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Lithuanian town plans to name street after priest who organized gang that murdered Jews

Jerusalem Post Feb. 28, ’16       by Sam Sokol Lithuanian town plans to name street after priest who organized gang that murdered Jews Naming flap exposes issues with dealing with Holocaust memory. JONAS ZVINYS. (photo credit:KAISIADORIU ENCIKLOPEDIJA) Jewish organizations and Holocaust historians have long complained that many countries of the former Soviet Union have failed […]

Latvia to return 5 buildings to Jewish community

Latvia to return 5 buildings to Jewish community February 25, 2016 (JTA) – Latvia’s parliament passed a bill that facilitates the return of some buildings that were owned by Jewish communities before the Holocaust. On Thursday, the Saemia approved a measure that is expected to lead to the transfer of at least three building in […]

UCSJ REPORT: HATE CRIMES IN THE UKRAINE

  Congress of National Communities of Ukraine National Minority Rights Monitoring Group   Hate crimes in Ukraine in 2015   Vyacheslav Likhachev Chronicle of Hate-Motivated Violence   On the evening of May 17, at about 10PM, a group of approximately 10 people attacked a man of Nigerian descent. The attack was accompanied by insults that targeted […]

Op-Ed: Exclusive interview: ‘Journey with an Enemy’ on the Lithuanian Shoah

Op-Ed: Exclusive interview: ‘Journey with an Enemy’ on the Lithuanian Shoah Manfred Gerstenfeld interviews Ruta Vanagaite on her new book, My people; Journey with an enemy: “Older people have apparently found the book quite offensive; it is incredibly painful for them to face their past.” Published: Sunday, February 21, 2016   Dr. Manfred Gerstenfeld The writer […]

Lithuanian Jews call for government to publish list of Nazi collaborators

Lithuanian Jews call for government to publish list of Nazi collaborators The Genocide Center has given the government a list containing 2,055 names of supposed perpetrators but Vilnius neither published it nor made any attempt to investigate the people concerned. A man walks past a sign at a commemoration place during the March of the […]

Jerusalem Post: “Odessa Remnants”

Jerusalem Post: “Odessa Remnants” Posted on November 29, 2015    by Julie Masis A block away from Odessa’s Jewish Street stands a gray building with windows that reach several stories high. Something about it gave me the impression that it must be a synagogue. But on the gate hangs a sign – State Archives of Odessa Region, […]

Ukraine plans museum to commemorate Babi Yar

Ukraine plans museum to commemorate Babi Yar By Julie Masis, January 7, 2016 One of the memorial sculptures A museum will be built in Ukraine next year to mark the 75th anniversary of one of the biggest single Holocaust massacres, the mayor of the Ukrainian capital announced last week. “Since we understand that the world […]

For Kiev’s Jewish refugees, little thought about tomorrow

For Kiev’s Jewish refugees, little thought about tomorrow by Sam Sokol Around 11,000 Jews lived in Donetsk, the center of the current insurgency, prior to the outbreak of hostilities two years ago, but after two years of grueling conflict, just over 2,000 remain.   KIEV – The ankle-deep mud sucks at my boots as I […]

New chief rabbis appointed for Vilna and Lithuania

Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson appointed by unanimous vote of European Council for Rabbis. By Yoni Kempinski First Publish: 1/31/2016 In an unanimous vote by the European Council of Rabbis, Rabbi Kalev Krelin and Rabbi Shimshon Daniel Isaacson have been selected as the new chief rabbis of Lithuania and Vilna. Following the appointment, Rabbi Pinchas […]