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  • 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…

  • 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…