Germany

Praise for Merkel's 'moral voice' on hate

By Oliver Bradley, September 18, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel's personal, powerful broadside against antisemitism at a rally in Berlin on Sunday garnered praise from all corners of the Jewish world.

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The chancellor's passion was patent

By Vivian Wineman, September 18, 2014

It was with mixed feelings that I attended the Berlin rally on Sunday. It took place at the Brandenburg Gate where, just over 80 years ago, Adolf Hitler led victory celebrations on becoming chancellor. Now it was home to a rally organised by World Jewish Congress and the Central Council of Jews in Germany.

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Auschwitz guard charged with 300,000 murders

By Marcus Dysch, September 18, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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Merkel's speech against antisemitism

September 17, 2014

The fact that today there are again more than 100,000 Jews living in Germany is nothing short of a miracle. It’s a precious gift which fills me with profound gratitude.

That people in Germany today are being verbally abused, threatened and attacked when it somehow becomes apparent that they are Jewish or when they express their support for the State of Israel, is outrageous.

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Auschwitz guard charged with murder of 300,000

September 17, 2014

A 93-year-old man has been charged with 300,000 counts of murder and is expected to be the oldest Nazi concentration camp guard to face trial.

Oskar Gröning worked at Auschwitz during the Holocaust. He denies being involved in the murder of Jews.

He claims his role was to check luggage as victims arrived at the camp.

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Angela Merkel pledges to fight German antisemitism

By Marcus Dysch, September 15, 2014

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has pledged to do everything possible to fight antisemitism and anti-Israel sentiment in her country.

Speaking at an unprecedented rally against the rise of antisemitism, in Berlin on Sunday, she said it was “an outrageous scandal” that German Jews had been threatened.

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My father was baptised but he still had to flee the Nazis

By Robin Lustig, August 15, 2014

I suppose it's not surprising, if you embark on a journey in search of your family roots, that you end up visiting a lot of cemeteries. That is, after all, where you're most likely to find your forebears.

So here I am, in the grandest cemetery of them all - the Weissensee, in the eastern suburbs of Berlin, a 20-minute tram ride from the centre of town.

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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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