Czech Republic

‘Britain’s Schindler’ Dies At 106

Sir Nicholas Winton saved 669 Jewish children from the Nazis.

Editorial Intern

Sir Nicholas Winton, known as “Britain’s Schindler” for saving 669 children from Nazi-occupied Czechoslovakia, died Wednesday with his daughter and grandchildren by his side. He was 106.

Known affectionately as “Nicky” by the children he saved, according to BBC, he spearheaded the Czech Kindertransport, arranging for trains to help them escape certain death in Auschwitz and finding them refuge in Britain.

Sir Nicholas Winton receives the Order of the White Lion from the Czech Republic in 2014. Michal Ruzicka/isifa/Getty Images

Prague Jews Elect New Chief Rabbi


Prague — The Jewish community of Prague elected Rabbi David Peter, a native of the Czech capital, as its new chief rabbi.

The Czech Republic’s Jewish Stars

Staff Writer

For 40 recent years, half in the last days of communism and half in freedom, the modest two-story, Classical-style synagogue building on Na Potoce Street in Brandys nad Labem, in central Czech Republic, had no signs of Jewish life. The town, which had a Jewish population of 380 in 1893 and nearly 140 in the early 1930s, had no known Jewish residents after the Holocaust; the synagogue was used for a time as a pharmaceuticals warehouse and as a repository of Prague’s Jewish Museum.

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Married On The Mediterranean — But Not In Israel

An entire industry has grown up in Cyprus (and the Czech Republic) catering to civil weddings overseas.
Israel Correspondent

Jerusalem — Located in the eastern Mediterranean, the island of Cyprus feels very familiar to Israelis, due to its warm climate, its arid stretches of mountainous land filled with olive trees, and its beautiful beaches.

Every year, 20,000 Israeli couples marry abroad, many of them in Cyprus. Photo courtesy the Golden Bay Hotel, Larnaca, Cyprus

Golden Prague, Jewish Sites

Staff Writer

The Czech Republic’s capital is known locally as Golden Prague — and the city contains its share of Jewish gems.

While the city had a Jewish population of 92,000 before World War II, today only 1,500 Jews are registered as members of Prague’s Jewish community, with another estimated 5,000 living there.

Photos By Michael Datikash
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