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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…

  • Israel denies far- right Germans entry on Kristallnacht anniversary

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 10 (JTA) – Israel has refused entry to a group of alleged neo-Nazis traveling on a Lufthansa flight. After a forced landing in Istanbul, Turkey, the group of self-described far-right Germans returned to Frankfurt on Tuesday instead of continuing on to Israel. The group’s trip coincided with the 60th anniversary commemorations of Kristallnacht,…

  • 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…

  • Former U.S. treasury official to head Berlin Jewish Museum

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 19 (JTA) – A former official in the Carter administration has been named to head Berlin’s new Jewish museum. W. Michael Blumenthal, a German-born Jew, was U.S. treasury secretary from 1977 to 1979. He has no experience in the museum world. But German officials hope the 72-year-old international finance expert can use his…

  • 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….

  • Court upholds musician’s firing for behavior during Israel tour

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 9 (JTA) – A German court has upheld the firing of a Berlin Opera employee for his offensive behavior in Israel. Gerd Reinke, who was a musician with the opera company when it toured Israel last May, was dismissed after he signed a hotel bar bill with the name “Adolf Hitler.” The bassist…