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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…

  • Restitution case may last a decade

    BONN, Dec. 15 (JTA) — A decade may pass before a Potsdam court is in a position to rule on the entire case of 19 Jews who seek the restitution of 850 plots of land, a judge in the case has said. A Potsdam administrative court began last week to hear testimony in the case,…

  • 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…

  • Neo-Nazi violence prompts pledge from German police

    BONN, Dec. 16 (JTA) — A recent wave of neo-Nazi violence that left 10 people injured has prompted police officials to vow they will take swift action against gatherings of right-wing extremists. In the most severe incident, a hostel for asylum-seekers was set on fire in the town of Neuburg in the German state of…