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  • 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 court orders probation for convicted former Nazi guard

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 23 (JTA) — A German court has given 20 months of probation to a man involved in the World War II murder of Jewish children in a Ukrainian village. The court found Ernst Hering, 75, guilty of guarding the site in Israelowka where 19 children under the age of 10 were shot or…

  • New German political party emulates Austrian extremists

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 15 (JTA) — A new extremist political party has surfaced in Germany — and its founder says he plans to use Europe’s most popular extremist party as his model. About 300 people gathered recently in the central German town of Kirchheim for the inauguration of the party, which is called Offensive for Germany…

  • 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…

  • University in Germany plans to display portrait of top Nazi

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 11 (JTA) — A German university plans to display a portrait of a leading Nazi ideologue, despite protests by Jewish community leaders. Karl Astel, who led the University of Jena from 1939 to 1945, was an ethnologist. But according to Wolfgang Nossen, president of the Jewish community of Thuringia, the German state in…

  • Neo-Nazi leader addressed German army officers in 1995

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 8 (JTA) — The revelation that a leading neo-Nazi gave a training lecture to army officers has rocked the German army — and forced German officials to scramble to respond. The German newsmagazine Der Spiegel reported in its most recent issue that neo-Nazi leader Manfred Roeder gave a lecture in 1995 at an…

  • French extremist reiterates claims minimizing Holocaust

    FRANKFURT, Dec. 8 (JTA) — Human rights groups say they will file charges against an extremist French politician for his remarks that Nazi gas chambers are a “detail of history.” At a news conference in Munich last Friday, Jean-Marie Le Pen also insisted that what happened at Auschwitz are minor historical events and that history…

  • 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…

  • 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…

  • German prosecutors probing right-wing extremism in army

    FRANKFURT, Oct. 27 (JTA) — The German federal prosecutor’s office has launched an investigation into the production by army members of racist and anti-Semitic videos amid reports that neo-Nazi propaganda is readily available in German barracks. Eight people, including two army officers, are under scrutiny for their role in producing the videos. The videos, which…