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.

World ORT Meets in Berlin, Site of its Founding

05/29/2011 - 20:00

BERLIN (JTA) - For the first time since World War II, World ORT has gathered its leadership at the site of its former world headquarters in Berlin.

The charitable organization, which focuses on vocational training and rehabilitation, invited 97 people from 23 countries to attend a two-day board of representatives meeting which ended Monday in Berlin, the city from which its students and teachers were deported to Auschwitz some 68 years ago..

The Demjanjuk Verdict In Historical Context

05/16/2011 - 20:00
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

04/04/2011 - 20:00

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

Jewish Funds for Justice Defends Soros’ Germany Comparison

02/21/2011 - 19:00

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

01/04/2011 - 19:00

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

12/15/2010 - 19:00

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

12/11/2010 - 19:00

(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.
12/07/2010 - 19:00
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
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