Germany

'Nazi' supertanker in U-turn

By Toby Axelrod, February 12, 2015

The son of a convicted Nazi, swayed by public opinion, has decided to remove his father’s name from a huge tanker he owns.

Shipping magnate Edward Hereema, who heads the Swiss-based Allseas Group, last week he had decided that the Pieter Schelte Heerema — the world’s biggest ship — should now be called Pioneering Spirit.

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Why Jews like me are returning to Germany

By Amber Rose, February 5, 2015

Germany would never have been on my list of countries to live in. As a British Jew I have grown up with a nauseating uneasiness about anything and everything German. A wariness that had been instilled in me as a child through my parents and grandparents.

But ten years ago my own prejudices changed when I met my future German husband.

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Far-right leader resigns over Hitler photo

By Josh Jackman, January 21, 2015

The leader of a German far-right movement has resigned after a photo of him posing as Adolf Hitler on Facebook went viral.

Lutz Bachmann co-founded Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the West, in October and has since organised weekly marches that have attracted up to 25,000 people.

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Police hunt group who attacked Israeli in Berlin

By Anna Behrmann, January 5, 2015

German police are investigating an assault on a Jewish man in Berlin on New Year’s Eve which took place after he asked a group of men to stop singing antisemitic songs.

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Former Auschwitz guard to stand trial for murder of 300,000

By Josh Jackman, December 17, 2014

A 93-year-old former Auschwitz guard has been ruled fit to stand trial next year on mass-murder charges.

Oskar Groening was employed at the concentration camp in occupied Poland in mid-1944, when 300,000 people were killed on arrival. His job was to send valuable possessions of the deceased to Germany.

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Polls expose wide-scale hate in Poland, Germany

November 27, 2014

Two surveys conducted in Germany and Poland - one on attitudes to online hate speech and the other on Israel's actions during the recent Gaza conflict - have revealed shockingly high levels of antisemitism.

In a survey conducted in Germany between June and September by the Friedrich Ebert Foundation, one in four of those questioned equated Israel's policies towards Palestinians with the Nazis t

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Far-right ask for Jewish data

By Toby Axelrod, November 20, 2014

A far-right party with one seat in the Dortmund City Council has asked for data on Jews living in the city.

According to the Suddeutsche Zeitung, Die Rechte ("The Right") representative Dennis Giemsch - who has occupied the seat since May - included the request in a list of 25 questions put to the council last Thursday.

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German ambassador visits cemetery with Nazi graves

By Toby Axelrod, November 20, 2014

A visit by Germany's ambassador to the Netherlands to a military cemetery containing Waffen SS graves has sparked controversy.

Envoy to the Netherlands Franz Josef Kremp drew criticism from Jewish groups over his plans to attend Sunday's commemoration ceremony at the Ysselsteyn German War Cemetery near Eindhoven.

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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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