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  • Newly discovered human ashes at Buchenwald camp laid to rest

    FRANKFURT, Sept. 3 (JTA) — Hundreds of unknown victims of the Buchenwald concentration camp have finally found a resting place. More than 700 urns containing human ashes were found in May by carpenters working on the roof of the crematorium at the camp, located on a mountain near Weimar, about 125 miles southwest of Berlin….

  • German insurance association may set up fund for survivors

    FRANKFURT, Aug. 24 (JTA) — A national German insurance association has announced that it may establish a general compensation fund for Holocaust survivors and their heirs. A spokesman for the association, Gesamtverband der Deutschen Versicherungswirtschaft, told a German radio network that a decision will be made after member companies investigate the extent of open claims….

  • 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…

  • Victim of right-wing attack decries pace of investigation

    FRANKFURT, July 21 (JTA) — German novelist Gunter Grass has accused prosecutors in the northern German city of Lubeck of deliberately obstructing their investigation of a recent series of right-wing extremist attacks. Several weeks ago, the walls of Grass’s Lubeck office were smeared with swastikas. But Grass later said that police did not develop pictures…

  • City of Nuremberg honors arms manufacturer for Nazis

    FRANKFURT, July 21 (JTA) — The city of Nuremberg’s decision to honor a major arms manufacturer for the Nazis has spurred demonstrations and clashes. At a ceremony last week at the Nuremberg Parliament, the city’s conservative government praised 90-year-old Karl Diehl for his business accomplishments and for his generous sponsorship of projects aimed at rebuilding…

  • 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…

  • Wave of arson sweeps across northern Germany in past month

    FRANKFURT, July 2 (JTA) — A wave of mysterious church burnings has swept across northern Germany in the past month. In the most recent attack last week, the culprits set a room in the community center of a church in the town of Lubeck on fire. They also scrawled three swastikas on a wall of…

  • 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…