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Holocaust monuments vandalized in Germany, Belarus

(JTA) — Unidentified individuals vandalized three World War II monuments in Germany and another Holocaust memorial in Belarus. All five cases were reported last week. The incident in Belarus was reported by tour guide Tamara Kurdadze on July 8, when she saw someone had doused yellow paint on a statue commemorating the mass murder of Jews at […]

Lviv Ghetto memorial vandalized in anti-Semitic attack

A monument to the victims of the Holocaust-era ghetto of Lviv in western Ukraine was vandalized in what police suspect is an anti-Semitic incident. Unidentified vandals on Friday threw several gallons of green paint on the memorial, which was erected in 1992 in memory of tens of thousands of Jews who were kept in the ghetto after […]

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 […]

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia

Popular Russian paper derides Putin’s call for European Jews to flee to Russia While Putin, “cannot be accused of having a negative attitude towards Jews…a massive exodus of Jews back to Russia seems to be a fantasy.” Vladimir Putin.. (photo credit:REUTERS) One of Russia’s most popular news outlets has accused President Vladimir Putin of being […]

Lithuanian nationalists march in memory of Nazi collaborators

Lithuanian nationalists march in memory of Nazi collaborators February 16, 2016 (JTA) — Approximately 250 Lithuanians attended a march commemorating nationalists who are accused of complicity in the murder of Jews during the Holocaust. The march Tuesday in Kaunas, a city 65 miles east of Vilnius, was organized on Lithuania’s independence day by the Union […]

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan

Knesset Committee Chairman to Azeris: There Never Was Anti-Semitism in Azerbaijan By: David Israel Azerbaijan Photo Credit: Francisco Anzola The Knesset Foreign Affairs and Defense Committee, headed by MK Tzachi Hanegbi (Likud), on Wednesday hosted a delegation of the Azeri National Assembly’s International and Inter-Parliamentary Relations Committee, and Hanegbi welcomed the guests and stressed that […]

Immigration From Former Soviet Union to Israel Higher in 2015 Than Any Year in Past Decade

Rising inflation, a falling ruble, Western sanctions and a tense security situation have led many to search for a better life in Israel. by Lee Yaron This year brought more immigrants from the countries of the former Soviet Union than any year in the past decade, the Immigrant Absorption Ministry said Tuesday. Immigrants from these […]

Ukrainian legislator toasts Adolf Hitler

A video of a Ukrainian opposition lawmaker saluting Adolf Hitler made its way online this weekend, only days after his country’s president apologized for Ukrainian collaborators’ role in the Holocaust during a state visit to Israel. In the video, Artyom Vitko, the former commander of the government backed Luhansk-1 Battalion and now a member of […]

Lithuanian Jewish museum opens center to fight anti-Semitism

December 11, 2015 (JTA) – Lithuania’s largest Jewish museum opened a center dedicated to combating anti-Semitism and preserving Litvak Jewish identity domestically and abroad. The Vilna Gaon Jewish State Museum opened its Centre of Litvak Culture and Art last week, the Baltic News Service reported. Funded by the Lithuanian government and set up with input from Polish experts on […]

Russian Judge Dismissed for Anti-Semitic Post

A district court judge from Russia’s Udmurtia republic was dismissed from his post this week for posting an anti-Semitic remark on Facebook two years ago.  At the time, Ivan Orsinin uploaded a picture of a burning mosque to hisFacebook page with the following caption: You can look endlessly at three things: flowing water, sparkling stars and a burning mosque.” In a […]