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  • Op-Ed: German law won’t stop debate on ritual circumcision

    Germany passing legislation to protect male circumcision for religious purposes affirmed the rights of religious minorities, writes an American Jewish Committee official there, but the debate is likely to continue — in Germany and Europe.

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES German youth behind campaign to aid former Nazi slave workers

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 17 (JTA) – Two years ago, when high school students in a city near here started researching the fate of 1,700 Hungarian Jewish women forced to work in their hometown as slave laborers during World War II, they had no idea their work would become a town project. Today, their effort to gain…

  • Memorial to Holocaust defaced as Germany marks Kristallnacht

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 9 (JTA) – At ceremonies marking the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht, leading German politicians reiterated the importance of commemorating the Nazi pogroms throughout Germany that helped pave the way for the Holocaust. At Monday’s ceremonies, they also welcomed the recent revival of Jewish life in Germany. Jewish leaders, however, warned of continuing signs…

  • Siemens follows V.W.’s lead in starting slave laborers fund

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 23 (JTA) – Another German firm has reversed course and agreed to establish a fund for slave laborers it employed during World War II. The announcement by the electronic giant Siemens of an $11.9 million fund to provide the humanitarian aid came just a year after the company rejected responsibility for compensation payments…

  • Volkswagen announces size of its fund for slave laborers

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 14 (JTA) – Following up on an earlier pledge, Volkswagen has established an $11.7 million fund to compensate Holocaust survivors who were forced to work as slave laborers during World War II. Payments could begin as early as the end of this year, company officials said. The amount of compensation given to applicants…

  • Germany decides to stop paying pensions to ex-Nazi war criminals

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 17 (JTA) – Germany has bowed to public pressure and said it would stop paying disability pensions to World War II veterans suspected of being war criminals. The parliamentary vote amending a 1950 law that made the pensions available to veterans of Germany’s wartime army came in response to months of mounting charges…

  • Russian immigrants redefine, reinvigorate Jews in Germany

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 16 (JTA) – Seven years ago, dozens of German Jewish communities were on the verge of dissolution. They had no rabbis, cantors or religious instructors, and had difficulty assembling a minyan. Today many of those same communities have tripled membership, hired rabbis and Jewish instructors, and are renting or building more spacious sanctuaries….

  • Kristallnacht events slated as annual reminder for Germans

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 3 (JTA) – The sounds of Nazis shattering glass panes, setting synagogues on fire and shouting anti-Semitic slogans still reverberate in Germany – 59 years after an unforgettable night of terror. Hundreds of events throughout Germany, scheduled by local governments and private organizations on Nov. 9, will commemorate Kristallnacht, the night of broken…

  • Former Nazi slave laborers lose bid for German amends

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 5 (JTA) – A German court has upheld its government’s policy of rejecting compensation claims by former Nazi slave laborers. Wednesday’s ruling by a Bonn district court was a defeat for the thousands of Holocaust survivors who worked under the Nazis’ forced- labor system. The judges ruled that German law already provides compensation…

  • Sachsenhausen museum dedicates exhibit to camp’s Jewish victims

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 10 (JTA) – A exhibit devoted to Jewish Holocaust victims has opened at the Sachsenhausen concentration camp near Berlin amid concerns that right-wing extremism is growing among German youth. A ceremony dedicating the exhibit on Sunday was one of hundreds of events across Germany that marked Kristallnacht, the nationwide outbreak of Nazi-organized terror…