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  • German radio host brews storm with Holocaust rant

    November 16, 2011 | 3:55 pm

    German radio host Ken Jebsen has come under fire for comments on the Holocaust in a private e-mail, but he will stay on the air.

    Despite a call by the German Jewish community for “tough measures,” Jebsen, 45, will continue to broadcast his weekly “KenFM” show live on station...

  • German fund head rejects project containing anti-Semitic stereotypes

    October 4, 2011 | 4:20 pm

    The head of a German fund established to compensate victims of forced labor under the Nazis says he regrets an “ambiguous project publication” supported by the fund containing illustrations that “could be seen as containing anti-Semitic stereotypes.”

    Martin Salm, director of the...

  • German seminary honors anti-apartheid activist

    September 28, 2011 | 11:29 am

    Germany’s Progressive Jewish seminary has given its highest honor to a former anti-apartheid activist with roots in Berlin.

    Helen Zille, the prime minister of South Africa’s Western Cape Province, received the annual Abraham Geiger Prize from the Potsdam-based Abraham Geiger College...

  • German Nazi compensation fund recipient produces anti-Semitic booklet [UPDATE]

    September 19, 2011 | 4:10 pm

    A German fund established to compensate victims of forced labor under the Nazis sponsored a project that produced anti-Semitic propaganda.

    The Memory, Responsibility and Future Fund, which was established 11 years ago, sponsored a student exchange program between high school...

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  • German court rejects Demjanjuk extradition request

    June 15, 2011 | 1:04 pm

    A German court denied a request to extradite John Demjanjuk to Spain to stand trial on charges of being an accessory to genocide and crimes against humanity.

    In denying the extradition request on June 9, the Munich court questioned Spain’s jurisdiction in the case and also noted...

  • German railway firm stops advising Israel on project

    May 9, 2011 | 10:30 am

    A German railway firm has stopped advising Israel on a rapid rail project that includes nearly four miles that would run under the West Bank.

    DB International dropped out of the project last winter over human rights concerns, according to a letter dated March 11 from Germany’s state...

  • Violent neo-Nazism rising in Germany, report says

    April 21, 2011 | 3:57 pm

    Violent neo-Nazism is on the rise in Germany, according to an annual report by the German government.

    The annual report on extremism by the Federal Office for the Protection of the Constitution released this week also said that the proponents of violent neo-Nazism are rejecting...

  • German companies slammed for planned participation in Tehran oil show

    April 14, 2011 | 11:10 am

    German companies are drawing criticism for their plans to take part in an oil industry trade show in Tehran.

    Some 60 German companies will attend this weekend’s event in Tehran, which is dedicated to Iran’s energy sector, according to the Stop the Bomb nongovernmental organization...

  • Religious groups in German city fighting Israel boycott

    March 17, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Pro-Israel and Jewish organizations in a German city are fighting back against a local group that used images of bloody oranges to call for a boycott of Israeli products.

    Jewish leaders in Bremen, in northwestern Germany, as well as the interfaith German-Israel Society,...

  • Alex Nagorny Under Investigation In Germany For Nazi Killings

    February 18, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    A German prosecutor told The Associated Press on Friday that he has opened a murder investigation against a key witness in the trial of John Demjanjuk on allegations the man may have been involved in mass killings at the Nazis’ Treblinka concentration camp.

    The probe is based on...

  • Jewish leaders slam memorial day for expelled Germans

    February 17, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Jewish leaders and political groups in Germany condemning a proposed national day of remembrance for the 12 million ethnic Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II.

    The proposal was to be heard in parliament Thursday.

    Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central...

  • 10 scientists and an artist named Wolf Prize recipients

    February 16, 2011 | 2:07 pm

    Ten scientists and a German artist were named recipients of Israel’s 2011 Wolf Prize.

    The $100,000 prizes, which will be presented in May by Israeli President Shimon Peres during a special Knesset session, were announced Wednesday in Jerusalem by Israeli Minister of Education and...

  • Germans oppose a unilateral Palestinian state, poll finds

    February 10, 2011 | 4:07 pm

    A new poll suggests that most Germans would oppose an early declaration of a Palestinian state.

    The poll also found that Germans would view a nuclear Iran as a serious threat both to Israel and Germany, and that respondents also backed enforcing sanctions against Iran even if it...

  • Awards recognize Germans preserving Jewish history

    January 27, 2011 | 10:06 am

    A woman who rescued a synagogue that had been turned into a barn was one of six recipients of the 11th annual Obermayer German Jewish History Awards.

    The ceremony, held Jan. 24 at the Berlin Parliament House, was one of several events commemorating the anniversary of the liberation...

  • German Jews more than victims, community head says

    January 5, 2011 | 10:14 am

    Jews in Germany must stop emphasizing their role as victims and develop their positive Jewish identity, said Dieter Graumann, the new head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

    Graumann, 60, told the Financial Times Deutschland in an end-of-the-year interview that while it is...

