Germany

Berlin seeks law change on burials

By Toby Axelrod, July 11, 2014

Berlin's Jewish community is trying to change a longstanding state law banning burials within 48 hours after death.

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Germany debates Mein Kampf legalisation

By Toby Axelrod, July 3, 2014

Almost everywhere in the world, Hitler's Mein Kampf is a dubious bestseller, even 70 years after the end of the war. But in Germany, it is illegal to publish it. That is, until next year.

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Whose hands hold the future?

June 26, 2014

Two images: one to bring despair, the other full of hope.

This week a picture of two smiling Palestinian girls making the 'Three Shalits' sign went viral.

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New hope for Duggan mother as she heads to court

By Daniel Easterman, May 29, 2014

The mother of a north London student who died under suspicious circumstances in Germany has taken her quest for justice to the British courts.

Erica Duggan has waged an 11-year battle with the German authorities over the fate of her son Jeremiah.

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Report reveals extent of Audi slavery under Nazis

By Toby Axelrod, May 29, 2014

The car manufacturer Audi has become the latest major German company to put its Nazi past on the table.

According to a new report, the firm — which has already paid millions of euros to a reparations fund — used 3,700 concentration camp inmates and 17,300 forced labourers on its wartime production line.

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Shop owner defends selling 'neo-Nazi' brand

By Rosa Doherty, April 24, 2014

A London shop owner under fire for selling clothes favoured by neo-Nazis insists his store has no connection with right-wing extremists.
Zsolt Mogyorodi opened the Viking Thor shop stocking Thor Steinar clothes, a German brand that has been described as the far-right's favourite outfitter.

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Families fail in bid to reclaim £165m treasures

By Daniel Easterman, April 10, 2014

A panel of German legal experts has ruled that medieval artefacts worth £165 million should not be returned to three Jewish families.

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Gurlitt says he will return looted art

By Rosa Doherty, March 28, 2014

A German art collector has confirmed that he will return Nazi-looted works to their Jewish owners.

Cornelius Gurlitt, who had hidden a large collection of masterpieces in his Munich flat, has decided to return the pieces of art after taking advice from his lawyers.

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Germany opens door for neo-Nazis in EU election

By Toby Axelrod, March 20, 2014

A German Supreme Court ruling meant to protect democratic values has paved the way for extremist and anti-democratic parties to win seats in the May EU Parliament elections.

While parties still need to get 5 per cent of the vote to win seats in German legislative bodies, the court found in favour of groups who claim that the existing 3 per cent hurdle for the EU Parliament is anti-democratic.

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Merkel must do more on looted art

February 28, 2014

Congratulations to German Chancellor Angela Merkel on being awarded the Presidential Medal of Distinction in Jerusalem this week. But well deserved as the honour may be, there is one field in which Germany and Chancellor Merkel deserve no medals, only brickbats: returning property stolen from German Jews to its rightful owners.

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