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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….

  • Crowds greet opening of Jewish office in Berlin

    BERLIN, Feb. 9 (JTA) — Seldom has a mezuzah in Germany attracted as much attention as the one nailed this week to the door of the newly opened American Jewish Committee office here. There was such a crowd of television journalists and photographers jostling for a good vantage point that few of the invited guests…

  • Banks in Germany deny they knew about looted gold

    FRANKFURT, June 8 (JTA) — What did they know and when did they know it? That’s the question confronting two of Germany’s largest banks, which were named in an $18 billion class-action suit filed in New York last week by three Holocaust survivors. Two of the claimants, Harold Watman, 77, and Michael Schonberger, 69, are…

  • Another delay looming for German Holocaust memorial

    FRANKFURT, March 26 (JTA) — The process of selecting a design for Germany’s national Holocaust memorial may come to a grinding halt. Opposition by several leading German politicians to the construction of the Berlin memorial could halt the selection process for a winning design. As it is, the decision, which was expected this month, will…

  • Clinton raises neo- Nazism in visit with Germany’s Kohl

    FRANKFURT, May 18 (JTA) — The threat of increased racism in Germany has caught the attention of President Clinton. Clinton reportedly discussed the issue when he met last week with Chancellor Helmut Kohl during a two-day state visit to Germany. The president was said to have questioned Kohl closely about rising neo-Nazi violence and the…