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  • 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…

  • 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…

  • AJCommittee’s Berlin branch aiding Turks living in Germany

    BERLIN, Aug. 22 (JTA) — In an act of support for the largest community of Turks outside Turkey, the Berlin branch of the American Jewish Committee is donating $25,000 to a Turkish group to aid victims of last week’s earthquake. In all, the American Jewish Committee is giving $250,000 to the relief effort. “This is…

  • 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…

  • German Jewish council to sue man who defaced leader’s grave

    BERLIN, Aug. 18 (JTA) — The Central Council of Jews in Germany is planning to sue the Israeli man who poured black paint into the open grave of ex-council President Ignatz Bubis in Tel Aviv on Sunday. The lawsuit against Meir Mendelssohn was expected to have been filed in a Frankfurt court by the end…