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  • Court orders historian to return documents, tapes on Riga Ghetto

    BERLIN, April 26 (JTA) — A bitter legal battle waged by Holocaust survivors against a renowned German historian appears to be nearing a conclusion this week, but it may be harder to heal the emotional wounds. A Berlin court last Tuesday ruled that Wolfgang Scheffler must return all remaining tape recordings and documents loaned to…

  • Polish victims of Nazism file lawsuits against German firms

    BERLIN, April 21 (JTA) — German firms have been hit with new class-action lawsuits, this time on behalf of all Polish victims of the Third Reich. The lawsuits, announced today by American lawyer Ed Fagan in Warsaw, place more pressure on the German companies that agreed in February to contribute to a fund for World…

  • BEHIND THE HEADLINES Berlin’s Jews celebrate rebirth as Germany’s Reichstag reopens

    BERLIN, April 20 (JTA) — For most Germans, Monday was the day that the nation’s renovated Parliament building, the Reichstag, reopened as a gleaming, glass-domed symbol of democracy spun from the wreckage of Nazism. The Parliament held its first session Monday in the renovated Reichstag, marking the return of the nation’s capital to Berlin. But…

  • AROUND THE JEWISH WORLD German Jews link Shoah memory with concern for Kosovar refugees

    BERLIN, April 13 (JTA) — As Jewish communities across Germany observed Holocaust Remembrance Day this week, their words of mourning mingled with fears about the killings and forcible deportations of ethnic Albanians from Kosovo. Concern about the fate of the Kosovar Albanians prompted the Central Council of Jews in Germany to create a fund totaling…

  • Female Lubavitch emissaries gather to share experiences

    New York Jewish Week NEW YORK, Feb. 23 (JTA) — Under a unified canopy of devotion, some 700 “shluchos” — female emissaries of the late Lubavitch Rebbe Menachem Schneerson — gathered in Crown Heights for four days of spiritual and social communing. Covering a broad range of topics, from “contemporary women’s issues” to “how to…