Germany

Grassyards and Anti-Grassyards: Notes on The Gunter Grass Affair

In the war waging over Gunter Grass—the Nobel Prize winning German author, teenage Nazi soldier, and author of a poem denouncing Israel’s threats on Iran—it’s hard to tell whose national psyche is more scarred.  In Germany, where Grass, 84, published the poem, translated into English as “What Must Be Said,” the intellectual landscape has been virtual

Nazi Hunter Eyes German Presidency

02/27/2012 - 19:00

Veteran Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld has jumped into the German political fray as an alternative candidate for president.

Her decision to run comes amid growing criticism of the sole nominee — Joachim Gauck, a former East German anti-communist activist who later was the first to head the post-unification commission investigating the archives of the East German secret police. Gauck is coming under increasing criticism over his views on Holocaust remembrance.

Survivors’ Group Lauds Germany For Plan To Fight Anti-Semitism

01/23/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A U.S.-based group of Holocaust survivors is commending Germany on its determination to fight “deep-rooted” anti-Semitism at home.

Survivors’ Group Lauds Germany For Plan To Fight Anti-Semitism

01/23/2012 - 19:00

(JTA) -- A U.S.-based group of Holocaust survivors is commending Germany on its determination to fight “deep-rooted” anti-Semitism at home.

Report: Israel's Release Of Palestinian Taxes Was Condition For German Sub Sale

12/03/2011 - 19:00

Israel released withheld tax money to the Palestinian Authority after Germany said it was a condition for purchasing a submarine, a German newspaper is reporting.

Germany told Israel it would not complete the sale of a sixth Dolphin submarine to Israel unless it made the concession, Germany’s Welt am Sonntag reported Sunday. The sale was approved on Nov. 30, the same day Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu said he would release the $100 million in tax revenue collected by Israel for the PA.

MK Einat Wilf On Being Intermarried But Not Interfaith

As promised, my interview with intermarried, up-and-coming Knesset member Einat Wilf is now online, so please check it out.

In case you just want to read the in-the-mix-related highlights, I excerpt them below. Interestingly, she insists that her marriage is not interfaith, because she and her German husband share the same faith: atheism. Although I'm not atheist myself, as a very liberal agnostic, I wish American politicians could get away with this kind of unapologetic, completely un-closeted atheism.

A Claims Conference Report To The Community

07/25/2011 - 20:00
Special To The Jewish Week

Within the past year, the Claims Conference has obtained approximately $700 million in pledged funding from the German government for homecare for Holocaust victims through 2014, the result of intensive and prolonged negotiations with one focus: to provide the help that Nazi victims need in order to remain living in their own homes for as long as possible. Having been abandoned by the world in their youth, the Claims Conference has been determined that they shall not also be abandoned in their final years.

Julius Berman

Claims Conference Expects To Recover Only 2 Percent Of Fraudulent Payments

07/19/2011 - 20:00
Staff Writer

Officials of the Conference on Material Claims Against Germany say they expect to recover less than $1 million of the $50 million in fraudulent Holocaust claims on behalf of Germany, which has now hired an accounting firm to conduct a broad audit, the Jewish Week has learned.

Run Silent, Run Deep, Run German

Today’s Israeli Navy defends its nation’s shores in German-built U-Boats, and Germany’s Luftwaffe is flying Israeli-built aircraft. Now the word is the two countries are going to collaborate on developing smart missiles that could some day be used by the Saudi Air Force.

Israel, Germans Work For Shalit's Release on 5th Anniversary

06/25/2011 - 20:00

Efforts are intensifying for the release of Israeli hostage Gilad Shalit on the fifth anniversary of his capture by the terrorist organization Hamas.

Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu announced that Israel had accepted a German-mediated deal for Shalit's release, and was awaiting Hamas' response.

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