Young Jews from the post-Holocaust "third generation" in Central Europe are challenging the traditionally passive ethnic identification of their parents and grandparents throughout the last half century and are reaffirming their Jewish identity.
On 5 August 1999, the conflict between Vladimir Zelezny, the licence holder of Central and Eastern Europe's most successful commercial TV station, Nova, and the station's American service providers came to a head.
Theme of the Week Consumerism in Central and
Back to the Future Vaclav Pinkava Czechs are losing their inclination toward inventiveness as their DIY economy becomes a service economy. This is precisely what happened in the UK.
Shop till You Drop Gusztav Kosztolanyi Even in Communist times, Hungary was something of a consumer society. Now, shopping is a full-blown pastime, and Hungarians are wondering if capitalism was such a good idea after all.
The Convenience Revolution Andrew Stroehlein Consumerism also has its positive effects. Paramount among these is the improvement of women's lives and ultimately their standing in society.
A WESTERNER'S SURVIVAL GUIDE:
On Guilty Poems, Librettos and Photographs Tomas Pecina Shakespeare was lucky to have been English; had he been Czech, he could easily have ended up guilty of writing his plays under the wrong Queen...
Abrasive over Pensions Mel Huang No one doubts there is a crisis in Latvia's social services sector. But is Prime Minister Andris Skele resorting to authoritarian methods to solve the problem?
Two Minutes and Twenty-Three Seconds Catherine Lovatt Superstition and science joined together for the total eclipse in Romania, as the country was distracted for a few minutes from its economic and political problems.
CULIK'S CZECH REPUBLIC:
Czech Media and Civil Society: A survey Jan Culik The instruments of speech for the nation - media and the education system - have been paralysed, and there is no systematic public debate about the most important issues of public interest.
The Bad Blood of Kosovo Sam Vaknin The historical legacy and the nature of Serb involvement in Kosovo.
For those in Central Europe who are grandchildren of the survivors of the Second World War, Jewish identity has long been rumoured to be a largely unconscious affair, if not completely extinct. In post-war Central Europe, somewhere between the twin temptations of assimilation and emmigration, the concept of generations died. Today, a group of young intellectuals from this post-Holocaust "third generation" are challenging this view and reaffirming their Jewish identity.