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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…

  • 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…

  • 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….

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • German jailed for selling Scud missile parts to Iraq

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 26 (JTA) — A court here has sentenced two German businessmen for illegally exporting Scud missile parts to Iraq in the late 1980s. Gerhard Paul was sentenced to 38 months in jail, and his colleague, Hans Georg Friedrich, received a two-year suspended sentence. Friedrich must also pay a $15,500 fine to the city…

  • Nazi slave laborers buried

    BERLIN, April 20 (JTA) — An ecumenical ceremony has been held near here to bury the remains of 32 Jewish and non-Jewish slave laborers who died during the final days of World War II. The remains were discovered recently by construction workers at the former site of the Heinkel factory, which produced airplane parts. During…