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  • Germany mixes memories of evil and triumph

    While headlines in Berlin trumpeted the 10th anniversary of the Berlin Wall’s fall on Tuesday, the Kaddish, the traditional Jewish prayer for the dead, was chanted by Berlin’s senior cantor. As modern right-wing extremism rises in Germany, the anniversary

  • Germans halt exhibit on Hitler’s army

    BERLIN, Nov. 4 (JTA) — A controversial exhibit on Hitler’s army will not come to New York next month because some of the show’s exhibits may actually depict victims of the Soviet secret service. The exhibit, which is meant to illustrate the role ordinary German soldiers played in the Holocaust, includes photographs, letters and other…

  • Slave labor talks may be nearing end

    BERLIN, Nov. 3 (JTA) — Negotiators attempting to create a compensation fund for Nazi-era slave and forced laborers have all but engaged in a full-fledged street fight. But despite the current climate of the talks, the sparring may just be the storm before a final calm. “An agreement is closer than you might expect” and…

  • TEN YEARS AFTER THE WALL Diversity among German Jews shows how far community has come

    BERLIN, Oct. 12 (JTA) — The opening of a new school for Jewish teachers in eastern Berlin is being hailed as a sign of the variety and maturity of post-Holocaust Jewish life in Germany. The Lauder Judisches Lehrhaus, which aims to train a new generation of Jewish educators for a community sorely in need of…

  • Berlin rabbi overcomes skepticism, Holocaust memories to lead school

    BERLIN, Oct. 12 (JTA) — Rabbi Chaim Rozwaski lives with his wife, Roberta, in a colorful, busy section of eastern Berlin, on the edge of a wave of gentrification. It is a mixed neighborhood, but still it is unusual to see an obviously Jewish-looking person, with full white beard and hat, walking down the street….

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Germany continues its atonement by inviting Barak to the new Berlin

    BERLIN, Sept 2 (JTA) — Sixty years after the start of World War II, Germany’s chancellor has announced that Israel’s prime minister will be the first foreign leader to officially visit the rededicated capital of a reunified Germany. The visit is planned for Sept. 21, one day after the end of Yom Kippur, the Jewish…

  • Firm that made death camp gas creates fund for ex-slave laborers

    BERLIN, Aug. 18 (JTA) — Shareholders of the firm that produced the gas used to killed millions in Nazi death camps have voted overwhelmingly to create a $1.6 million fund to compensate former slave laborers. The money will be taken from the remaining assets of IG Farben, which was disbanded by the Allies after World…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES German Jewish leader is mourned as one who warned and reached out

    BERLIN, August 15 (JTA) — A man who witnessed the near destruction of German Jewry in the Holocaust, but survived to help preside over its renaissance died last Friday at the age of 72. In keeping with his wishes, Ignatz Bubis, the outspoken and respected leader of Germany’s Jewish community, was buried Sunday in Tel…

  • Return of van Gogh latest in series of decisions on Holocaust restitution

    BERLIN, Aug. 5 (JTA) — German officials have returned a van Gogh drawing to the heir of a Jewish collector forced by the Nazis to sell his art holdings at a fraction of their value. The move, which came more than 60 years after the drawing was subjected to a forced sale, was one of…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Jews will always remain outsiders in Germany, community leader says

    BERLIN, Aug. 3 (JTA) — The man whom many call the conscience of Germany has announced that he has failed. In an interview with the newsweekly Stern, Ignatz Bubis gave a somber, often pessimistic assessment of his efforts to bring Jewish and non-Jewish Germans closer and to insure that the Holocaust is never forgotten. Bubis,…