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  • 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…

  • Germany agrees to increase payments to some survivors

    FRANKFURT, June 23 (JTA) — Thousands of Jewish Holocaust survivors could be eligible for additional compensation from Germany. Under a recently negotiated agreement, qualified survivors could receive about $290 a month. The accord, reached between the German government and the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany, eases the criteria for receiving such assistance. Those…

  • German insurance firm hires U.S. scholar to probe Nazi ties

    FRANKFURT, June 22 (JTA) — A leading German insurance company has named an American historian to research the firm’s past ties to Nazi activities. Gerald Feldman, director of the Center for German and European Studies at the University of California at Berkeley, will investigate the Allianz Group’s cooperation with Nazi officials and institutions during World…

  • Post-Holocaust generation elected to lead Berlin Jewry

    FRANKFURT, June 4 (JTA) — Berlin’s Jewish community has elected a new generation of leaders. As a result of Sunday’s elections, the new community parliament consists mainly of delegates born after World War II. They will take over the leadership of Germany’s largest Jewish community from the generation of Holocaust survivors who re- established the…

  • 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…