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  • German teacher caught smuggling inmates’ possessions from Auschwitz

    1 week ago

    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

    1 week ago

    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

    3 weeks ago

    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,...

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  • 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...

  • Far-right surge expected in European elections

    May 21, 2014 | 11:04 am

    Armed with ropes and long sticks, a group of teens in Germany’s capital headed out under the cover of night. Their goal: to tear down from lampposts the campaign posters of the neo-Nazi National Democratic Party (NDP).

    The young people are one small posse among those who fear...

  • In eye of Nazi storm, Dutch Jews found unlikely refugee

    May 19, 2014 | 3:53 pm

    In her nightmares, Tilly Walvis pictured German soldiers storming the house where she was hiding and deporting her children and the Christian couple sheltering them.

    Walvis had good reason to fear. At the time, her family was living in the home of Albert and Frederika Santing in...

  • Germany: I Remember

    By M. Fonseca

    April 27, 2014 | 7:49 pm

    800px-White_Tower_Bad_Homburg_GermanyThis article was first published on We Said Go Travel for our Inspiration Writing Contest. I wanted to share it on the Jewish Journal for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Lisa

    "Al! You're up early. And where's your 'shtick'?" I asked, using the word he substituted in place of 'cane'....

  • Rewriting German history: When politics trumps memory

    By Steven Windmueller

    April 23, 2014 | 2:32 pm

    Over the past several weeks, my cousins and I have been fighting a losing battle with the municipality of Steinfurt, a small German community in Westphalia. The town was the home of our parents and grandparents. The family estate, Villa Heimann, had existed as a physical symbol of...

  • Hunt for Nazi art shows museum failings, former minister says

    April 8, 2014 | 1:08 pm

    A German pensioner's decision to let experts check his art trove for Nazi-looted treasures contrasts sharply with the approach of some museums that may hold works stolen from Holocaust victims, a former minister said on Tuesday.

    Over 2,000 German museums hold works created before...

  • Letters to the editor: Charedi draft, Israeli-Palestinian peace, Rav Jonathan Sacks and Germany

    March 19, 2014 | 10:01 am

    Thoughts From a ZOA Elite 

    Rob Eshman contends that a peace agreement with the Palestinians would bring huge benefits for Israel. Unfortunately, his argument does not stack up (“The Bright Side,” March 7).

    Mr. Eshman says that a peace will protect Israel as a Jewish and...

  • German WW II film shows war is hell — win or lose

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 26, 2014 | 5:21 pm

    The victors in any war write its history, so the saying goes. But what about the loser’s story?

    Germany was the loser in World War II, on the fighting front and the home front. Nowhere has this aspect of the war been told as graphically, accurately and powerfully as in the film...

  • Fred Wolf

    By Jane Ulman

    February 26, 2014 | 4:41 pm

    At 5 a.m. on Nov. 9, 1938, Manfred (Fred) Wolf was awakened by loud banging on the front door of their home in Merl an der Mosel, Germany. He looked out his upstairs window to see two Brownshirts, members of a Nazi militia, standing below with bayoneted guns. “Ed Wolf, you have to...

  • Getting to know Germany…up close

    February 26, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    So this is where they did it,” I think to myself. I’m in Berlin, headed to a hotel, and all I can think about is the Holocaust. A truck pulls in front of me. On the back is written “Schnell!” The exclamation point cues me in. It’s an ad. It wants me to hurry up and buy something....

  • Iran a threat not just to Israel, says Germany’s Merkel

    February 25, 2014 | 5:23 pm

    Germany views Iran as a potential threat not just to Israel, but also to European countries, Chancellor Angela Merkel said on Tuesday at a joint news conference with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

    But she stopped short of endorsing her host's demand that Tehran give...

  • Germans own up to their dark past

    February 25, 2014 | 11:27 am

    Having been a loquacious debater on multiple continents, both in structured and everyday situations, I am well aware that the first rule of debate is universal. That is, never bring up Hitler or the Holocaust. Never liken any current event, or potential future event, to either of...

  • The German-Israeli special relationship

    February 25, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Germany and Israel have held regular government consultations since 2008, an arrangement where the two sides meet at regular intervals to discuss specific topics. This will be the fifth such meeting between Germany and Israel. The last one was held in Berlin in December 2012 and...

