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 […]

Latvian lawmakers to participate in annual SS march through capital

Latvian lawmakers to participate in annual SS march through capital by Sam Sokol Around sixty seven out of seventy thousand Latvian Jews died in the holocaust, he said. Sympathizers rally at the Freedom Monument in Riga to commemorate the Latvian Legion of the Nazi Waffen-SS, March 2015. (photo credit:ILIYA PITALEV / RIA NOVOSTI / AFP) […]

Ukrainian Jewish leaders appeal to Netherlands voters to approve EU trade pact

Ukrainian Jewish leaders appeal to Netherlands voters to approve EU trade pact March 3, 2016 AMSTERDAM (JTA) – Ukrainian Jews appealed to the population of the Netherlands to vote in favor of a referendum over a trade agreement between Ukraine and the European Union. The appeal by 19 leaders of Ukraine’s Jewish population was published last week on […]

RUSSIA: Freedom of religion or belief “extremist” text prosecutions increase

RUSSIA: Freedom of religion or belief “extremist” text prosecutions increase By Victoria Arnold, Forum 18 News Service From September to December 2015 inclusive at least 35 individuals and three religious organisations exercising freedom of religion or belief were prosecuted in Russia under Administrative Code Article 20.29 (“Production or mass distribution of extremist materials”), Forum 18 […]

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 […]

The Holocaust and the Khojaly Massacre ‘Through the Eyes of Contemporaries’

The Holocaust and the Khojaly Massacre ‘Through the Eyes of Contemporaries’ FEBRUARY 29, 2016 Author: Arye Gut / JNS.org An aerial view of Baku, the capital of Azerbaijan. Photo: Khortan via Wikimedia Commons. JNS.org – To mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day and remember another notorious event that would come nearly 50 years after the Holocaust, the Baku […]

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 […]

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 […]