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Czech event brings atheists, Christians, Jews and Muslims to the same table

28.8.2015 6:06 On 18 August, 30 people of various minority and religious backgrounds gathered in Prague to eat breakfast together. Those participating in the event wanted to show that people from different backgrounds, cultures and religions are able to understand one another.  full story

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Eva Clarke, born at Mauthausen when the Third Reich collapsed

11.5.2015 10:58 Eva Clarke and her mother Anka Bergman escaped the gas chamber at the Nazi concentration camp of Mauthausen in the nick of time. Eva was born there on 29 April 1945 when the Third Reich collapsed.  full story

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Czech Republic: Hundreds protest anti-Semitism in Prague

24.4.2015 4:07 On Sunday, 19 April, hundreds of people participated in the 12th annual Good Will March (Pochod dobré vůle) in Prague. The event took place under the slogan of "Culture against Anti-Semitism" in the center of the capital.  full story

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Commentary: Invisible Romani victims and an anti-Muslim crusade

Prague, 28.1.2015 21:47, (ROMEA) This year's anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz seemed like a delayed whipping up of a call to arms. The alarm was sounded without a clear enemy.  full story

Czech Republic: Auschwitz survivor alive today due to human error

Czech Republic, 26.1.2015 17:52, (ROMEA) Dagmar Lieblová survived her internment in the Nazi concentration camp of Auschwitz at the age of 15 because a clerical error labeled her as older than she really was and she was able to
leave the death camp to work in Germany. Lieblová, who is the chair of the Terezín Initiative, which endeavors to preserve awareness about the Holocaust and aid survivors, told the Czech News Agency today that her survival was an accident.  full story

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Czech Republic: Local theater company stages German play about brutal neo-Nazi murder

Ústí nad Labem, 14.1.2015 22:54, (ROMEA) The Činoherák Ústí theater club is producing a play entitled "The Kick" by Andres Veiel and Gesine Schmidt, based on the true story of the brutal murder of a 16-year-old boy in the East German village of Potzlow. The ensemble will hold a preview performance at the Činoherní studio (Drama Studio) in the Střekov quarter on Friday.  full story

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Czech Republic: New Holocaust memorial in Brno

Brno, 18.9.2014 19:19, (ROMEA) A cube of black granite down which water streams now decorates a square in Brno. It is a memorial to the victims of the Holocaust, referencing the racial persecution of Jewish and Romani people by the Nazi Third Reich during WWII.  full story

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French citizen charged with murders at Jewish Museum committed torture in Syria

Paris, 8.9.2014 17:33, (ROMEA) The French citizen charged with murdering four people at the Jewish Museum in Brussels this May tortured people captured by Islamists in Syria. French journalist Nicolas Henin, who was one of those hostages released in April of this year, has made the claim in the magazine Le Point.  full story

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Ian Hancock: 500 000 Romani Holocaust victims? There could have been twice that.

Prague, 22.8.2014 17:38, (ROMEA) The repeated number of 500 000 Romani deaths in the Porrajmos is becoming the conventional, accepted total. But we do not know this for a fact. The documentation has not been completely located nor analyzed. We must guard against this figure becoming the accepted total, appearing in the (small number of) books that even acknowledge the genocide of our people. Is it a move to diminish the extent of the mass murder, the samudaripen, in the eyes of the world? If this low estimate can be shown to be true, this is surely a cause for gladness. But the number, in reality, was in fact much higher.  full story

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Belgium: Politician criticized for justifying Holocaust

Brussels, 11.8.2014 17:19, (ROMEA) Two Belgian Jewish associations are planning to contact police regarding statements by a local politician that they believe amount to justifying the Holocaust. The Times of Israel daily reports that Hassan Aarab of the Christian, Democratic and Flemish Party (CD&V), who indiscriminately laid into the Jewish community this week on Facebook, has already apologized for his words.  full story

