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  • Germany: ‘We will never forget your suffering

    BERLIN, Dec. 20 (JTA) — Noah Flug was a teen-ager when he was forced to help build a bomb-proof underground factory in Germany. “There were 20,000 people there from 19 nations — and every week 500 died.” Born in Lodz, Poland, Flug survived 68 months in ghettos and concentration camps. Now 74, he serves as…

  • Slave labor deal only the beginning

    Nazi-era slave and forced laborers will get $5.2 billion in compensation, but Germany is only beginning to deal with its past. Jewish observers say no amount of financial compensation can replace a direct German confrontation with its own history. Said on

  • Slave labor deal only the beginning

    Nazi-era slave and forced laborers will get $5.2 billion in compensation, but Germany is only beginning to deal with its past. Jewish observers say no amount of financial compensation can replace a direct German confrontation with its own history. Said on

  • Slave-labor deal postponed again

    BERLIN, Dec. 8 (JTA) — Another deadline has come and gone in the negotiations to create a compensation fund for Nazi-era slave laborers. Germany had been waiting for an official U.S. response to a $4.2 billion offer the German government and a group of German companies proposed last month to create the fund. But on…

  • Jewish group names slave-labor firms

    BERLIN, Dec. 7 (JTA) — The American Jewish Committee has compiled the largest known list of German companies that used slave workers during the Nazi era. The list, which contains 257 company names, is expected to put pressure on Germany and German firms negotiating a fund to compensate slave laborers. The organization publicized the list…

  • European Jewish magazine launched

    BERLIN, Dec. 1 (JTA) — A new Jewish magazine launched here is designed to bring together European Jewish voices under one umbrella. The magazine is named Golem, after the mythical man-like creature created with kabbalistic invocations by the famous 17th-century Rabbi Judah Loew of Prague. Britta Juergs, a Golem editor, said the publication’s goals are…

  • Sides move closer to slave labor deal

    BERLIN, Nov. 17 (JTA) — A round of talks aimed at creating a compensation fund for Nazi-era slave laborers has ended on an optimistic note — but with no agreement yet. Representatives of Holocaust survivors, the German, U.S. and Eastern European governments and some 50 German companies narrowed their differences during two days of talks…

  • Berlin church atones for anti-Jewish crime

    Congregants in a Berlin church are asking God’s forgiveness for a crime committed against Jews nearly five centuries ago. In 1590, 35 Jews were burned to death at the Marien Church on charges of having desecrated a Communion wafer and using the blood of a

  • Berlin church atones for anti-Jewish crime

    Congregants in a Berlin church are asking God’s forgiveness for a crime committed against Jews nearly five centuries ago. In 1510, 35 Jews were burned to death at the Marien Church on charges of having desecrated a Communion wafer and using the blood of a

  • Germany ups contribution to slave fund

    BERLIN, Nov. 15 (JTA) — Once-firm positions appeared to be easing as talks were set to resume on a compensation fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers. On Monday, Germany announced that it plans to increase its contribution to the fund to $1.6 billion. The government’s 50 percent increase over its previous offer came on…