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  • Israeli intelligence helped Germany thwart planned terror attack

    1 day ago

    Israeli intelligence officials helped Germany thwart a planned terror attack days after the Paris attacks, a German news magazine reported.

    On Wednesday, Stern reported that Israel picked up intelligence about a plot to attack sites, including the HDI Arena in Hanover, where a...

  • Germany soccer game against Netherlands called off over bomb fears

    1 week ago

    A soccer game between Germany and Netherlands which German Chancellor Angel Merkel was due to attend in Hanover was called off two hours before its scheduled start on Tuesday over fears of a planned bombing.

    The match was due to have been held four days after deadly attacks...

  • ‘They’ll think we are the enemy’: refugees in Germany fear backlash

    1 week ago

    Syrian and Iraqi refugees in Germany fear that the attacks in Paris could further shift public opinion against the Berlin government's welcoming asylum policy.

    About a dozen men, smoking heavily, discussed the deadliest attacks in Europe since 2004 outside Berlin's Tempelhof...

  • German police detain Algerian in connection with Paris attacks

    1 week ago

    German police have detained an Algerian man in a refugee reception center in connection with the attacks in Paris, officials said on Monday.

    The man, detained in the town of Arnsberg in western Germany, is being investigated on suspicion of having told Syrian refugees at the...

  • German Jewry applauds defeat of liberalized assisted suicide laws

    2 weeks ago

    Assisted suicide laws will not be liberalized in Germany, a move that the country’s Jewish community had vigorously opposed.

    The Bundestag decided not to legalize organizations that promote or offer assisted suicide and to continue barring doctors from offering such assistance as...

  • Hitler was shrewd, not so hypnotic, new German biography says

    2 weeks ago

    A new biography of Hitler by a prominent German historian is likely to stir controversy with its argument that the Nazi leader's political acumen has been underestimated and that the belief in his hypnotic grip over Germans is inflated.

    Peter Longerich's "Hitler," to be published...

  • Munich marks this Kristallnacht by making room for boycotters of the Jewish State

    3 weeks ago

    The worldwide Boycott, Divestment, and Sanctions (BDS) Movement is the twenty-first century’s highest profile anti-Israel global campaign that meets the “three D” ( Double standard, Deligitimization, and Demonization) litmus test for crossing the line between legitimate criticism...

  • Germany’s Jewish umbrella warns lawmakers on euthanasia law

    3 weeks ago

    Proposals to change Germany’s euthanasia law have drawn strong warnings from Germany’s main Jewish organization.

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany said Monday that there must be no liberalization of assisted suicide in the country.

    Euthanasia is a particularly sensitive...

  • The truth about Jerusalem’s grand mufti, Hitler and the Holocaust

    October 21, 2015 | 1:36 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu went too far in recent comments that Nazi collaborator Haj Amin al-Husseini, the Grand Mufti of Jerusalem before and during World War II, played a “central role in fomenting the Final Solution” by trying to convince Hitler to destroy the...

  • After Netanyahu comments, Germany says responsibility for Holocaust is ours

    October 21, 2015 | 10:52 am

    The German government said on Wednesday that responsibility for the Holocaust lay with the Germans, after Israel's prime minister sparked controversy before a visit to Berlin by saying a Muslim elder had convinced Adolf Hitler to exterminate Jews.

    "All Germans know the history of...

  • Netanyahu blames mufti of Jerusalem for Final Solution, prompting outcry

    October 21, 2015 | 9:08 am

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu is being criticized for saying the mufti of Jerusalem gave Hitler the idea to exterminate the Jews in a meeting between the two in 1941.

    Netanyahu’s remarks about the mufti, Haj Amin al-Husseini, came in a speech to the World Zionist...

  • German anti-Islam protest swells on fears about refugee influx

    October 19, 2015 | 2:35 pm

    The German anti-Islam movement PEGIDA staged its biggest rally in months on Monday, sparked into fresh life on its first anniversary by anger at the government's decision to take in hundreds of thousands of migrants from the Middle East.

    PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the...

  • Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

    October 7, 2015 | 9:45 am

    A suspected Palestinian militant stabbed and wounded an Israeli soldier, snatched his gun and was then shot dead by special forces on Wednesday, police said, as a surge of violence prompted Israel's prime minister to cancel a visit to Germany.

    Hours earlier, police said an...

  • Will German welcome of refugees come at Jews’ expense?

    September 21, 2015 | 2:41 pm

    The migrants sit slumped together on the sidewalk outside the State Office for Health and Social Affairs here, resting on donated sleeping bags, clutching food handouts, smoking, sleeping, fiddling with their cellphones.

    They have come to this city by the tens of thousands,...

  • 91-year-old woman charged as accessory to murder for SS work at Auschwitz

    September 21, 2015 | 1:58 pm

    A 91-year-old woman alleged to have been a Nazi SS member working in Auschwitz has been charged with 260,000 counts of accessory to murder.

    German prosecutors said Monday that the woman, whose name was not disclosed, is accused of serving as a radio operator for the notorious...

