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  • California rabbis find Germans need more Holocaust education

    BONN, July 27 (JTA) — When Rabbi Abner Weiss was invited to visit Germany, he gave a non-committal response. The German consul in Los Angeles asked him: “Don’t you travel abroad?” “I certainly do,” Weiss answered. “But when it comes to Germany, I have 6 million reasons for not visiting.” Weiss, of the Beth Jacob…

  • Struggles among German Jews sometimes end up in civil court

    BERLIN, July 23 (JTA) — The influx of Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union into Germany is causing some fierce power and legal struggles — some of which are landing in German courts. In some cases, the disputes have revolved around the Jewishness of the newcomers, but the main conflicts seem to center around…

  • Germany honors anti-Nazi officers

    BONN, July 20 (JTA) — Germany has honored a group of army officers on the 54th anniversary of their unsuccessful attempt to kill Hitler. Rita Sussmuth, the president of the lower house of the German Parliament, said at a Berlin military ceremony Monday that the assassination attempt was a reminder of German opposition to the…

  • German official’s comments on foreigners sparks outrage

    BERLIN, July 13 (JTA) — The leader of Germany’s Jewish community has accused a leading political official of employing a Nazi-like selection process to determine which foreigners should be eligible to remain in the country. In an interview with the Hamburg-based news magazine Stern, Ignatz Bubis lashed out at a recent declaration by Joachim Herrmann,…

  • Neo-Nazis intimidating travelers in German town

    BERLIN, July 12 (JTA) — Neo-Nazis have taken control of several sites in a town northeast of Berlin, according to the German newspaper Suddeutsche Zeitung. The paper dispatched a correspondent to Eberswalde after neo-Nazis said they had “liberated” the town — a claim denied by German security officials. Among the correspondent’s findings: * Armed neo-Nazis…

  • Court rules that Lodz Ghetto tailor qualifies for state pension

    BONN, June 19 (JTA) — A court’s ruling that a Jew who worked in the Lodz Ghetto qualifies for German state pensions could serve as a precedent for hundreds of similar cases pending in German courts. The ruling, by the Federal Court for Social Matters in Kassel, came in the case of a 75-year-old woman…

  • German party to review Nazi pensions

    BONN, Feb. 2 (JTA) — The junior partner in the conservative government of German Chancellor Helmut Kohl said this week that it would look into finding a way to stop Nazi war criminals from receiving German state pensions. Leaders of the Free Democratic Party also said Sunday that their first step would be to consult…

  • Dutch veterans of SS units seek pensions from Germany

    BONN, Feb. 11 (JTA) — A group of German parliamentarians is seeking to block the continued payment of special pensions to people they claim are Nazi war criminals. Their outraged call for an amended law comes amid reports that the Labor Ministry has received in recent days hundreds of applications for state pensions from Dutch…

  • German official’s remarks mars Holocaust Day events

    BONN, Jan. 28 (JTA) — Dozens of commemoration ceremonies took place across Germany to mark the second national observance of Holocaust Day. Last year, President Roman Herzog called for the annual observance memorializing Holocaust victims to fall on Jan. 27, the date of the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp 52 years ago. Monday’s commemorations…

  • Author of controversial book on wartime Germany honored

    BONN, Jan. 12 (JTA) — The Bonn-based Journal for German and International Politics has decided to award author Daniel Goldhagen its annual Democracy Prize. In a statement, the journal said Goldhagen, more than any other scholar, stirred the conscience of the German public with his book “Hitler’s Willing Executioners.” In August, the book sold out…