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International communities commemorate Holocaust Remembrance Day

The Jewish Virtual Library estimates about 2,500 Jewish people live in Costa Rica. 

Coming home? 132,000 descendants of Spain’s exiled Jews seek nationality

An Israeli lawyer has helped about 500 people from countries as far apart as Costa Rica, Uruguay, Panama, England and Turkey.

End of an era as revolutionary Fidel Castro dies

Fidel Castro's death has unleashed a wide variety of drastically different reactions.

Costa Rica fought – briefly – in World War I

Costa Rica is better known today for the abolition of its army but the small country participated — briefly — in the “war to end all wars."

Part of the Berlin Wall stands in Costa Rica, 26 years after its fall

Monday marks the 26th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall and a piece of it can be seen here in San José. But how did it end up here?

‘I’m so in love with Costa Rica’ – a Holocaust survivor’s extraordinary story

It’s so sad we didn’t have a crystal ball during the darkest moments, so we could see that despite what those damn Nazis were doing to us, there would so many survivors and we were going to reunite in the synagogue all together in a celebration.

‘Park of Life’ honors 190 Holocaust survivors who made a home in Costa Rica

“We want to transmit respect and tolerance from one ethnical or religious group to another,” Museum Director Vilma Faingezicht, herself the daughter of Holocaust survivors, told The Tico Times at the ceremony, during which survivors and their families were called one by one to receive a special gift.

The story of Costa Rica’s forgotten World War II internment camp

In downtown San José, just west of the Cementerio de Obreros, sits a forgettable lot of urban real estate where the municipality and the Public Works and Transport Ministry park garbage trucks and heavy equipment. But on this same spot 73 years ago, an internment camp was erected by the government to hold hundreds of German-Costa Rican prisoners after the United States and Costa Rica entered World War II in December 1941.

Werner Franz, last of Hindenburg crew, dies at 92

In 1936 and 1937, young Werner Franz worked as a cabin boy on the Hindenburg, the largest, fastest and sleekest mode of transportation the world had seen up to that time.

The first world war was not the last one

Trying to figure out how to help your kids learn about World War I? Here are some interesting facts to share.

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