Germany

German football team to visit Auschwitz during Euros

By Toby Axelrod, April 3, 2012

The German Football Association has announced that the country's national football team will visit the Auschwitz memorial during this summer's Euro 2012 tournament, after a top Jewish leader suggested the trip.

The decision came in the wake of heated public debate over whether such a visit would help educate some German fans about antisemitism and xenophobia.

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German football trip to Auschwitz sparks row

By Toby Axelrod, March 29, 2012

Football fans in Germany are known for their "Auschwitz song", in which they vow to send the opposing team on a train ride to the death camp.

Now, a proposal to send Germany's national team to visit Auschwitz during this summer's Euro 2012 tournament in Poland and Ukraine has run into opposition, despite the best intentions of Germany's Jewish leadership.

Dieter Graumann, head of the Central

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German city votes for Jewish mayor

By Jennifer Lipman, March 27, 2012

A German city has elected a Jewish mayor nearly 80 years after the Nazis came to power.

Peter Feldmann won 57 per cent of the vote to become Frankfurt's mayor, a position he will take on in July.

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Israel an apartheid state, says German party head

By Benjamin Weinthal, March 22, 2012

Sigmar Gabriel, the head of Germany's second largest party and a hopeful for Chancellor in the next federal election, last week called the Jewish state an "apartheid regime" after a visit to Hebron in the West Bank.

Writing on his Facebook page, the 52-year-old Social Democrat noted: "It's a zone without legal rights for Palestinians.

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Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk dies a free man

By Jennifer Lipman, March 17, 2012

A man sentenced to five years in jail last May for his role in the mass murder of thousands of Jews during the Holocaust has died at the age of 91.

John Demjanjuk was convicted of being an accessory to the deaths of more than 28,000 people while he was a guard at Sobibor concentration camp.

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Mein Kampf publisher fighting book ban

By Jonathan Kalmus, March 13, 2012

A British publisher, who wants to sell 100,000 copies of critical passages from Hitler's Mein Kampf on newsstands all over Germany, has vowed to fight a Munich court ban.

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A world view for Liberals

March 8, 2012

The strong links between Liberal Judaism and the World Union for Progressive Judaism were discussed in London during a visit by WUPJ president Rabbi Stephen Fuchs.

He had talks with Liberal Judaism chief executive Rabbi Danny Rich and its president Lucian Hudson after delivering a shiur to an audience of 40 at Liberal Judaism's Montagu Centre HQ.

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Itay Shechter faces antisemitic jeers at German club

By Jennifer Lipman, March 2, 2012

An Israeli footballer was the victim of antisemitic abuse after fans aimed a Nazi salute at him during a training session.

Itay Shechter, who plays for German side Kaiserslautern, was targeted by up to ten people chanting antisemitic jeers. They also made the Nazi salute, an illegal act under German law.

Mr Shechter, 24, moved to the club from Hapoel Tel Aviv last summer.

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Israeli Olympians return to Munich 40 years after massacre

By Jennifer Lipman, February 27, 2012

Seven Israeli Olympians who lost their teammates in the Munich Games massacre nearly 40 years ago returned to the city this week.

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Court blocks cross-border Holocuast lawsuits

By Toby Axelrod, February 9, 2012

A ruling last week by the International Court of Justice in The Hague that victims of the Nazis will not have the right to sue Germany in foreign courts has dashed hopes for speedier justice for Holocaust survivors.

The judgment overturned a 2004 decision by the Italian Supreme Court, which ruled that Germany should pay reparations to an Italian former slave labourer, Luigi Ferrini.

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