Germany

Hate crimes exposed by the Wall's fall

By Robert Philpot, November 6, 2014

The unveiling of a statue in a church is rarely the cause of demonstrations or media comment.

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Duggan gets new inquest

By Naomi Firsht, November 6, 2014

A mother has secured an an inquest into the death of her son after an 11-year campaign.

Twenty-two-year-old Jeremiah Duggan was found dead on a road near Wiesbaden, Germany, in March 2003.

German authorities claimed he had committed suicide, but his family believe there were suspicious circumstances involved .

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Sign above death camp gates stolen

By Josh Jackman, November 6, 2014

Police in Germany are investigating the theft of the "Arbeit Macht Frei" sign from the main gate at Dachau concentration camp.

A section of the wrought-iron sign, measuring 191 cm by 94 cm, was taken on Sunday night.

Security guards failed to spot the thieves, who had to scale another gate to get to the sign.

The site's director, Gabriele Hammermann, condemned the thieves.

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Maccabi player turns jihadi

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

A former Maccabi footballer is facing trial in Germany for joining terror group Islamic State (IS).

Kreshnik Berisha, 20, is Frankfurt-born and was a member of Maccabi Frankfurt's football team less than three years ago, but reportedly became radicalised at college before travelling to fight in Syria.

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Butcher sold fake kosher cuts 'for years'

By Josh Jackman, October 23, 2014

Two German butchers have admitted to selling 88,000lb of fake kosher meat to boost their profits.

The owners of Frankfurt's Aviv store made more than £440,000 by peddling cheap cuts of beef and lamb to Jewish individuals, schools and other institutions at marked-up prices.

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German butchers sold fake kosher meat 'for years'

By Josh Jackman, October 22, 2014

Two German butchers have admitted to selling 88,000 lb of fake kosher meat to turn a higher profit.

The owners of Frankfurt’s Aviv store made more than £440,000 by peddling cheap cuts of beef and lamb to Jewish individuals, schools and other institutions at marked-up prices.

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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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