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  • 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…

  • Clinton raises neo- Nazism in visit with Germany’s Kohl

    FRANKFURT, May 18 (JTA) — The threat of increased racism in Germany has caught the attention of President Clinton. Clinton reportedly discussed the issue when he met last week with Chancellor Helmut Kohl during a two-day state visit to Germany. The president was said to have questioned Kohl closely about rising neo-Nazi violence and the…

  • 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…

  • Violence erupts in Germany outside controversial exhibit

    FRANKFURT, Feb. 1 (JTA) — A World War II exhibit that has been traveling around Germany for the past four years still manages to generate heated debate – – and worse. Violence erupted Saturday when some 1,000 German neo-Nazis clashed with 500 counter-demonstrators outside the exhibit, currently on display in the northern German city of…

  • 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…