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  • 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,…

  • German chancellor to get involved in issue of slave-labor compensation

    BERLIN, Aug. 3 (JTA) — German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has announced he will meet Sept. 6 with German industry representatives involved in creating a multibillion-dollar fund for Nazi- era slave and forced laborers. The announcement underscores the likelihood that the targeted deadline of Sept. 1 will not be met in the ongoing negotiations, which involve…

  • Concentration camp memorial artist is used to having his work vandalized

    BERLIN, August 3 (JTA) — When he got the news that his Holocaust memorial sculpture had been damaged last week in Weimar, British artist Stuart Wolfe wasn’t surprised. Since his installation first appeared in Berlin four years ago, its components — 16 tall human figures of wood and plaster on iron skeletons — have been…

  • German chancellor to get involved in issue of slave-labor compensation

    BERLIN, Aug. 2 (JTA) — German Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder has announced he will meet Sept. 6 with German industry representatives involved in creating a multibillion-dollar fund for Nazi- era slave and forced laborers. The announcement underscores the likelihood that the targeted deadline of Sept. 1 will not be met in the ongoing negotiations, which involve…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES New German slave-labor negotiator raises hopes for a quick end to talks

    BERLIN, July 25 (JTA) — The naming of a new German government representative to participate in talks aimed at compensating Nazi-era slave laborers has created hopes for speedy conclusion of those negotiations. And given the sensitive nature of the talks — which bring together 16 of Germany’s leading industrial firms and representatives of Holocaust survivors…

  • Germany dedicates more money to preserving concentration camps

    BERLIN, July 25 (JTA) — Through a badly needed financial boost to concentration camp memorials, the government is committing Germans of the next century to carry on the process of remembrance. Michael Naumann, cultural adviser to Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder, said last Friday that funding to memorials “at authentic locations” will increase from $16 million in…

  • Germany criticized for dragging feet as deadline for slave labor talks looms

    BERLIN, July 20 (JTA) — Jewish leaders here are charging the German government with dragging its feet in talks over compensation for Nazi-era slave laborers. They charge that Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder threw a wrench into negotiations between German companies and representatives of Holocaust survivors over a multibillion-dollar compensation fund when he removed experienced German negotiator…

  • German and Jewish organizations cooperate for humanitarian cause

    BERLIN, July 19 (JTA) — In what is being called the first joint Jewish-German humanitarian project since World War II, $120,000 in medical equipment will be flown to a Macedonian refugee camp for Kosovars. The American Jewish Committee and the Johanniter-Unfall-Hilfe, a social welfare organization connected to the Protestant order of St. John, announced Monday…