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  • Netanyahu cancels German visit as Palestinian attacks surge

    2 days ago

    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?

    3 weeks ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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 | 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...

  • Germany subsidizes sale of four warships to Israel

    May 11, 2015 | 10:29 am

     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

    May 4, 2015 | 8:18 am

    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...

  • 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...

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