First interfaith seder takes place in Russia

Many Muslim and Christian students attended the seder conducted by a Hillel student group in Ufa, the capital of the predominantly Muslim region of Bashkiria.

The Moscow office of the Anti-Defamation League organized the seder.

New Zealand Jews want thesis yanked

SYDNEY, Australia (JTA) — Jewish leaders in New Zealand are calling on a university to withdraw a 1993 master's thesis that questioned whether Jews were killed in gas chambers during the Holocaust.

The author of the thesis, Joel Hayward, recently sent a letter to the New Zealand Jewish Chronicle saying that his thesis' "conclusions are wrong" and that he now believes the Nazis did, indeed, kill 6 million Jews.

Czechs may help in German SS case

BERLIN (JTA) — German authorities have asked the Czech Republic to assist in the prosecution of a former SS officer accused of committing atrocities while serving as a guard at Theresienstadt, according to Radio Free Europe.

German prosecutors investigated Anton Malloth, 87, last year, but reportedly dropped the case due to a lack of evidence. Czech authorities now say they can provide such evidence. Malloth was convicted in absentia after the war by a Czech court and sentenced to death, but the verdict was overturned in 1968.