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  • Airbus seeks deal to supply Germany with Israel drones

    May 21, 2014 | 10:24 am

    Airbus (AIR.PA) signed a deal on Wednesday with Israel Aerospace Industries to team up on a bid for a bridging contract to supply the German armed forces with military drones until 2020.

    The armed forces currently use an IAI Heron 1 unmanned aerial system, which is made by the...

  • A German saves a Jew

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 23, 2014 | 5:51 pm

    It was 3 p.m. on a November weekday when Frank Hebroni found out who had saved him. He recalls the moment in perfect, vivid detail, a strobe of intense light after so much darkness:   

    “It was nine hours ahead — midnight for him,” Hebroni, 26, said of his bone marrow donor, who...

  • The origins and meaning of Ashkenazic last names

    January 14, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    This piece originally ran on jewishcurrents.org.

    Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names.  Some German speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last...

  • Oy vey: Holocaust Instagrams

    November 21, 2013 | 12:18 pm

    Smiley selfies from Auschwitz and Buchenwald? They’re trending, apparently.

    Blogger Hektor Brehl, writing for the German version of Vice magazine, has a piece about the tendency of young travelers to post pics taken at Holocaust memorials in which they show off their new sneakers...

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  • ‘Aftermath’ exposes dark secrets in Poland

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Nazi occupation of most of Europe during World War II and the Holocaust tested the moral fiber not only of the individual citizen but also of entire nations.

    Today, 68 years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Far East, historians and filmmakers not-yet-born in 1945...

  • Herschel Grynszpan: ‘The Boy Avenger’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 7, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Like stills from a film noir, the black-and-white photographs of a 17-year-old boy named Herschel Grynszpan that have come down to us — police mug shots, newspaper photos, a souvenir snapshot taken at a Paris street fair — capture the various faces that he presented to the public...

  • New IOC chief should quit group that aids Israel boycott, AJC says

    September 10, 2013 | 5:17 pm

    The newly elected president of the International Olympic Committee heads a German-based organization that helps companies to guarantee that their products do not contain anything from Israel.

    Thomas Bach, a German who was elected Tuesday at an IOC session in Buenos Aires, is...

  • Last Hitler Bunker witness Rochus Misch dies at 96

    September 7, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    Rochus Misch, the last surviving witness of Adolf Hitler's final days in the Berlin bunker who always referred to the Nazi dictator as "the Boss," has died in his home at the age of 96, his book agent said on Friday.

    Misch, who told Reuters in a 2007 interview at his home that...

  • Rediscovering Ben-Haim

    By Rick Schultz

    September 6, 2013 | 2:03 pm

    In 1920, Paul Frankenburger was 23 and an up-and-coming German conductor and composer. For the next four years, he assisted two of the greatest conductors of the 20th century, Bruno Walter and Hans Knappertsbusch, but by 1933, the Nazis had forced him to immigrate to Palestine. At...

  • Merkel becomes first German chancellor to visit Dachau memorial

    August 20, 2013 | 1:07 pm

    Chancellor Angela Merkel, making the first visit by a German head of state to the Dachau memorial, said it was “a very significant moment for me.”

    “The memory of these fates fills me with deep sadness and shame,” Merkel said late Tuesday afternoon.

    Ahead of the visit, critics...

  • Rare ‘Schindler’s List’ documents sold at New Hampshire auction

    August 15, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Documents linked to Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist known for his efforts to save Jews from World War II concentration camps, were sold at auction for more than $122,000, a New Hampshire auction house said on Thursday.

    The documents included a rare one-page letter,...

  • Snowden says U.S., Israel created Stuxnet virus

    July 8, 2013 | 1:50 pm

    Whistleblower Edward Snowden told a German magazine that Israel and the United States created the Stuxnet computer virus that destroyed nuclear centrifuges in Iran. 

    Snowden made the statement as part of an interview with the German news magazine Der Spiegel in which he...

  • Report: Security guards fail to pursue assailants of German rabbi

    June 6, 2013 | 2:25 pm

    Security guards at a shopping mall in Germany failed to pursue the youths who attacked a rabbi, a German news agency reported.

    Mark Dainow, vice chair of the Jewish community of Offenbach, told the epd news service that six to eight youths, who appeared to be of “Middle Eastern...

  • Nazi role-playing at Santa Monica High School causes stir

    By Ryan Torok

    April 24, 2013 | 2:34 pm

    Generally, expert advisers counsel against teaching about the Holocaust by having students do exercises that re-create the experience. Role-play activities can reinforce negative views, stereotype group behavior and are pedagogically unsound, according to the Anti-Defamation...

  • ‘Lore’ sees Holocaust through German teen’s eyes

    By Tom Tugend

    February 6, 2013 | 12:53 pm

    To help us grasp the enormity of the Holocaust, we have the testimonies of survivors, of liberators, even of bystanders, but what about the perpetrators and, even more, their children, who grew up worshipping Adolf Hitler?

    “Lore,” the movie, grapples with that complex question...

