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  • 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 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…

  • OP-ED Old prejudices hard to overcome even as Berlin builds a memorial

    BERLIN, July 6 (JTA) — I encountered the word “wucher,” or usurer, for the first time while interviewing people on the street about the planned Holocaust memorial for Berlin. It may sound strange — how does one get to the topic of usury when discussing a memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe? I am…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Memorial in Berlin does not end debate on guilt and remembrance

    BERLIN, June 28 (JTA) — A gray-haired man and woman stood at the wooden fence, reading the posters pasted onto its planks: “This is the site of Germany’s future memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe.” Behind the high wall is a sandy lot, big as several football fields, sprinkled with wild flowers and pools…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Jewish, German students broaden their knowledge about one another

    BERLIN, June 28 (JTA) — The German student laughed with embarrassment. She had just guessed that there are half a million Jews in Germany. “Actually, it is about 75,000,” said American student Leo Sorits, questionnaire in hand. “Don’t worry, I didn’t know the answer myself before today.” Sorits, a 20-year-old junior at Brooklyn College, is…

  • Opera’s ‘Moses’ finds connection with his own history through role

    CHEMNITZ, Germany, June 16 (JTA) — There is more than a minyan on stage: men in prayer shawls, women in head coverings, prophets and kings of the Torah. But out of 200 cast members of “The Eternal Road,” only one is openly Jewish. His name is Matteo De Monti, and he is Moses. “Here I…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD Eastern German town celebrates Jewish rebirth, stages Weill opera

    CHEMNITZ, Germany, June 16 (JTA) — Statues of eight boys once graced the facade of the high school here, sculpted images of perfection to be admired from below. But in 1936, the headmaster removed the top two statues and had them destroyed because they were modeled after a Jewish boy named Moritz. He and his…