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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…

  • Party in German coalition protests exhibit on Nazis

    BONN, Feb. 20 (JTA) — A party belonging to Germany’s governing coalition has denounced an exhibit that details a series of criminal acts carried out by the German army during World War II. The exhibit about the Wehrmacht, as Germany’s wartime army was known, is “an insult to millions of German soldiers and a defamation…

  • 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…

  • Berlin Holocaust memorial still surrounded by debate

    BONN, Jan. 21 (JTA) — A Berlin municipal official has added new heat to the ongoing controversy about a planned Holocaust memorial in Berlin. Peter Radunski, an official responsible for cultural affairs, told a recent colloquium on the memorial that the budget for the monument would not be increased and that the cornerstone would be…

  • Germany to stop paying some SS veteran pensions

    BONN, Feb. 25 (JTA) — The German government will stop paying pensions March 1 to some suspected war criminals who live outside Germany. But World War II Nazis who now reside in Germany will continue to receive the supplementary “victim pensions,” pending the reform of the 1950 law that made the payments possible in the…