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  • Germany subsidizes sale of four warships to Israel

    2 weeks ago

     Israel bought four German-made corvette warships on Monday to help secure its Mediterranean gas rigs, with Berlin heavily subsidizing the deal, Israel's Defense Ministry said on Monday.

    The ships, worth 430 million euros ($480 million), will be built by Thyssen Krupp and...

  • Merkel says Germans can never forget death camp horrors

    3 weeks ago

    Germans will never forget the "unfathomable horrors" that the Nazis inflicted at the death camps, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Sunday at a ceremony marking the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Dachau concentration camp near Munich.

    In a moving speech to 120 elderly...

  • At Bergen-Belsen memorial, warnings and worry on Holocaust remembrance

    April 29, 2015 | 9:59 am

    At the former Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, hundreds of survivors, along with their children and grandchildren, stood together last weekend under gray skies on a ground alive with memories doing their part for the future.

    “I ask young people to please take the right decisions...

  • Nazi-hunter group praises Germany’s efforts to track down ex-Nazis

    April 14, 2015 | 3:05 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center praised Germany’s recent efforts in tracking down former Nazis while noting a general lack of progress in finding them throughout the rest of the world.

    The organization’s 14th Annual Status Report on the Worldwide Investigation and Prosecution of Nazi...

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  • Manuscript by Nazi code breaker Alan Turing sells for $1 million

    April 13, 2015 | 1:00 pm

    A 56-page handwritten notebook that belonged to World War II Nazi code breaker and computer pioneer Alan Turing, played by actor Benedict Cumberbatch in the film "The Imitation Game," sold for more than $1 million at an auction in New York, Bonhams said on Monday.

    Turing, a...

  • Kerry extends Iran talks, French foreign minister returns

    April 1, 2015 | 3:59 pm

    U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and his German and French counterparts extended marathon talks in Switzerland on Wednesday for a second day beyond a self-imposed deadline to reach a preliminary agreement with Iran on its nuclear program.

    A diplomat close to the talks said late...

  • Germanwings crash pilot previously had suicidal tendencies

    March 30, 2015 | 10:25 am

    The Germanwings co-pilot suspected of deliberately crashing a plane in the French Alps last week had been treated in the past for suicidal tendencies, German state prosecutors said on Monday.

    "Several years ago before obtaining his pilot's license the co-pilot was in a long...

  • German leftist party introduces resolution to recognize Palestinian state

    March 26, 2015 | 11:34 am

    A left-wing opposition party in the German parliament introduced a resolution to recognize a Palestinian state, a position opposed by the current governing coalition.

    Die Linke, or The Left Party, submitted the petition on March 18, The Jerusalem Post reported Wednesday. No date...

  • Co-pilot appears to have crashed Germanwings plane on purpose, prosecutor says

    March 26, 2015 | 8:36 am

    A young German co-pilot locked himself alone in the cockpit of a Germanwings airliner and flew it into a mountain with what appears to have been the intent to destroy it, a French prosecutor said on Thursday.

    Investigators and grieving relatives were left struggling to explain...

  • Never Forget: Iran is the Problem, not Boteach

    By Rabbi Yonah Bookstein

    March 1, 2015 | 8:02 pm

    In a Jewish world desperate for unity, Rabbi Shmuley Boteach succeeded in uniting a broad array of Jewish groups, including Reform, Conservative, Orthodox, secular and religious, right leaning, and left leaning, centrist and apolitical — to condemn his full-page ad attack against...

  • Danish imam to be charged in Germany for call to kill Jews

    February 26, 2015 | 10:09 am

    A Danish imam who called in Berlin for the killing of Zionist Jews will face criminal charges, German prosecutors said.

    Abu Bilal Ismail will be charged in Germany for inciting to hate, Denmark’s TV2 News reported Wednesday.

    The charges are connected to statements he made...

  • German Jewish leader warns against wearing kipah in Muslim neighborhoods

    February 26, 2015 | 9:54 am

    A Jewish leader in Germany advised Jews not to wear yarmulkes in neighborhoods with large Muslim populations.

    Josef Schuster, president of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, in an interview Thursday with the Berlin-based radio station rbb Inforadio recommended wearing a hat...

  • German Jewish magazine to hide publication’s name in deliveries

    February 25, 2015 | 10:48 am

    A monthly Jewish magazine in Germany said it will deliver copies to subscribers in blank envelopes as a response to recent anti-Semitic attacks across Europe.

    Judisches Berlin, or Jewish Berlin, is taking the measure to hide the publication’s name.

    “We decided to do so despite...

  • Premieres of Holocaust films in Germany show strong interest in Nazi past

    February 24, 2015 | 1:42 pm

    Two starkly different images: a woman wrapped in shimmering gold, a man whipped and bleeding on a cold cement floor.

    The first, a 1907 painting by Austrian artist Gustav Klimt, is the centerpiece of “Woman in Gold,” a film starring Helen Mirren that had its world premiere last...

