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  • Survivor: Henry Oster

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    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...

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  • 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...

  • German on trial for ISIS ties played for Jewish soccer team

    September 16, 2014 | 10:14 am

    A German man on trial for being a member of the jihadist group ISIS once played for a Jewish soccer club.

    Kreshnik Berisha, 20, went on trial in Frankfurt on Monday, The Associated Press reported. Berisha is alleged to have traveled to Syria, where he fought with ISIS for five...

  • At a landmark Berlin rally, Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism

    September 15, 2014 | 10:08 am

    Germany will do all it can to fight anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said in a speech on Sunday, following a surge of abuse against Jews and spreading anti-Israeli sentiment aroused by the Gaza conflict.

    Merkel made her pledge to thousands at a landmark rally protesting a...

  • Merkel vows to fight anti-Semitism in Germany

    September 7, 2014 | 10:47 am

    Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Saturday she would do everything she could to fight anti-Semitism in Germany, amid reports of attacks and a spike in anti-Israel sentiment since the Gaza conflict.

    In her weekly podcast, Merkel said she was alarmed that Jewish institutions in ...

  • Zara ‘sorry’ for t-shirt that looks like Nazi camp uniform

    August 27, 2014 | 9:48 am

    Global fashion chain Zara, owned by Spain's Inditex, pulled from sale on Wednesday a striped children's top decorated with a large six-pointed star after it was likened to uniforms worn by Jewish concentration camp inmates in Nazi Germany.

    The shirt, bearing horizontal blue and...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • Israeli minister urges Germany and EU to send inspectors to Gaza

    August 7, 2014 | 10:58 am

    Israeli Foreign Minister Avigdor Lieberman has urged Germany to help find a solution to the conflict in Gaza and send inspectors to Gaza's borders along with other European Union countries.

    Mediators were working on Thursday to extend a truce between Israel and the Palestinians...

  • N.Y. man accused of hiding mother’s death to collect Holocaust benefits

    By tessc

    August 4, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    A New York man was charged with hiding his Holocaust survivor mother’s death in order to collect her reparations benefits.

    Gary Jacoby, 61, was arraigned in Queens Criminal Court on Thursday on grand larceny and forgery charges, the Daily News reported. If convicted, he faces up...

  • German police arrest 18-year-old after attack on synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 12:01 pm

    German police arrested an 18-year-old man after petrol bombs were thrown at a synagogue in the western town of Wuppertal overnight, they said in a statement on Tuesday.

    "According to investigations, three suspects threw several incendiary devices at the entrance," police said. No...

  • Suspect arrested in firebomb attack on German synagogue

    July 29, 2014 | 10:54 am

    A suspect has been arrested in an attempted arson attack on a German synagogue.

    A neighbor of the New Wuppertal Synagogue in the former West German state of North Rhine-Westphalia called police at about  2 a.m. on Tuesday to report burning objects in the street next to the...

  • Germany, France, Italy jointly condemn Gaza-related anti-Semitic acts

    July 25, 2014 | 11:37 am

    In a joint statement the foreign ministers of Germany, France and Italy condemned anti-Semitic acts arising out of the recent wave of anti-Israel demonstrations across Europe.

    Germany’s Frank-Walter Steinmeier, France’s Laurent Fabius and Italy’s Federica Mogherini met in...

  • Germany, France, Italy condemn anti-Semitism in anti-Israel protests

    July 22, 2014 | 9:41 am

    The foreign ministers of GermanyFrance and Italy on Tuesday condemned anti-Semitism, racism and xenophobia that have marred rallies against Israel's role in its conflict with Hamas in which about 600 Palestinians, mostly civilians, have died.

    After 10 days of bombardment, ...

  • German Jewish leader: Don’t be intimidated by anti-Semitic protests

    July 21, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Germany’s main Jewish leader called on Jews not to be intimidated by a recent spate of anti-Israel demonstrations featuring violently anti-Jewish slogans.

    With protests against Israel occurring daily throughout the country – including Monday outside the Israeli Embassy in Berlin...

  • Iran, six powers agree to four-month extension of nuclear talks

    July 18, 2014 | 3:58 pm

    Iran and six world powers on Friday agreed to a four-month extension of negotiations on a long-term nuclear deal that would gradually end sanctions on Tehran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program, diplomats close to the talks said.

    Iran, the United States, Britain, France,...

  • A sunken Nazi sub discovered off Texas coast

    July 15, 2014 | 2:08 pm

    In a shocking reminder of how close the Second World War came to America, a German U-boat has been discovered by marine archaeologists working off the shores of Texas in the Gulf of Mexico.

    That Nazi subs once prowled the Gulf of Mexico may come as a bit of surprise to Americans.

    "And there's a very good reason," said shipwreck diver Richie Kohler in a WFAA video. "The United States government didn't want us to know. They didn't want us to know how Germany was taking us to task, how successful these U-boats were."

    Read more on io9.com.

  • German teacher caught smuggling inmates’ possessions from Auschwitz

    July 3, 2014 | 1:36 pm

    A teacher from Germany was arrested at Auschwitz after being caught with items that belonged to Holocaust victims.

    The 47-year-old educator on Tuesday admitted to taking the items from an area where possessions of the former concentration camp inmates had been stored during World...

  • Germany expands Holocaust survivors’ pensions

    By Ryan Torok

    July 2, 2014 | 4:02 pm

    Recent changes to Germany’s ghetto pension law will expand the number of Holocaust survivors worldwide who are eligible for payments for labor they completed in ghettos and retroactively extend significantly the time period covered.

    The amendments adopted in June affect what are...

  • German man, 83, assaulted at rally for kidnapped Israeli teens

    June 24, 2014 | 11:11 am

    An 83-year-old man was thrown to the ground during a solidarity rally in Germany for three Israeli teens kidnapped in the West Bank.

    The incident took place at a national “Bring Back Our Boys” rally in Hamburg on June 19 organized by the Young Forum of the German-Israel Society...

  • Germany ordered to pay $68 million in restitution to Jewish department store heirs

    June 12, 2014 | 2:26 pm

    Germany was ordered to pay the heirs of a Jewish department store chain nearly $68 million in restitution and interest for properties confiscated by the Nazis.

    The ruling by a Berlin administrative court for the heirs of the Schocken family was announced formally on Thursday,...

  • Germany ‘very worried’ about Israeli plans to build more settler homes

    June 6, 2014 | 10:26 am

    The German government is extremely concerned about Israeli plans to build more settlements in the West Bank in response to the inauguration of a Palestinian unity government backed by Hamas Islamists opposed to the Jewish state's existence.

    "The German government is very worried...

  • Pope Francis and the need to confront evil

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    May 26, 2014 | 10:38 am

    No one can deny that Pope Francis is a man who walks the walk. While many disagree with his neo-socialist world-view, who can feel anything but respect for a world leader who eschews the perks of office to champion the poor and the oppressed. The Pope is also courageously...

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