World Report

PARIS (JTA) — A Paris-based group is taking the Internet portal Yahoo! to court over the sale of Nazi memorabilia on one of the Web sites it hosts.

The International League Against Racism and Anti-Semitism said it is seeking an injunction in a Paris court to force the Santa Clara-based company to stop the sales in France, where it is illegal to exhibit or sell objects with racist overtones.

A Yahoo! auction site puts hundreds of Nazi and Ku Klux Klan items up for sale each day, including films, swastikas, uniforms, daggers, photos and medals.

Israel asks Argentina to find missing Jews

BUENOS AIRES (JTA) — Israel is pressing Argentina to investigate the disappearances of thousands of Jews during the 1976 to 1983 military dictatorship.

Visiting Buenos Aires, Israeli Deputy Foreign Minister Nawaf Massalha said he raised the issue with Argentine President Fernando de la Rua and would discuss it further with government officials.

Human rights groups estimate that about 30,000 leftists and dissidents vanished after being detained by the military junta. According to Israel-based groups, 2,000 of them were Jews.

Switzerland offers to pay war orphan

BERN (JTA) — Switzerland is offering to pay $76,000 to a Jewish man whose parents were murdered in Auschwitz after Swiss authorities deported them in 1942.

The offer to Charles Sonabend, a 69-year-old London resident, is not an admission of wrongdoing, a government spokesman said.

In related news, a Swiss court has sentenced a 79-year-old man to one year in prison for denying that the Holocaust occurred. Gaston-Armand Amaudruz was found guilty of having violated anti-racist legislation enacted five years ago.

Pope beatifies nun who rescued Jews

ROME (JTA) — Pope John Paul II has beatified a Swedish nun who helped save Jews during World War II.

Sister Mary Elisabeth Hesselblad, who died in 1957, was one of five people beatified by the pope during a ceremony Sunday. Beatification is a step to conferring sainthood.