  • Director who supports Israel boycott to be awarded at Berlin festival

    February 12, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    A film director who backs boycotting Israeli artists is to receive the highest honorary award at the International Film Festival in Berlin.

    Jewish leaders in Germany have reacted with dismay to the decision to award an honorary Golden Bear to Ken Loach, British director of such...

  • Monuments Men Adjacent, “The Roses Underneath” by C.F. Yetmen

    By Melanie Chartoff

    February 10, 2014 | 9:00 am

    In "The Roses Underneath," a confident first novel by C.F. Yetmen, the details of one German female's wily life skills are forefront against the backdrop of the Allies cataloguing fine art stolen, sold and hidden during the Holocaust.

    Anna struggles to salvage a life for herself...

  • Israeli lawmakers, Holocaust survivors tour Auschwitz

    January 27, 2014 | 10:47 am

    More than 50 members of the Israeli parliament toured the prisoner blocks at Auschwitz on Monday to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the liberation of the Nazi death camp.

    The delegation was the biggest ever from the Knesset, the 120-seat Israeli parliament, to come to the...

  • The origins and meaning of Ashkenazic last names

    January 14, 2014 | 2:44 pm

    This piece originally ran on jewishcurrents.org.

    Ashkenazic Jews were among the last Europeans to take family names.  Some German speaking Jews took last names as early as the 17th century, but the overwhelming majority of Jews lived in Eastern Europe and did not take last...

  • Karl Wozniak

    By Jane Ulman

    January 3, 2014 | 10:47 pm

    One dark November evening in 1938, as 14-year-old Karl Wozniak and his younger brother, Max, left their Cologne apartment for a walk, they saw a fire burning in nearby Horst Wessel Park. They headed toward the flames and spied a group of Nazis standing around the fire. They stayed...

  • Letters to the editor: Judaism in Germany, cultural synergy, women in universities and puzzles

    December 11, 2013 | 11:46 am

    Judaism in Germany

    I am a committed supporter of Conservative Judaism and have been a member of Conservative Temple Beth Am for more than 20 years (“Conservative Judaism Reborn — In Germany,” Nov. 29). I agree with Rabbi Brad Artson that the movement is not dying. Unfortunately,...

  • Israel is the leader in producing drones

    December 9, 2013 | 10:40 am

    This story originally ran on themedialine.org.

    Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s) are being used in conflicts all over the world, and military analysts say their use is only expected to increase. With the clear advantage of not needing pilots, who can be shot down or captured,...

  • After Geneva, Iran’s nuclear deal remains a conundrum

    December 4, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Last month’s nuclear deal with Iran has set off a cacophony of pro and con acrimony pitting public officials, academic experts and pundits against one another.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the interim accord a “historic mistake.” The Wall Street Journal headlined...

  • Conservative Judaism reborn — in Germany

    November 26, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Of late, it’s been depressing to be a Conservative Jew. News of demographic and organizational challenges have fed a frenzy of articles delighting in our imminent demise. Many of the criticisms of Conservative Judaism are rooted in serious and valid concerns. Many of them are...

  • Sol Liber

    By Jane Ulman

    November 25, 2013 | 6:12 pm

    As soon as the train leaving the Warsaw Ghetto made its first stop, the 100 Jews packed into the cattle car with 19-year-old Sol Liber knew they were headed east to the Treblinka death camp. “Half the train was getting crazy,” said Sol, who recalls standing back from the tiny...

  • Tough road lies ahead after landmark Iran nuclear deal

    November 25, 2013 | 11:33 am

    President Barack Obama has pulled off a historic deal with Iran on curbing its nuclear program but he and other global leaders now have tough work ahead turning an interim accord into a comprehensive agreement.

    In a sign of how difficult the coming talks will be, some differences...

  • Iran, six world powers clinch breakthrough nuclear deal

    November 23, 2013 | 8:14 pm

    Iran and six world powers reached a breakthrough deal on Sunday to curb Tehran's nuclear program in exchange for limited sanctions relief, in what could be the first sign of an emerging rapprochement between the Islamic state and the West.

    Aimed at ending a dangerous standoff,...

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