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Lithuania lifts major obstruction to citizenship applications by Jews

(JTA) — Lithuania’s parliament passed legislation that is expected to simplify the naturalization of Litvak Jews abroad and their descendants. Under amendments passed Thursday by the Seimas in Vilnius, Lithuanians who left before 1990 and their direct descendants may be naturalized without renouncing their other nationalities. The legislation passed with 96 its 141 lawmakers voting […]

Lithuanian mayor dismantles building made from Jewish headstones

The municipality of Vilnius in Lithuania began dismantling a Soviet-era structure made from Jewish headstones. Vilnius Mayor Remigijus Šimašius removed the first stone from the structure housing an electricity and heating generator on Olandų Street Wednesday, the mayor‘s office said in a statement. The generator was built by the Soviet authorities of Lithuania between 1965-1968, when it […]

Moldova synagogue attacked in shocking pogrom

Moldova synagogue attacked in shocking pogrom Torah scroll thrown to the ground, menorahs ripped off walls and stolen by attackers who remain at large. By Chaim Lev  3/2/2016 Torah scroll (illustration) Hadas Parush/Flash 90 Members of the synagogue in the city of Orgiev, in Moldova, were shocked on Wednesday morning to find their Torah scroll […]

WORKING GROUP FOR COMBATING SECTARIANISM TO BE CREATED IN STATE DUMA

Russian parliament preparing restrictions on new religious groups WORKING GROUP FOR COMBATING SECTARIANISM TO BE CREATED IN STATE DUMA RIA Novosti, 25 February 2016 Deputies of the State Duma on Thursday at a session of the interfractional deputies’ Group for Protection of Christian Values made a decision to create a working group for combating sectarianism […]

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, […]