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 […]

More of Kremlin’s Opponents Are Ending Up Dead

  Mr. Putin, perceiving an intrusion into his country’s affairs, campaigned hard against the measure. When it passed, he retaliated by ending American adoptions of Russian children. The law became a prototype for the blacklisting of prominent Russians accused of murders, human rights abuses and financial theft, among other violations. The question of who was […]

Russian TV station blames Jews for Titanic, Chernobyl and 9/11

By Petru Clej, August 23, 2016 The wreck of the Titanic (Picture: YouTube/BW Channel) Purveyors of antisemitic conspiracy theories are two-a-penny, but one Russian TV documentary has gone a step further than most. Jews are responsible for the sinking of the Titanic, the nuclear disaster at Chernobyl and the terrorist attacks in the US on 11 […]

Jewish Past and Present in Moldova’s Green Capital

Jewish Past and Present in Moldova’s Green Capital A fragile Jewish presence is part of Chisinau’s post-Soviet rebirth Hilary Danailova Travel Writer   Verdant central Chișinău is split at the core by Stefan The Great Boulevard and Stefan the Great Central Park and the Public Whenever we find ourselves someplace my husband regards as particularly […]

Rising Tensions in Ukraine Prompt Hundreds of Jews to Consider Immigration to Israel

Rising Tensions in Ukraine Prompt Hundreds of Jews to Consider Immigration to Israel August 16, 2016 Author: JNS.org Ukrainian Jews who arrived on a special Fellowship flight to Israel recently. Photo The Fellowship. JNS.org – The International Fellowship of Christians and Jews, or The Fellowship, said that in the last two weeks they have been flooded with […]

Exploring the Jewish heartland of eastern Europe

Ukraine is where Jewish past and present merge in a kaleidoscope of feeling, sight and impression. A MOTORBOAT passes under a footbridge over the Dnieper River in Kiev, Ukraine.. (photo credit:REUTERS) Uman is on the bucket list of many people, and not only Breslov Hassidim. By the tens of thousands, from all points of the […]

A former Nazi concentration camp where up to 5,000 Jews died now hosts weddings, parties and kids’ treasure hunts in move slammed as ‘disgusting’ by campaigners

Kaunas’ Seventh Fort in Lithuania was a concentration camp in 1941 Up to 5,000 Jews were killed there, and many remain buried on-site Since 2009, it has become a popular venue for weddings and a kids’ camp  By Annabel Fenwick Elliott for MailOnline Published: 06:26 EST, 25 July 2016 | Updated: 09:36 EST, 26 July […]

Jitters In Ukraine As Politically Charged Religious Processions Approach Kyiv

KYIV — Two religious processions converging on Kyiv have Ukrainian authorities warning that provocations could spark violence in the capital. The All-Ukrainian Procession of the Cross for Peace, Love and Prayer for Ukraine includes thousands of believers from the Ukrainian Orthodox Church of the Moscow Patriarchate — an affiliate of the Russian Orthodox Church and […]