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  • If ribs visible, you were candidate for crematorium, Auschwitz survivor explains at Nazi trial

    2 days ago

    Three survivors spoke on Friday of the smell of burnt bodies and piles of the dead at Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp, one of whose former guards stands accused of helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    "If your ribs were visible, you were a candidate for the...

  • There are good reasons why Europe’s Jews are so worried

    3 days ago

    The Weimar Republic, Germany's flawed experiment in democracy in the 1920s, has become today's paradigm for the failure of state and society. By the end of Weimar, the government seemed to have lost control - vigilantes from the political extremes claimed they were keeping the...

  • Both 94, Auschwitz survivor faces camp guard in German court

    3 days ago

    A 94-year-old survivor of Nazi Germany's Auschwitz death camp gave his testimony in court on Thursday, face to face with a former guard, who is charged with helping in the murder of at least 170,000 people.

    Leon Schwarzbaum, who lost 35 family members during the Holocaust, calmly...

  • Auschwitz guard, 93, stands trial in Germany

    4 days ago

    A 93-year-old former guard at Auschwitz goes on trial in Germany on Thursday accused of being an accessory to the murder of at least 170,000 people – the first of four such court cases that could be the last due to the very old age of the defendants.

    The three men and one woman...

  • Former Nazi, 93, to be third Auschwitz guard to face trial this year

    1 week ago

    A 93-year-old former Nazi guard at Auschwitz will go on trial in Germany in April — the third such case to be tried in 2016.

    A German court announced on Friday that the ex-Waffen SS guard, whose name has not been released, is fit to stand trial, Agence France Press reported.

  • AJC in Berlin urges action to change Arab refugees’ anti-democratic values

    2 weeks ago

    Amid fears that Muslim refugees’ arrival to Germany may cause problems for local Jews, the American Jewish Committee in Berlin called for a national summit on ways to combat anti-democratic values among the newcomers.

    “It is five minutes before midnight, but not yet too late,”...

  • German Jews fear rising antisemitism during Mideast refugee influx

    3 weeks ago

    When Judith G. helped out at a refugee centre near Frankfurt last October and identified herself as Jewish, she was spat on and insulted.

    German Jews say the case of Judith G., a 33-year-old optician who asked not to be fully named, isn't isolated and underlines concerns many...

  • Non-Jewish Germans honored for preserving local Jewish history

    3 weeks ago

    A preacher, teachers, business leaders and an artist were among the non-Jewish Germans who were recognized for helping preserve local Jewish history.

    On Monday, they were presented with the Obermayer German Jewish History Awards in the Berlin Senate as Germany prepares to mark...

  • Merkel: Anti-Semitism in Germany ‘more widespread than we imagine’

    3 weeks ago

    Germany must set clear boundaries in the fight against anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day.

    Anti-Semitism in Germany is “more widespread than we imagine,” Merkel said in a conversation with Jewish media expert Oren Osterer...

  • Are we ready to learn the hard lessons from Cologne?

    January 20, 2016 | 1:21 pm

    Last October, Henriette Reker was elected Cologne’s mayor the day after being knifed and seriously wounded by a German national, who reportedly was angry over the government’s open-door policy that could bring to Germany more than 1 million Muslim refugees/migrants.

  • The Cologne rapes and our culture of denial

    By Dennis Prager

    January 20, 2016 | 10:20 am

    On New Year’s Eve in Cologne, Germany, more than 400 German women were sexually attacked and at least three raped by gangs of male immigrants, most of them from Arab countries.

    There are two truths that need to be confronted. But because we live in the Age of Denial of Unpleasant...

  • Germany sees Iran as key to stabilizing Middle East

    January 19, 2016 | 3:02 pm

    Germany wants to work with Iran to help calm regional conflicts now that the Islamic Republic is emerging from international isolation and also prevent tension escalating with regional rival Saudi Arabia, Germany's foreign minister said on Tuesday. 

    Iran emerged from years of...

  • Why US lawmakers want Germany to take another look in its museums

    January 6, 2016 | 3:59 pm

    In a letter emblazoned with the insignia of the U.S. House of Representatives, 29 members of Congress reprimanded the German state of Bavaria for neglecting its historical responsibility to victims of the Nazis.

    “The Free State of Bavaria has yet to fully honor its pledge...

  • German politician charged for publicly displaying Auschwitz tattoo

    December 16, 2015 | 3:50 pm

    A far-right German politician has been charged with incitement for publicly displaying a large tattoo of the Auschwitz death camp on his back.

    Prosecutors announced Wednesday that Marcel Zech, a county council member near Berlin, is accused of violating Germany’s ban on the...

  • Germany accuses two Palestinians of planning attack on Israeli embassy

    December 16, 2015 | 10:12 am

    Two young men of Palestinian descent are on trial in Germany for planning to bomb the Israeli embassy in Berlin or other Israeli targets, a criminal court spokesman said on Wednesday.

    The two men, both aged 21, were arrested in July and appeared in court on Tuesday, where they...

  • BDS backers go on labeling spree on Israeli products in German town

    November 30, 2015 | 1:18 pm

    A team of self-styled “goods inspectors” in a German town tried to label all the Israeli products they could find as being “from illegal Israeli settlements.”

    On Saturday, the proponents of the anti-Israel Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement visited businesses in downtown...

  • Israel welcomes 200 young Germans

    November 30, 2015 | 8:44 am

    This article first appeared on The Media Line.

    On the 68th anniversary of the day that the United Nations first recognized the legitimacy of a Jewish state in Palestine, two hundred young German leaders are landing in Israel for a five-day tour of the country. The German visitors...

  • Israeli intelligence helped Germany thwart planned terror attack

    November 25, 2015 | 9:45 am

    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

    November 17, 2015 | 10:58 am

    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

    November 16, 2015 | 11:36 am

    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

    November 16, 2015 | 10:01 am

    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

    November 10, 2015 | 9:41 am

    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

    November 9, 2015 | 1:08 pm

    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

    November 6, 2015 | 8:56 am

    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

    November 2, 2015 | 11:23 am

    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...

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