  • Jewish dealers’ heirs turn to U.S. to recover German art trove

    February 24, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    The heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their families were forced to sell the Nazis a trove of medieval church treasure worth some $250 million today have turned to a U.S. court to reclaim it, after failing in their attempts in Germany.

    The collection, known as the Guelph...

  • Germany sued for return of medieval collection sold to Nazis

    February 24, 2015 | 12:04 pm

    The heirs of four Jewish art collectors filed suit against Germany to regain a medieval gold treasure they claim was forcibly sold to the Nazis in 1935.

    Alan Phillip and Gerald Stiebel filed their claim on Monday against Germany and the Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation in...

  • The post-war West Germans’ post-Holocaust distortions

    February 6, 2015 | 4:11 pm

    Historians understand that language is not a benign force.  It has tremendous power to radically alter our perception of the “truth.”  Those in power who control the dominant cultural narrative can create an accepted historical reality that never existed, or one that integrates...

  • German PEGIDA leader resigns after Hitler pose prompts investigation

    January 22, 2015 | 10:42 am

    The leader of the fast-growing German anti-Muslim movement PEGIDA resigned on Wednesday after a photo of him posing as Hitler, and reports that he called refugees "scumbags," prompted prosecutors to investigate him for inciting hatred.

    Lutz Bachmann, a 41-year-old convicted...

  • Bombing the death camps during World War II

    January 21, 2015 | 4:17 pm

    Every decade, someone indignantly tells us that the United States and Britain should have bombed the rail lines at Auschwitz and other death camps during World War II. They imagine modern GPS-guided bombs that are accurate enough to enter a window. They think World War II bombs had...

  • Would you stay in France?

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 21, 2015 | 11:43 am

    In the wake of the horrific terrorist killings in France, my heart took many turns. First there was shock, soon replaced by grief, then anger, followed by resolve. Now it may be time for reflection.

    The response from the French and then the Israelis to the two attacks raised some...

  • Survivor: Henry Oster

    By Jane Ulman

    December 17, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Achtung,” a German officer shouted. “Attention.” Fifteen-year-old Henry Oster, then called Heinz, lined up with his mother in a Lodz ghetto courtyard on a mid-August day in 1944. He and the others gathered there had been instructed to report for special permits to help harvest the...

  • Immigrant nation

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2014 | 10:54 pm

    When you emerge from the Berlin subway into the Hermannplatz neighborhood, you enter Turkey.  Food stalls offer fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice, sesame-encrusted simit and flakey boreks oozing sheep’s milk cheeses.  The language spoken on the street, the signs, the music from...

  • Merkel against unilaterally recognizing Palestine as a state

    November 21, 2014 | 12:34 pm

    Chancellor Angela Merkel on Friday rejected the idea of Germany recognizing Palestine as a state unilaterally, saying the Palestinians and Israel could solve their long-running conflict only through negotiations.

    The aim should be that both sides agree on a two-state solution –...

  • Survivor: Eva Perlman

    By Jane Ulman

    November 19, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    The alert came at dusk. Eva Perlman (then called Eva Hanna Gutmann), just 12 years old, looked out the window of the apartment her family was renting in Autrans, France, on the second story of what they called “the yellow house.” Not far away, she could make out the silhouettes of...

  • Lessons from the Berlin Wall

    By Rob Eshman

    November 12, 2014 | 12:57 pm

    Last Saturday night in the posh section of Berlin, I took a hammer and chisel and pounded away at the Berlin Wall.

    I was staying at the Westin Grand Hotel for the festivities marking the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Wall. The hotel offers guests the chance to make their...

  • Letters to the editor: Nazis and Social Security, Abu Tor, campus racism and Kristallnacht

    November 12, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Star of David Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Westwood

    As the director of UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies, I am writing in response to professor Judea Pearl’s article, “Should Campus Racism Be Discussed?” (Oct. 17). While I do not disagree with his desire to foster...

  • Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

    November 9, 2014 | 11:57 pm

    More than a million Germans and people from around the world on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that more than any other marked the end of the Cold War.

    A spectacular 15 kilometer-long string of 7,000 illuminated helium balloons...

  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    November 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • Kosher butcher in Germany admits selling non-kosher meat for years

    October 20, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A kosher butcher in Frankfurt, Germany, admitted in court that he sold doctored tons of non-kosher meat for years as glatt kosher.

    A verdict is expected next month in Frankfurt District Court in the case against the owners of the now-bankrupt Aviv kosher butcher store.

    Leslie...

  • Iran: nuclear talks might be extended if November deadline missed

    October 10, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Talks over Iran's nuclear program might be extended if disagreement over remaining issues cannot be resolved by a November deadline, Iran's top negotiator was quoted as saying on Friday, in the first hint an extension was being contemplated.

    "Iran and the P5+1 (major world...

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