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  • Talks stall on compensation for Eastern Europe survivors

    FRANKFURT, Nov. 30 (JTA) — Talks between German and Jewish officials for expanding compensation payments to Holocaust survivors appear to be deadlocked — just weeks before a final report is expected. Two special commissions made up of German government officials and representatives of the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany failed in meetings last…

  • Reparations talks with Germany fail to produce quick agreement

    FRANKFURT, Aug. 20 (JTA) — Jewish negotiators have failed in their effort to reach a quick agreement with Germany on reparations to Holocaust survivors living in Eastern Europe. Unable to secure a deal during talks in Bonn this week, the German government and a delegation of Holocaust survivors and Jewish officials of the Conference on…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Reform Judaism gains followers in country where it has its roots

    FRANKFURT, Aug. 17 (JTA) — More than half a century after nearly vanishing from the country where it began, Reform Judaism is making a comeback in Germany. “It is important to have Reform Jewish groups here so that women are no longer just observers, but can participate equally in services,”” says Marian Stein-Steinfeld, a member…

  • Germany drafting legislation to overturn Nazi-era verdicts

    FRANKFURT, July 22 (JTA) — Germans convicted of taking up arms against Hitler could have those verdicts overturned. That’s one of the provisions of a proposed law being drafted by the Bonn government. The law, which would overturn verdicts imposed by Nazi-era courts, could affect Jews who were victimized by the courts of the Third…

  • Sponsors of Berlin memorial reopen project design contest

    FRANKFURT, July 20 (JTA) — Nearly two years after they selected a winning entry, the sponsors of a planned monument in Berlin to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust have reopened the competition for the project’s design. The move reflects the long-standing difficulties surrounding the construction of a Holocaust monument in the German capital. The…

  • German chemical firm to probe role in World War II gold looting

    FRANKFURT, June 30 (JTA) — A German chemical firm has commissioned two independent investigations of its role in the Nazi looting of Jewish gold and silver during World War II. The announcement by Degussa signals a trend among German companies to respond more openly to growing public interest in the role of big business during…

  • Berlin Jewry envisions change with election of new chairman

    FRANKFURT, June 26 (JTA) — For the first time since World War II, Berlin’s Jewish community will be led by a member of the postwar generation. German Jewish leaders hope that the generational change will revitalize the Berlin Jewish community, the largest in Germany, and accelerate the integration of Russian Jews. This week, the Berlin…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Berlin’s Jews go to the polls to cast a vote for their future

    BERLIN, May 22 (JTA) — Jewish community elections in Germany are rarely covered in the German media. But the upcoming election in Berlin on June 1 has catapulted the city’s Jewish community into the center of nationwide media attention. The stories center on real estate scandals, alleged financial mismanagement of community funds, and embittered personal…

  • German insurer underwrote policies for SS-operated sites

    FRANKFURT, June 4 (JTA) — A leading German insurance company insured factories, barracks and motor pools operated by the SS in or near concentration camps during World War II, according to documents recently uncovered at the German federal archives. The Munich-based Allianz Group underwrote insurance for fire and property damage, often in cooperation with other…