MOSCOW (JTA) — Latvian prosecutors investigating a suspected war criminal said this week they plan to ask Russia for help in building their case.

Latvian officials have said they do not have enough evidence to prove that Konrad Kalejs was involved in the murders of thousands of Jews during World War II.

Latvian prosecutors said earlier this month that they had appealed to Britain, Israel and the Simon Wiesenthal Center for help in gathering evidence against Kalejs, who left Britain earlier this month for Australia.

Poland's Catholics mark Judaism day

ROME (JTA) — Poland's Roman Catholic Church has marked its third annual "Day of Judaism."

As part of events designed to foster interfaith dialogue and education, Polish Jewish communal leaders joined Catholic priests and scholars Monday at conferences and ceremonies in several major cities.

Poland plans to sponsor a number of events Thursday to mark the 55th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

German publisher linked to the Nazis

BERLIN (JTA) — German media giant Bertelsmann had close ties with the Nazi regime, particularly its Propaganda Ministry, an independent team of historians hired by the company has found.

Bertelsmann hired the research team after a German journalist published a story accusing the company of covering up its Nazi ties in the 1930s and 1940s.

Austrian police nab suspected terrorist

VIENNA (JTA) — Austrian police have arrested a suspected member of the Abu Nidal Palestinian terrorist group.

A police official said last Friday that the suspect is named Nimer Halime but declined to disclose her age, nationality or the circumstances of the arrest.

The Abu Nidal group, which carried out a series of attacks in European capitals during the 1970s and 1980s, is blamed for killing or wounding about 900 people in at least 20 countries.

Collaborator Papon returns to prison cell

PARIS (JTA) — Convicted Nazi collaborator Maurice Papon returned to prison Saturday after undergoing surgery days earlier to implant a heart pacemaker.

Papon, 89, who has a history of cardiac problems, is serving a 10-year sentence for his role in the arrest and deportation of Jews from France during World War II.

Papon's lawyer argued against his return to prison during his convalescence, saying it would endanger his life. Papon has requested a presidential pardon on medical grounds.

Argentina to restore Schindler's pension

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Argentina has announced it will restore the pension of Emilie Schindler, 92, who helped her husband, Oskar, save more than 1,000 Jews from the Holocaust.

The widow was granted a special pension of about $1,000 a month under the former government but payments stopped after the change of government in December. Local media reported that Schindler, who now is almost unable to walk, was close to destitute without the pension.