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  • Hebrew U supporters want German museum to pick Einstein’s brain for new exhibit

    13 hours ago

    The German branch of Friends of Hebrew University is campaigning to make a walk-through model of Albert Einstein’s brain the centerpiece of a Frankfurt museum’s planned exhibit.

    The Senckenberg Museum for Natural Sciences is seeking public input for a modernization and expansion...

  • Man opens fire in German cinema complex, shot dead by police

    6 days ago

    A masked man opened fire in a cinema complex in the small western German town of Viernheim, near Frankfurt, on Thursday, German media reported.

    Police shot the man dead after elite forces stormed the complex, the Mannheimer Morgen newspaper reported, citing the interior minister...

  • Israel-German Congress aims to ensure support for Jewish state

    By  Orit Arfa

    1 week ago

    A year after the 50th anniversary celebrations of Israeli-German diplomatic relations, Israel advocates held the fourth Israel-German Congress in Frankfurt on June 19, expressing concern that Germany’s proclamations of support for Israel are becoming disingenuous. 


  • German lawmaker accused of anti-Semitism, Holocaust denial

    1 week ago

    A right-wing lawmaker in Germany accused of anti-Semitism in his writings has avoided being expelled from his party, at least for now.

    Dr. Wolfgang Gedeon will remain a voting member of the Baden-Württemberg state parliament with no party affiliation after temporarily waiving his...

  • Cemeteries initiative has preserved 70 Eastern European graveyards

    3 weeks ago

    A German-funded pilot program for protecting Eastern European Jewish cemeteries has helped preserve at least 70 graveyards since 2015, the effort’s initiators told Council of Europe delegates.

    The briefing Wednesday in Strasbourg about the European Jewish Cemeteries...

  • The Congressional Holocaust Survivors Resolution and Memorial Day

    By Lisa Ellen Niver

    May 29, 2016 | 8:24 am

    At the end of May, many Americans look forward to a three-day holiday weekend. Memorial Day began as a somber day of remembrance and has evolved for many to a first sign of summer and time for a barbecue. Over one million soldiers gave their lives in service of  the United States...

  • Israeli officials deny increased tensions with Germany following news report

    May 2, 2016 | 11:57 am

    Israeli government officials have denied Spiegel Online magazine’s recent report of increased tensions with Germany.

    Ties between German Chancellor Angela Merkel of the Christian Democratic Union Party and Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu are strong, according to Israel...

  • Former Auschwitz guard apologizes at trial, says it was ‘nightmare’

    April 29, 2016 | 8:17 am

    A 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard on trial in Germany apologized in court to victims on Friday, telling them he regretted being part of a "criminal organization" that had killed so many people and caused such suffering.

    "I'm ashamed that I knowingly let injustice happen and...

  • US, Germany: Golan Heights not part of Israel

    April 18, 2016 | 2:33 pm

    The United States and Germany both criticized Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s declaration that the Golan Heights “will forever remain part of Israeli sovereignty.”

    U.S. State Department spokesman John Kirby said Monday that the Obama administration does not consider the Golan...

  • Thanks to viral video, Holocaust survivor gets wish to sing at Detroit Tigers game

    April 8, 2016 | 11:21 am

    An 89-year-old Holocaust survivor will sing the American national anthem at a Detroit Tigers baseball game, after her granddaughter circulated a video of her that went viral.

    Amid a flood of requests on her behalf, the Tigers invited Hermina Hirsch to fulfill her bucket list wish...

  • Auschwitz guard’s death deprives survivors of justice they hoped for

    April 8, 2016 | 10:54 am

    The death of a former Auschwitz guard days before his trial in Germany has dashed the hopes of two elderly Jewish survivors of Nazi rule who wanted to see justice for their parents, who perished while the guard was on duty at the death camp.

    Israel Loewenstein, himself a...

  • Holocaust survivor, 92, hosts Reddit forum, describes hellish life in Nazi camps

    April 7, 2016 | 3:09 pm

    A 92-year-old survivor of seven German concentration camps participated in a Reddit Ask Me Anything question-and-answer session, detailing his harrowing near-death to liberation story.

    Henry Flescher of Aventura, Florida, participated in the forum with the help of his grandson,...

  • AP cooperated with Nazi regime, study finds

    March 31, 2016 | 2:27 pm

    The Associated Press formally cooperated with the Hitler regime, including providing material produced by the Nazis’ propaganda ministry, a German historian alleges in a new study.

    Historian Harriet Scharnberg, in an article published in German in the academic journal Studies in...

  • Germany arrests three suspects driving Belgian car

    March 22, 2016 | 2:09 pm

    German police on Tuesday arrested three people in a car with a Belgian license plate near the border with Austria and launched an investigation into whether they had planned to carry out an attack, a police spokesman said.

    The three suspects from Kosovo were arrested before the...

  • Angela Merkel defends German-Jewish leader fearful of Muslim refugees

    March 15, 2016 | 10:28 am

    Anti-Semitism in Germany, whether from natives or refugees, must be confronted by the government and civil society together, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said.

    Speaking Monday to more than 100 legislators from some 40 countries gathered in Berlin for the...

  • Germany launches new attempt to ban main neo-Nazi party

    March 2, 2016 | 3:38 pm

    Germany is trying again to ban the country’s main neo-Nazi party.

    Three days of hearings began Tuesday in Germany’s top court – the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe – to examine the constitutionality of outlawing the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany, or...

  • Facebook facing German antitrust investigation

    March 2, 2016 | 8:43 am

    Germany's cartel office is investigating Facebook for suspected abuse of market power over breaches of data protection laws in the first formal probe of the social network for violating competition rules.

    The watchdog said it suspected Facebook's terms of service regarding how...

  • The Middle East washes over Berlin

    February 23, 2016 | 2:59 pm

    It is said that art reflects life.  If so, the Middle East seems to be taking over Europe.

    The prestigious Berlinale, the annual Berlin International Film Festival that concluded its 11-superstar-packed days this weekend, made a sharp and strife-filled turn towards the...

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

    February 12, 2016 | 8:44 am

    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

    February 11, 2016 | 1:28 pm

    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

    February 11, 2016 | 11:19 am

    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

    February 10, 2016 | 3:40 pm

    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

    February 5, 2016 | 11:26 am

    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

    January 29, 2016 | 12:31 pm

    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

    January 26, 2016 | 11:29 am

    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

    January 26, 2016 | 10:03 am

    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’

    January 25, 2016 | 2:41 pm

    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...

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