  • Youngest person on Schindler’s list dies

    January 15, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    The youngest person saved by German industrialist Oskar Schindler has died.

    Leon Leyson, who Schindler called "Little Leyson," died of lymphoma on Jan. 12 in Whittier, Calif., at 83, the Los Angeles Times reported.

    Leyson was 13 when he went to work at Schindler's factory in...

  • Holocaust, Jewish themes remain prominent among foreign Oscar offerings

    By Tom Tugend

    December 14, 2012 | 2:24 pm

    The long-forecast “Holocaust fatigue” among filmmakers and their audiences has not yet arrived, judging by the entries for 2013 Oscar honors by producers and directors in numerous countries.

    Each of a record 71 foreign — meaning non-English-speaking — countries has submitted its...

  • The man who snuck into Auschwitz

    By Rob Eshman

    December 5, 2012 | 2:27 pm

    Have you heard of Witold Pilecki?

    A new book, “The Auschwitz Volunteer: Beyond Bravery” (Aquila Polonica: 2012), documents, in his own words, Pilecki’s remarkable exploits, and I can’t think of a better gift to give yourself for Chanukah. 

    Pilecki was a Polish army captain who...

  • Alex Friedman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    The train arrived at Dachau one morning in late November 1944. As the doors opened, German soldiers wielding big sticks yelled, “Raus, raus” (“Out, out”). Alex Friedman and the other Jewish prisoners exited, were marched toward the camp and, outside in the snow and cold, ordered to...

  • Germany wants to ban screening of anti-Muslim movie in Berlin

    September 19, 2012 | 1:39 pm

    The German government wants to ban a right-wing group from showing the controversial anti-Islam film "Innocence of Muslims" in the nation's capital.

    The right-populist Burgerbewegung pro Deutschland, which reportedly has only a few hundred members, claims it has a full-length...

  • Germans launch pro-circumcision petition

    July 30, 2012 | 11:59 am

    Two Jews and a Muslim in Germany have started a pro-circumcision campaign to counter a court ruling that bans the practice.

    Last month, a court in in Cologne, Germany ruled against non-medical circumcision on the grounds that circumcision causes grievous bodily harm.

    The petition...

  • Survivor: Masha Loen

    By Jane Ulman

    July 5, 2012 | 12:30 pm

    As Masha Sapoznikow returned to the Kovno ghetto just past noon on March 27, 1944, she sensed an eerie quiet. German and Lithuanian soldiers, armed with machine guns, were uncharacteristically posted at the gate. Masha, looking older than her 13 years, was coming back, along with...

  • German Jewish leaders meet in Hamburg as neo-Nazis march

    June 4, 2012 | 10:16 am

    One day after violent clashes erupted at a neo-Nazi march in Hamburg, Germany’s top Jewish leader urged Germans to declare their country “a fascist-free zone.”

    Speaking in Hamburg Sunday, Dieter Graumann, head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said everyone should...

  • Survey: Israel losing ground with Germans

    May 24, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    A new survey suggests that Germans have lost some love for Israel over the past three years.

    In the poll of 1,002 citizens, 36 percent said they liked Israel, down from 59 percent in a similar survey conducted in January 2009. Also, only 21 percent believe that Israel cares about...

  • ‘Mein Kampf’ being prepared for German students

    April 25, 2012 | 10:23 am

    A new annotated edition of “Mein Kampf” is being prepared for German high school students.

    The ministers of science and finance in the German state of Bavaria met recently to discuss ongoing work on an annotated edition of Adolf Hitler’s 1924 manifesto, whose copyright—held by...

  • German author Grass says Israel endangers world peace

    April 4, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Nobel Prize-winning German writer Guenter Grass has attacked Israel as a threat to world peace and said it must not be allowed to launch military strikes against Iran, in a poem that led one German newspaper to brand him “the eternal anti-Semite.”

    Grass, 84, a seasoned campaigner...

  • German court orders museum to return poster collection to Jewish heir

    March 16, 2012 | 10:21 am

    Germany’s top appeals court ruled Friday that Deutsches Historisches Museum must return a collection of more than 4,000 posters to the son of Hans Sachs, a Jewish dentist who fled Nazi Germany.

    The son, Peter Sachs, is a retired airline pilot from Sarasota, Fla.

    Gestapo officials...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

  • Plans to publish ‘Mein Kampf’ in German postponed

    January 25, 2012 | 12:00 pm

    A British publisher has postponed plans to publish segments of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” after threats of legal action.

    Peter McGee said Wednesday on the website of his weekly magazine Zeitungszeugen that he would not begin publishing the segments Thursday as planned until...

  • Making ‘Mein Kampf’ available in German may be illegal

    January 17, 2012 | 10:40 am

    Plans by a British publisher to make segments of Adolf Hitler’s “Mein Kampf” available in the German language may run into legal trouble.

    Publisher Peter McGee said he plans to publish three annotated excerpts of the text, which remains under copyright protection in Germany...

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