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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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Far-right party’s success sounds alarms in Germany

    BERLIN, April 27 (JTA) — Alarm bells are sounding after a right-wing party scored an unexpectedly strong showing in a German state election. Five months before German national elections, the German People’s Union on Sunday scored the largest percentage of the vote won by a far-right party in any state election held in the country…

  • Right-wing extremist parties make presence felt in Germany

    BERLIN, May 4 (JTA) — The specter of right-wing extremism is haunting the German political landscape. Fears of a resurgence of the extreme right, stoked by the results of a recent state election, were heightened when thousands of German neo-Nazis held a May Day rally in Leipzig, where they blasted Chancellor Helmut Kohl for not…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Germany to compensate survivors in Eastern Europe

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 12 (JTA) — Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe will finally receive direct financial compensation from Germany. Under an agreement reached between Germany and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany announced Monday, the Bonn government will pay about $27 million a year for the next four years into a fund that…

  • AJCommittee opens in Berlin to deepen German-Jewish ties

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 13 (JTA) — More than 50 years after the Holocaust, the American Jewish world is coming to Germany. On Feb. 9, the American Jewish Committee will officially open its office in Berlin — the first German branch of a major American Jewish organization. The office will help facilitate Jewish-German relations, bring American and…