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  • German far-right parties fail to win parliamentary elections

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 28 (JTA) — None of Germany’s three leading far-right parties received enough votes to enter Parliament. The Republicans, German People’s Union and National Democrats each received less than 2 percent of the vote in the country’s national elections. Sunday’s election brought defeat for Chancellor Helmut Kohl of the Christian Democratic Party, who held…

  • Germans consider setting up survivors compensation fund

    BERLIN, Aug. 11 (JTA) — Deutsche Bank’s recent admission that it dealt with Nazi gold may add momentum to establish a central compensation fund in Germany for Holocaust survivors. The admission came with the release last month of an independent commission’s report detailing the bank’s wartime role. The bank, which has been in restitution negotiations…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Germany’s Jews weigh issues next government must address

    FRANKFURT, Aug. 9 (JTA) — Germany”s Jewish community has mixed feelings about a possible change of power in the Bonn government. Ironically, the man who started his long term in office 16 years ago by delivering stinging rebuffs to Jewish sensibilities has won respect over the years from Jewish and Israeli leaders. But should German…

  • German politician seeks funds for Holocaust museum in Berlin

    FRANKFURT, Aug. 5 (JTA) — As the controversy regarding a proposed Holocaust memorial in Germany rages on, a private group has called for the establishment of a museum here that would focus on the perpetrators. A “central museum is needed to depict not just the sufferings of the victims but the profiles of the perpetrators,”…

  • 3 teens held on suspicion of vandalism at Buchenwald

    BERLIN, Aug. 2 (JTA) — German authorities have arrested three teen-agers in connection with the desecration of a memorial sculpture at Buchenwald. The suspects are part of a group of youths in the eastern German town of Weimar that is connected to extremist organizations, authorities said. Two of them have previously been charged with bodily…

  • NEWS ANALYSIS Holocaust memorial proposal enters German election debate

    BERLIN, July 26 (JTA) — The debate about a proposed Holocaust memorial in Berlin has suddenly become a hot topic in Germany’s election campaign. The latest controversy, which extends a public debate that has raged off and on for about a decade, comes as a decision on the final design was expected — and could…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • German insurance firm to pay a few claims filed by survivors

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 14 (JTA) — A German insurance company has announced that it will settle only a tiny fraction of the 1,800 claims filed by Holocaust victims and their families. Allianz AG Holding said it will resolve seven insurance claims filed by the victims. But an Allianz spokesman made it clear last week that the…

  • Trial of suspected war criminal hinges on Ukrainian’s testimony

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 3 (JTA) — Germany has launched what may be one of its last trials of suspected war criminals. The trial revolves around the 1942 murders of 65 Jews — including about 20 children — by a Nazi paramilitary unit in a Ukrainian village. Ernst Hering, 75, stands charged with sealing off the village…