World Report

Sign up for Weekday J and get the latest on what's happening in the Jewish Bay Area.

Kindertransport holds a reunion in London

LONDON (JTA) — About 1,000 Jews who escaped the Holocaust as children converged on London this week for a three-day reunion to mark the 60th anniversary of their flight.

Almost 10,000 children, mostly Jews, from Germany, Austria and Czechoslovakia were saved in the Kindertransports when Britain granted entry visas to children between 1938 and 1940.

Jewish cemetery discovered in Prague

PRAGUE (JTA) — A Czech insurance company halted plans to build an underground parking garage in downtown Prague after what is believed to be the city's oldest Jewish cemetery was discovered at the site.

The cemetery is estimated to be nearly 750 years old, 200 years older than Prague's famous Old Jewish Cemetery.

Study refutes data on breast-cancer genes

LONDON (JTA) — Two genetic mutations that have been linked to breast cancer among Ashkenazi women may cause only a small number of cases, according to a new British study.

Only a small percentage of woman with breast cancer in the study had the mutated BRCA-1 and BRCA-2 genes, the researchers wrote in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute. Having two or more close relatives with breast cancer is a stronger predictor, the researchers said earlier this month.

Louvre will return five paintings to heirs

PARIS (JTA) — The Louvre has agreed to return five paintings to the heirs of an Italian Jew whose collection was seized by the Nazis, the World Jewish Congress said last week.

The family of Gentilly Giuseppe has been trying to recover an 18th century masterwork by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo since the 1950s, but it wasn't until the French government released a list of more than 2,000 looted artworks in 1997 that the family's claim was fully examined.

This marks the first time an artwork has been removed from the walls of the Louvre for the purposes of restitution.