Poland. Prince Charles of Wales met the members of a small Jewish community of Krakow. The meeting took place during his two-day visit to Poland. The Prince held a discussion with Jews who had survived the Holocaust. The cafe where the meeting took place is in the historical quarter of Krakow Kazimirts. Steven Spielberg filmed here scenes of his “Shindler’s list”.
64 thousand of community members used to live in Kazimirts quarter before Holocaust. During World War II almost all community members were sent to Auschwitz and Birkenau.
Nowadays less than 200 Jews live in Kazimirts.
Prince Charles also visited a recently restored synagogue and ancient Jewish cemetery.
Latvia. United council on protection of Jews of the former Soviet Union (UCSJ) criticized Ziedonis Chevers. The former minister of internal affairs made a statement that Latvia “should not yield to” the center of Simon Vizental, which has called the Baltic countries to promote the activity on detecting and legal punishing Nazi criminals. Latvia “should not forget about black pages of its history”, – states the declaration by UCSJ.
Lithuania. The Prime Minister Algirdas Brazaukas met with the coordinator of the International committee on property of Jewish community in Lithuania, Rabbi Andrew Becker.
The commission headed by the country Minister of Justice Vitautas Markyavichus should inform the government about remaining property of Jewish communities. It was underlined during the meeting that restitution of property rights of Jewish communities is possible only after corresponding amendments are made to Lithuanian laws.
Andrew Becker was also interested in opportunities to hand over to foreign Jewish religious communities the remaining in Lithuania rolls of Torah.
Czech republic. The plaque commemorating Jews – victims of Holocaust was opened on the building of a former synagogue in the town of Sokolov. Nazis burned down the synagogue in 1938.
Only two of 57 Jews who lived in the city before World War II are alive having survived the Holocaust nightmares in Nazi death camps.
Latvia. Jewish leaders of Latvia expressed a protest against a planned construction of a filling station in the place where a Synagogue of Riga used to be. Leaders of the Jewish community are going to apply to the President of the country to cancel the government’s decision on construction.