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  • 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…

  • In wake of study, bank mulls compensation fund for survivors

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 31 (JTA) — A German bank has announced it will consider making compensation to Holocaust survivors. The announcement came after an independent study showed that the Dresdner Bank traded in Nazi-looted gold, much of which had been looted from Holocaust victims. But the report, compiled by the Dresden-based Hannah Arendt Institute for Research…

  • German Holocaust memorial day marked with state ceremonies and controversies

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 27 (JTA) — Four years after its introduction, Germany’s national day to commemorate the Holocaust is sparking debates about history and memory. The Jan. 27 commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day, which coincides with the anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz by Soviet troops in 1945, was highlighted by a ceremony held in the…

  • Despite unanswered questions, Berlin’s Jewish museum to open

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 21 (JTA) — After six years of construction, a prolonged debate about administrative control and numerous delays, Berlin’s Jewish museum will be officially dedicated this weekend. As of Feb. 5, visitors will be able to tour on weekends the unusual zigzag- shaped building — designed by Polish Israeli architect Daniel Libeskind — which…

  • German Holocaust memorial gets snared in new objections

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 20 (JTA) — Within days after a new design for a national Holocaust memorial was hailed as the solution to a decade-long controversy surrounding the project, German officials are now questioning whether there will be enough political consensus to move forward. Debate is also growing over just who should make the final decision…

  • Plan emerges for Berlin memorial, but Parliament must give final okay

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 19 (JTA) — German Jewish leaders are welcoming a compromise decision reached over the weekend to build a combined Holocaust monument and research center in Berlin. But the details of the plan remain sketchy, and the new plan still has to be approved by the German Parliament. The plan, which was negotiated by…

  • Germany begins payments to survivors in Eastern Europe

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 31 (JTA) — Fulfilling a landmark agreement reached one year ago, Germany has begun making monthly pension payments to Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe. About 800 survivors, mainly in the Czech Republic and Baltic countries, have already begun receiving the payments of some $150 per month, according to Karl Brozik, director of…

  • Germany weighs Jewish security after bomb rocks Berlin cemetery

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 21 (JTA) — The destruction of the gravestone of one of German Jewry’s most prominent postwar leaders has triggered a discussion in Germany on the security of Jewish institutions and the spread of right-wing extremism. The director of the city’s department of the interior, Eckart Werthebach, said the bomb that destroyed the tombstone…

  • German Jewish leader, author meet to resolve Holocaust debate

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 15 (JTA) — After tossing public verbal accusations at each other for two months, a German Jewish leader and a leading German novelist have finally met to discuss their opposing views on preserving the memory of the Holocaust. And though the personal relationship between Ignatz Bubis and Martin Walser improved during their four-hour…