European Shoah Legacy Institute to narrow focus, attract other states

Prague, 15.7.2014 21:33, (ROMEA) The European Shoah Legacy Institute, which is based in the Czech Republic, should become more narrowly focused and its financing and work should involve more countries than at present. Those are the proposals made by Jiří Čistecký, the Czech Government's Special Special Envoy for Holocaust Issues, in a report reviewed by the cabinet on 9 July.  full story

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Czech Jewish community protests film award to Mel Gibson

Prague, 5.7.2014 17:53, (ROMEA) On Thursday 3 July the Federation of Jewish Communities in the Czech Republic issued a statement addressed to Jiří Bartoška, president of the Karlovy Vary International Film Festival. The statement expresses their concern and regret over the decision to award the festival's Crystal Globe (Křišťálový globus) award this year to the American actor and director Mel Gibson.  full story

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Czech Republic: Sir Nicholas Winton to receive the Order of the White Lion

London, 19.5.2014 23:14, (ROMEA) Sir Nicholas Winton, the man who saved hundreds of Jewish children in Czechoslovakia from the Holocaust, will be awarded the Order of the White Lion later this year. Czech President Miloš Zeman has decided to award him the country's highest state honor.  full story

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Hungary: Monument criticized by Jewish community starts construction

Budapest, 9.4.2014 21:11, (ROMEA) In Budapest the construction of a monument marking the 70th anniversary of the German occupation of Hungary has begun despite strong criticism of it by the Hungarian Jewish community. The MTI press agency reports that the Hungarian Government announced the start of construction today.  full story

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Jewish organizations fear rise of anti-Semitism in the EU during elections

Berlin, 9.4.2014 19:09, (ROMEA) The eventual success of right-wing extremist parties in the EP elections could lead to a strengthening of anti-Semitic rhetoric in Europe and could contribute to increased attacks against Jewish people. Rabbi Andrew Baker, the Personal Representative of the OSCE Chairperson-in-Office on Combating Anti-Semitism, warned of such a possibility on Monday.  full story

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Riga permits march to honor SS veterans, counter-protest planned

Riga, Latvia, 7.3.2014 20:21, (ROMEA) Today the Latvian capital, Riga, once again permitted the convening of what has become a traditional march to celebrate the Latvian veterans of an armed SS unit (the Waffen-SS). The march takes place annually on 16 March, which was once briefly officially known as "Legion Day" in Latvia.  full story

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Hungarian Government postpones construction of controversial memorial

Budapest, Hungary, 21.2.2014 18:22, (ROMEA) The Hungarian Government has decided to wait two months before building a controversial memorial commemorating the 70th anniversary of the German occupation of Hungary. Hungarian PM Viktor Orbán made the announcement in an open letter to the Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (Mazsihisz).  full story

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World Jewish Congress advises Hungary not to erect controversial memorial

Budapest, Hungary, 17.2.2014 18:40, (ROMEA) On 14 February the World Jewish Congress (WJC) called on the Hungarian government to reconsider its unveiling of a memorial on the anniversary of the occupation of Hungary by Germany in March 1944. The plan has sparked a tiff between the cabinet of Prime Minister Viktor Orbán and Hungarian Jewish communities.  full story

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Hungarian Jews may boycott government Holocaust commemoration

Budapest, Hungary, 10.2.2014 19:11, (ROMEA) The Federation of Hungarian Jewish Communities (FHJC) will not be attending this year's official Holocaust commemoration unless the role played by Hungarians in the deportation and murder of Hungarian Jews is more clearly described during the event. The group, which is the main Jewish organization in Hungary, voted on the decision today.  full story

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Hungary makes historic apology for its role in the Holocaust

Hungary, 27.1.2014 14:41, (ROMEA) Speaking at the United Nations in New York, Hungary has apologized for the first time ever for the role the country played in the Holocaust. News agency MTI reported today that the apology was made on Thursday by the Hungarian Ambassador to the UN, Csaba Körösi.  full story

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