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  • 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…

  • German firm offers settlement

    FRANKFURT, March 25 (JTA) — A German insurance firm has announced that it wants to reach an out-of-court settlement with Holocaust victims. The chairman of Allianz AG’s board of directors, Gerhard Rupprecht, said the settlement would cover claims from Jewish customers whose policies were confiscated or terminated during the Nazi era. The company opened a…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • Four teens arrested for salute

    FRANKFURT, March 25 (JTA) — German police have arrested four teen-agers for giving the Nazi salute at the former concentration camp of Sachsenhausen. The teens later accosted a visitor who tried to photograph them. Police said the four came from the Berlin area. In February, employees at Sachsenhausen, located in eastern Germany, discovered right-wing slogans…

  • Exhibits on World War II spark conflict in Germany

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 26 (JTA) — Two controversial exhibits on the German army’s role during World War II have revealed the rifts in Germany over this issue. The largest clashes occurred after neo-Nazis scheduled a rally to protest an exhibit titled “The War of Extermination: Crimes of the Wehrmacht.” The city of Dresden banned the scheduled…

  • Berlin grants autonomy to its new Jewish museum

    FRANKFURT, March 25 (JTA) — Berlin authorities have decided to grant the city’s Jewish museum cultural autonomy, potentially ending a long-running dispute between the Berlin Jewish community and city officials. The agreement between the museum’s director, Michael Blumenthal, and Berlin cultural senator Peter Radunski gives the museum control over exhibitions and displays as well as…

  • German firm agrees to pay some former slave workers

    FRANKFURT, Feb. 1 (JTA) — A German metals and chemical firm is giving money to a small number of World War II slave workers. The money from Degussa AG, which admitted last year that it melted down gold and silver stripped from concentration camp victims, will go to former laborers at a factory in Poland…

  • New German party belittles reports of neo-Nazism in army

    FRANKFURT, Jan. 26 (JTA) — Leaders of a new right-wing party said recent reports of neo-Nazi incidents in the German army are exaggerated. The leaders of the party, Union of Free Citizens — Freedom Offensive, accused German Defense Minister Volker Ruehe of overreacting to the incidents, which include producing videos with anti-Semitic and racist content…

  • German ban on group upheld

    FRANKFURT, March 25 (JTA) — A German court has upheld a government ban on a right-wing extremist group known as the National Front. The group was banned in 1992 by the Interior Ministry for its racist and anti- Semitic views and for its support of Nazi ideology. German laws forbid organizations that propagate Nazi doctrine….