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  • 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….

  • 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…

  • Banks in Germany deny they knew about looted gold

    FRANKFURT, June 8 (JTA) — What did they know and when did they know it? That’s the question confronting two of Germany’s largest banks, which were named in an $18 billion class-action suit filed in New York last week by three Holocaust survivors. Two of the claimants, Harold Watman, 77, and Michael Schonberger, 69, are…

  • 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…

  • 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…