  • German cemeteries vandalized

    August 11, 2010 | 11:00 am

    The Germany city of Bremen will help the local Jewish community pay for repairs to the historic cemetery in Hastedt, which was damaged by unknown vandals.

    According to Jewish community vice chair Grigori Pantijelew, 12 tombstones from the 1920s and 1930s were knocked down overnight...

  • Former German soldier sentenced for anti-Semitic graffiti

    May 11, 2010 | 11:51 am

    An 83-year-old native of Germany has been sentenced to six months in jail for scrawling anti-Semitic graffiti in a Canadian city in Ontario.

    “This may be the last opportunity for a Canadian court to look into the eyes of a German military (subject) and state clearly to him what all...

  • German community dedicates new synagogue

    March 16, 2010 | 3:28 pm

    More than 70 years after its synagogue was destroyed by Nazi rioters, the German town of Herford dedicated a new Jewish house of worship.

    In a ceremony Sunday, local and national Jewish leaders and clergy joined to unveil the new structure, which will serve the 106-member...

  • I remember Kristallnacht—70 years later

    November 6, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    November 9, 1938, Bismarckstrasse 118 -- It's already two o'clock in the morning, the next day. All is calm; all is quiet, in this unholy night. We live on the second floor. I have a room on the third floor. Another month and I'll be 11 years old. Now I am sound asleep. Suddenly...
  • ‘A Secret’ lets French director explore his Jewish past

    By Tom Tugend

    September 10, 2008 | 11:52 pm

    More than 60 years have passed, yet French filmmakers are still wrestling with their country's less than heroic role under Nazi occupation during World War II.

    The latest entry is "A Secret" and it posits that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons, not only among the...

  • Urban love story brings Berlin’s past to the present

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    August 20, 2008 | 10:39 pm

    A scene in Anna Winger's novel, "This Must Be the Place" (Riverhead), is reminiscent of the Chasidic story about people who no longer remember the way to pray nor the words, yet somehow simply remember the instinct to pray. Two friends descend into a storage area in their Berlin...
  • For German Teens, Shame Stirred Action

    By Adam Deutsch

    April 5, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When six German teenagers entered the beit midrash at YULA boys high school, there was an indescribable sense of tension in the air. The four girls and two boys seemed hesitant and slightly anxious as they faced 60 Jewish boys eager for discussion. As a natural skeptic, my personal...
  • ‘Zorro’s Bar Mitzvah’ documents the real rite of passage

    By Dinah Spritzer

    January 11, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    In the new Austrian film, "Zorro's Bar Mitzvah," Jewish party documenter Andre describes the addictive nature of his video extravaganzas.

    "There are people in Israel with relatives who collect my films, not just of their family, any family," he explains from his audiovisual studio,...

  • Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General post consult with U.S. Jewish leaders;

    September 21, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Candidates for U.N. Secretary-General Post Consult With U.S. Jewish Leaders
     
    As the U.N. General Assembly opens, diplomats vying to be the world's top peacekeeper are taking time to consult with American Jewish leaders. At least three of the favored candidates to replace Kofi...
  • Sondheim Knows How to Book ‘Em

    By Robert David Jaffee

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Some people begin collecting because they've coveted certain objects for as long as they can remember. Others collect as an investment. And, of course, there are poseurs who hire prestige dealers to buy them trendy art because they want to be viewed as taste mavens.

    Harry Sondheim, a...

  • My Moment With Goering

    By Ernest W. Michel

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    This article was adapted from a speech Ernest W. Michel gave at the German Justice Ministry in Berlin on Nov. 21, 2005.

    On Nov. 20, 1945, at age 22, having been kicked out of school in the seventh grade because I was a Jew, after surviving five and a

    half years in Nazi forced...

  • German Jews Praise Merkel

    By Toby Axelrod

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Germany stands on the brink of a new political era -- about to have its first woman and first former East German as chancellor -- Jews are peering over the horizon with cautious optimism.

    Seven years of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder turned out to be rather good for the Jews. But...

  • 7 Days in The Arts

    October 13, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Saturday, October 15

    Joyous dance and celebration is at the heart of Russian American painter Ann Krasnow's art. Take it in, and meet the artist in person at Solaris Gallery's opening reception for "Ann Krasner: New Work."

    6-9 p.m. 9009 Melrose Ave., West Hollywood. (310)...

  • A Big Opening

    By Rob Eshman

    September 15, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Museums, like movie studios, prefer to open big.

    The high cost of museum management, from health care to advertising, has forced institutions to reach for blockbuster exhibits -- Tutmania! -- market them like summer movies, and pray for long lines and lasting buzz on opening day.

    ...
  • Holocaust Deja Vu

    By Karen Alexander

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    There was a time when Dora Apsan Sorell could have really used the $3,043 she received from the German government last summer. The check was meant to compensate Sorell for her slave labor during the Holocaust.

    But the 83-year-old Auschwitz survivor and retired doctor who lives in...

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