USA. Former Odessa residents became winners of the competition for the best monument to be placed in Los Angeles in memory of World War II Soviet veterans. The jury recognized the best the project "Bird" by sculptor Mikhail Naruzetsky and architect Yevgeny Grinberg. Naruzetsky is a well-known sculptor, author of monuments to Unknown sailor, Lev Tolstoy and others.
His co-author Grinberg is a graduate from the architectural faculty of Odessa engineering-construction institute.
Belgium. The Prime Minister of Belgium Gi Verkhofstadt has expressed first in the country's history government apologies for assisting Nazi Germany in deportations of Jewish. He made his statement at the ceremony dedicated to 60th Anniversary of forwarding the train with Jews from Belgium.
Verkhofstadt has also paid tribute to those who refused to cooperate with German occupants. Nearly 70 thousands of Jews were deported from Belgium during the war.
Austria. While repairing one of the castles housed in the North of Austria there was discovered a mass burial with remnants of nearly 30 thousands people Nazis executed. After the inspection of this terrible discovery the bones of victims, ashes and carbons were reburied during the solemn ceremony of opening a Memorial to Holocaust victims in Khartheim castle. "We should never forget about this doom page of our history", - said Joseph Pukhringer, the governor of Upper Austria land.
Greece. The administration of Greek soccer club "Olympiacos" has sent an official apology to the Haifa club "Makkabi" for indecent behavior of its fans. Greek fans, having arrived at the match between two teams in Cyprus within the frames of the Champions league, behaved provocatively towards "Makkabi" fans and team players. This was the case both at the stadium during the match and at the airport when Israelis arrived in Cyprus.
Great Britain. The Anna Frank prize has been instituted in London. It will be awarded to children having manifested moral courage.
The jury to award brave kids consists of a famous journalist Michael Berk, "Oscar" award laureate Ben Kingsley and other famous people. Recalling Ann Frank, Michael Berk quoted the lines from her diary: "Should the God allow me to survive, I shall be not heartless, I'll try to make much good to people". "Anna Frank didn't survive at that terrible time, but we have the chance to let her dreams come true", - said Berk.