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  • HOLIDAY FEATURE Serving food that conjures up memories of Sukkot from the past

    NEW YORK, Aug. 1 (JTA) — I can still picture the loosely constructed hut built behind my synagogue in New Rochelle, N.Y., every Sukkot. During my childhood, I’d reach for eggplants, red peppers and apples pinned to interior walls and hanging from branches entwined in its roof. I inhaled the scent of autumn air and…

  • Farmbelt Fuhrer’ is deported after serving four-year sentence

    FRANKFURT, March 23 (JTA) — Neo-Nazi Gary Lauck is being deported from Germany to the United States after serving a four-year sentence on hate crimes charges. Lauck, who comes from Lincoln, Neb., is known in the United States as the “Farmbelt Fuhrer” because of his Hitler mustache, his feigned German accent and his rabidly anti-Semitic…

  • Demonstrators press IG Farben to dissolve and pay war victims

    FRANKFURT, March 23 (JTA) — Shareholders of the company that produced the gas used at Nazi death camps are demanding that the firm liquidate itself immediately and distribute all the proceeds to former slave laborers forced to work for the company during the Nazi era. IG Farben’s liquidators recently proposed such a policy, but they…

  • German extremists rallying in effort to fight citizenship law

    FRANKFURT, March 1 (JTA) — Efforts to grant German citizenship to foreigners living in Germany are galvanizing the extreme right wing here. Indeed, police last weekend detained at least 94 people in an attempt to prevent clashes between right-wing groups and left-wing counter-demonstrators. About a thousand right-wing extremists marched in the eastern German city of…

  • 50 years after producing Zyklon-B, I.G. Farben to disband, pay victims

    FRANKFURT, Feb. 23 (JTA) — In a dramatic shift of previous company policy, officials with I.G. Farben said the firm will be completely liquidated within the next three years and part of the proceeds will be used to set up a compensation fund for Holocaust survivors The move comes nearly half a century after the…

  • German firms agree to participate in government-backed Shoah fund

    FRANKFURT, Feb. 16 (JTA) — Twelve major German companies have signed on to a proposed fund to compensate victims from the Holocaust era. The announcement comes at a time when German banks, insurance companies and manufacturers are under pressure to settle a group of class-action suits for compensation filed by survivors in the United States….

  • Exhibits on World War II spark conflict in Germany

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 26 (JTA) — Two controversial exhibits on the German army’s role during World War II have revealed the rifts in Germany over this issue. The largest clashes occurred after neo-Nazis scheduled a rally to protest an exhibit titled “The War of Extermination: Crimes of the Wehrmacht.” The city of Dresden banned the scheduled…

  • Berlin grants autonomy to its new Jewish museum

    FRANKFURT, March 25 (JTA) — Berlin authorities have decided to grant the city’s Jewish museum cultural autonomy, potentially ending a long-running dispute between the Berlin Jewish community and city officials. The agreement between the museum’s director, Michael Blumenthal, and Berlin cultural senator Peter Radunski gives the museum control over exhibitions and displays as well as…

  • German firm agrees to pay some former slave workers

    FRANKFURT, Feb. 1 (JTA) — A German metals and chemical firm is giving money to a small number of World War II slave workers. The money from Degussa AG, which admitted last year that it melted down gold and silver stripped from concentration camp victims, will go to former laborers at a factory in Poland…

  • New German party belittles reports of neo-Nazism in army

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 26 (JTA) — Leaders of a new right-wing party said recent reports of neo-Nazi incidents in the German army are exaggerated. The leaders of the party, Union of Free Citizens — Freedom Offensive, accused German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe of overreacting to the incidents, which include producing videos with anti-Semitic and racist content…