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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 […]

Review of new book on Soviet Jewry movement, “Let My People Go”

         It’s easier to say what “Let My People Go” is not than exactly what it is.  It’s not a page-turning narrative of the Soviet Jewry movement from both within the USSR and in the West, such as Gal Beckerman’s “When They Come For US We’ll Be Gone” or Phil Spiegel’s “Triumph Over […]

In Azerbaijan, Muslims and Jews Are Allies

JNS.org – No country in Eurasia has closer or warmer ties with Israel than Azerbaijan. The relationship between the two countries is particularly surprising because Azerbaijan is a majority-Muslim country. But the reasons for this close relationship lie in the longstanding friendship between Azerbaijanis and Jews living in Azerbaijan. Azerbaijan, a predominantly Shi’a Muslim country, is also […]

Ukrainians erect monument to ‘national heroes’ who killed Uman’s Jews in 18th century

Residents of Uman earlier this month unveiled the statue to Ivan Gonta and Maxim Zheleznyakov, who carried out a pogrom, which killed between 20,000 and 30,000 Jews. Kiev, Ukraine. (photo credit:Wikimedia Commons) Ukrainian Jews are outraged over the erection of a monument to the perpetrators of an eighteenth century massacre that killed thousands of their […]

Why Tajikistan’s Last Jews Are Staying Put Despite Waves of Change

The secret synagogue of Tajikistan is not hard to find once you know where to look. Like much in Dushanbe, Tajikistan’s small and humdrum capital, the building is on a street whose name no one uses and where few strangers venture. From the outside it could be just another upscale house with a lush courtyard, […]