German Chancellor Angela Merkel set to address a major conference on antisemitism in Berlin

By Toby Axelrod and Marcus Dysch, March 14, 2016

More than 100 parliamentarians from nearly 40 countries will meet in Berlin today for a major conference on antisemitism.

Participants, who include German Chancellor Angela Merkel and leading British politicians, will discuss issues such as Internet hate, community relations and antisemitism in sport, as well as legal, parliamentary and governmental responses to antisemitism.


I survived 17 selections, survivor tells SS guard trial

February 18, 2016

Three Holocaust survivors provided grim testimonies at the trial of 94-year-old former Auschwitz guard Reinhold Hanning in Detmold, Germany, last week.


Merkel; antisemitism more 'widespread' than thought

By Simon Rocker, January 24, 2016

German Chancellor Angela Merkel has urged strong action against antisemitism, stating that it is more widespread than imagined.

In her weekly podcast yesterday, she said that "antisemitism is more pervasive than we imagine and that we must act intensively against it," according to Israeli media.


Helmut Schmidt, a Nazi Youth leader who had Jewish ancestry, dies aged 96

By Naomi Firsht, November 10, 2015

The former Chancellor of West Germany Helmut Schmidt has died aged 96.

Mr Schmidt was West German Chancellor from 1974 until 1982 during the height of the Cold War.

His relationship with the Jewish community and possible ties to the Nazi party remained ambiguous during his life.


Muslims 'risking lives' to meet Jews at Annual Muslim-Jewish Conference

By Toby Axelrod, August 27, 2015

Amid high security and in a secret location, around 140 people gathered for the sixth Annual Muslim-Jewish Conference (MJC) in Berlin this week.

Some participants risked their lives to attend, organisers said.


Queen lays wreath at Bergen-Belsen

By Rosa Doherty, June 26, 2015

The Queen has laid a wreath at Bergen-Belsen in commemoration of the 50,000 Holocaust victims who died there.

The visit – her first to a former Nazi concentration camp - was the climax of the four-day royal trip to Germany.

Accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, she laid the wreath at the memorial to Anne Frank, who perished at Belsen.


Board asks Foreign Secretary to raise Jeremiah Duggan case with German authorities

By Sandy Rashty, June 1, 2015

The Board of Deputies has called on the government to intervene in the case of Jewish student Jeremiah Duggan who died in Germany in mysterious circumstances.

Newly elected Board president Jonathan Arkush has asked Foreign Secretary Philip Hammond to raise the matter with German authorities at a “senior level”.


Inquest leaves Duggan mother seeking answers

By Rosa Doherty, May 28, 2015

The mother of a Jewish student who died after fleeing an extremist group in Germany has vowed to fight on for a full investigation into the circumstances of his death.

Erica Duggan has conducted a 12-year campaign to find out what happened to her son Jeremiah.

Following an inquest in London last week that "totally rejected" a previous ruling by a German court that he had committed suicide, s


Paris mayor: Jewish life is vibrant here

By Nathan Jeffay, May 14, 2015

With her city's Jews still reeling after the Hyper Cacher supermarket murders in January, the Mayor of Paris gave an impassioned speech in Jerusalem this week on her determination to fight antisemitism.

Anne Hidalgo did not limit herself to general statements, but also addressed the thorny topic of whether opposition to Israel is sometimes used to obscure Jew-hatred.


Review: Phoenix

By Brigit Grant, May 9, 2015

Many years ago while working on a newspaper story in Germany, I attended a Friday-night service at a synagogue in Munich. The elderly rabbi was a Holocaust survivor who had returned to the city of his birth after Dachau camp was liberated and I kept looking at him and wondering why?