Germany

The Demjanjuk Verdict In Historical Context

05/17/2011
Special To The Jewish Week

Last week, a German court confirmed that while John Demjanjuk may not have been Ivan the Terrible of Treblinka, he most certainly was Ivan the Very Bad of Sobibor.

Germany Ups Funds To Holocaust Survivors

04/05/2011

The German government will increase funds given to Holocaust survivors by 15 percent.

Jewish Funds for Justice Defends Soros’ Germany Comparison

02/22/2011

NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish Funds for Justice defended George Soros' comparison of Fox News to the propaganda efforts in 1930s Germany.

In comments Sunday on CNN, the billionaire financier and Holocaust survivor said that attacks on him by Fox host Glenn Beck are an attempt to deceive the public. It's hard to believe such falsehoods could be believed in a democracy, Soros said, invoking the historical comparison of Nazi Germany to warn of their dangers.

German Jews Are More Than Victims, New Community Chief Says

01/05/2011

BERLIN (JTA) -- Jews in Germany must stop emphasizing their role as victims and develop their positive Jewish identity, said Dieter Graumann, the new head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

Graumann, 60, told the Financial Times Deutschland in an end-of-the-year interview that while it is important to remember the Holocaust, Jews should not merely be seen as reminders of Germany's duty to never forget.

Germany Donates $80 Million to Maintain Auschwitz

12/16/2010

BERLIN (JTA) -- Germany has committed to a donation of $80 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, for the preservation and restoration of the memorial at the site of the Nazi concentration camp.

Germany’s contribution will be split between the federal government and the states, and will be disbursed in five annual installments, according to the German Foreign Ministry.

The contribution is by far the largest to the new foundation, which was established in 2009 with the aim of securing long-term financing for upkeep of the memorial.

U.S. Recruited More ex-Nazis Than Thought, New Report Claims

12/12/2010

(JTA) -- The United States recruited ex-Nazis and collaborators and helped them avoid prosecution in larger numbers than previously known, according to newly declassified documents.

The documents were released Dec. 10 in a 110-page government report published by the National Archives, according to The New York Times.

Of Rabbits And Mourning

Two short documentaries about German history complement each other surprisingly well.

12/08/2010
Special To The Jewish Week

Sometimes all it takes to make a short film work is a strong central metaphor. Consider the fascinating pairing of short documentaries about German history, “Rabbit a la Berlin” and “Loss,” opening at Film Forum on Dec. 8. Each is structured around a single overriding conceit and both rise or fall on the strength of that spine. Happily, both films are pretty effective and as a pair they complement one another surprisingly well despite a wild disparity in tone.

Rabbit a la Berlin

Deal Reached For Needy Survivors

After negotiations with Claims Conference, Germany doubles home care funds for the low-income elderly, ensuring ‘minimum standard’ of ‘dignity.’

12/07/2010
Staff Writer

At the age of 89, Holocaust survivor Joseph Friedman is finding it difficult to live alone in Flatbush.

Gregory Schneider

German Jews Elect First Leader Born After Holocaust

11/28/2010

BERLIN (JTA) -- For the first time, Jews in Germany have elected a representative, Dieter Graumann, born after the Holocaust.

The board of the Central Council of Jews in Germany unanimously elected Graumann, 60, to head the 60-year-old organization, at its meeting Sunday in Frankfurt.

Graumann, born to Holocaust survivors in Israel, succeeds Munich native Charlotte Knobloch, 78, who decided not to run again after four years in office.

Making History In Germany

11/23/2010

The Abraham Geiger College, Germany’s Reform rabbinical school, ordained three rabbis recently. All three, like most of the 100,000-plus Jews who have come to Germany in the last 30 years, are from the former Soviet Union, but one garnered most of the attention.

Ukraine-born Alina Treiger is the first female rabbi ordained in Germany since before the Holocaust.

The last one, Regina Jonas, died in Auschwitz in 1944. She was the first woman known to be ordained as a rabbi in modern times.

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