  • Ester Wilhelm Tepper

    By Jane Ulman

    September 8, 2015 | 3:46 pm

    In the early morning darkness of Oct. 9, 1942, Ester Tepper (née Estera Wilhelm), just 10 years old, stood half-dressed and shivering in her family’s apartment in the Radomsko ghetto, which was surrounded by German soldiers. Ester’s mother, Gucia, had awoken Ester and her two older...

  • ‘Labyrinth of Lies’: One man’s hunt for forgotten Nazis

    By Tom Tugend

    September 8, 2015 | 1:13 pm

    When the film “Labyrinth of Lies” opens, the year is 1958, Germany is rising from the ruins of the Nazi Reich, and its people are largely in a state of forgetfulness and denial about the recent past.

    Millions of Jews exterminated in SS concentration camps? That’s Greuelpropaganda...

  • As Europe takes in migrants, Israel tries to keep them out

    September 8, 2015 | 10:09 am

    With hundreds of thousands of refugees pouring across the borders of the European Union, German Chancellor Angela Merkel announced a landmark change in policy last month: Germany would begin to accept Syrian refugees, no matter how they got there.

    Four days later, Israeli...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 2:46 pm

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • Germany’s moral courage

    By Danielle Berrin

    September 7, 2015 | 8:48 am

    Around 7 a.m. last Sunday, The New York Times landed on my balcony with a thud, like it always does. It woke me up and startled my cats, like it usually does, until we all realized it’s the same old, same old, and lay our heads down again.

    But when I finally emerged about an hour...

  • German support for Barenboim concert in Iran draws Israeli ire

    August 27, 2015 | 2:04 pm

    Star conductor Daniel Barenboim is holding talks to take one of Germany's main orchestras to Iran, his employer Berlin State Opera said on Thursday, in the face of angry protests from Israel.

    The opera said the plans by its Israeli-Argentinian musical director had the full...

  • As Maccabi Games come and go at Hitler’s stadium, is Germany now a (relative) light for Europe’s Jews?

    By Jared Sichel

    August 12, 2015 | 1:40 pm

    Soccer broadcaster Marcel Reif, 65, has received many angry letters during his three decades as one of Germany’s most famous sports personalities. He was born in Silesia in 1949. His father was a Jew who survived the Holocaust. His mother was a Polish Catholic. And Reif and his...

  • Lessons from Germany and its disabled: Then and now

    August 12, 2015 | 10:04 am

    Los Angeles just hosted the 2015 Special Olympics. The Games featured competitions in 25 Olympic-type sports, including, aquatics, gymnastics, track and field, basketball, football (soccer) and many other summer sports. Some 6,500 athletes from 165 nations with intellectual...

  • Artist paints over anti-Semitic graffiti on Berlin Wall monument

    By JNi.media

    August 3, 2015 | 11:12 am

    Gunther Schaefer, who painted “Vaterland” an image of the German flag with a Star of David painted on it, has covered the anti-Semitic graffiti and the hate slogans that marred the mural on the East Side gallery of the wall.

    The graffiti appeared on Friday, and Schaefer says his...

  • Maccabi Games to play at Olympic venues built by Nazis

    July 27, 2015 | 11:00 am

    They are roaring through Europe, raising dust as they go: Jewish bikers bearing an Olympic-style torch all the way from Israel to Berlin.

    On July 27, 11 core riders will pull their steel steeds into the German city’s famous outdoor amphitheater, the Waldbuehne, to help usher in...

  • Germany, Iran pledge to revive economic ties after long freeze

    July 20, 2015 | 11:40 am

    Germany and Iran moved tentatively on Monday toward reviving a once close trade relationship, anticipating the lifting of Western economic sanctions against Tehran following a landmark nuclear deal.

    Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel, making the first top level German government...

  • With Europe drifting away, is Israel making new friends in the U.N.?

    July 10, 2015 | 9:24 am

    While significant, the vote by European countries in favor of adopting the latest United Nations report accusing Israel of possible war crimes in the 2014 Gaza war is neither unique nor particularly surprising.

    More noteworthy were the abstentions by Indian and four other...

  • Palestinian Perfidy at the UNESCO World Heritage Committee: A direct assault on the core of Judaism

    July 9, 2015 | 1:43 pm

    The 39th UNESCO World Heritage Committee (WHC) has just ended its ten day annual meeting, this year in Bonn, Germany. Once again,the Wiesenthal Centre was the only accredited Jewish NGO

    Since the Palestinians's admittance to UNESCO in November 2011 they have wreaked havoc, best...

  • Nicholas Winton, the ‘British Schindler,’ dies aged 106

    July 1, 2015 | 10:29 am

    A man who became known as the "British Schindler" for saving hundreds of Czech children from Nazi persecution in the run-up to World War II, has died at the age of 106.

    Nicholas Winton died on Wednesday with his daughter Barbara and two grandchildren at his side, according to a...

  • Turned away in 1939: The voyage of the MS St. Louis

    By Jared Sichel

    June 4, 2015 | 11:00 am

    Hans Fisher vividly remembers his excitement on May 27, 1939, the day the MS St. Louis and its 937 refugees, most of them German Jews, reached Havana’s harbor in Cuba two weeks after leaving Hamburg, Germany.

    “On that day, we got up early, all our luggage was packed. We put it in...

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