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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • 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…