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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Ruling on Orthodox synagogue could impact German Jewish life

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 22 (JTA) – A ruling by a German federal court has the potential to change the way the Berlin Jewish community operates. It could also have considerable significance for the growing number of liberal groups that are forming throughout the country. The court ruled that the Orthodox congregation in Berlin, Adas Israel, founded…

  • Novelist slams German policy of putting refugees in prison

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 20 (JTA) – Germany’s policy of deporting refugees is an expression of latent xenophobia, according to the novelist Gunter Grass. Speaking at a ceremony held here Sunday honoring Turkish novelist Yesar Kemal, Grass said that more than 4,000 refugees, primarily from Turkey, Algeria and Nigeria, have been put in prison pending deportation, although…

  • Extremists driven by aggression, not political ideology, says report

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 19 (JTA) – Right-wing extremists in Germany are driven by youthful aggression more than by a particular program or ideology, according to a new report. The hate crimes and attacks against foreigners in Germany are committed mostly by young thugs with unresolved personal problems, the study says. The report, which was written by…

  • German electronics firm balks at compensating slave laborers

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 14 (JTA) – A leading German electronics manufacturer has announced it will not pay compensation to slave laborers forced to work for the company during World War II. Hermann Franz, chairman of Siemens’ supervisory board, said Sunday that the company deeply regretted the actions that took place during World War II in the…

  • German court hopes to avoid ruling on slave laborer claims

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 28 (JTA) – A German court is deliberating the case of 20 former Jewish slave laborers in a factory near Auschwitz who have asked the German government for compensation. But the presiding judge said last week that he hoped there would be a political solution to the problem before the court makes a…

  • Jews in Berlin protest effort to bar immigrants from Russia

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 28 (JTA) – The Berlin Jewish community has expressed concern over an attempt to prevent Russian Jewish immigrants from settling in a nearby town. In a statement, the leader of the Berlin Jewish community, Andreas Nachama, called the incident “a new and distressing climax in the German animosity toward Jews that many considered…

  • German army: Bar extremists

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 16 (JTA) – The German army wants to stop drafting recruits who have been sentenced for extremist activities. Officials have confirmed they are examining how to collect the criminal records of potential draftees. German law currently prevents government ministries from obtaining this type of information. The country’s Defense Ministry recently reported that right-wing…