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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….

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Opening of Jewish office is hottest ticket in Berlin

    BERLIN, Feb. 10 (JTA) — The hottest ticket in Berlin this week was an invitation to the gala dinner to celebrate the inauguration of the American Jewish Committee”s European office here. The event attracted more than 500 American and German government officials, businessmen, and community leaders. It was accompanied by a media blitz, including lead…

  • Ex-SS officer may be extradited

    FRANKFURT, June 14 (JTA) — The German state of Bavaria has stripped an 86-year-old former SS officer of his German citizenship, opening the way for him to be deported to the Czech Republic. Czechoslovakia sentenced Anton Malloth in absentia to death in 1948 for killing prisoners at the Theresienstadt Ghetto. After World War II, Malloth…

  • German police raid extremists

    FRANKFURT, March 29 (JTA) — German police have confiscated a cache of weapons in raids on the homes of suspected right-wing extremists. The raids were conducted in connection with investigations related to the desecrations of Jewish cemeteries. Police said one of the pistols they found was used in an attack on a Turkish fast-food restaurant…

  • Berlin Jewish chief protests Holocaust memorial designs

    BERLIN, Feb. 12 (JTA) — A German Jewish leader has joined the growing chorus of voices protesting the final designs for a national Holocaust monument here. Andreas Nachama, the head of Berlin’s Jewish community, said the four finalists in the competition produced designs that lack focus. He also criticized the plans for their lack of…