taking place in […]

Hope for change in Lithuania

by Efraim Zuroff Let us all hope that the new spirit on display in Moletai will mark the beginning of a new era in Lithuania. Lithuania skyline. (photo credit:REUTERS) MOLETAI, LITHUANIA – If anyone had told me prior to this week’s Holocaust memorial event here that numerous people from all over the country, the majority […]