Austrian province suspends religious circumcision

By Jamie Michaels, July 25, 2012

The governor of Vorarlberg, the westernmost federal state in Austria, has told hospitals in the province to suspend religious circumcisions until the legal situation is clarified.


Opera star quits Bayreuth over Nazi tattoo

By JC reporter, July 24, 2012

Rising Russian opera star Evgeny Nikitin has pulled out of the lead role in Wagner’s The Flying Dutchman at the Bayreuth opera festival after a German TV programme showed footage of the baritone sporting a Nazi tattoo.


New hope for heirs of Nazi-seized assets

By Simon Rocker, July 20, 2012

The New York-based Claims Conference, the main international body for distributing Holocaust restitution funds, has bowed to pressure from the Board of Deputies and agreed to allow new claims for compensation for properties seized by the Nazis in East Germany.

Until now, the Conference had resisted calls to reopen the application process to potential heirs after its deadline of 2004.


Chancellor Merkel furious over German circumcision row

By Toby Axelrod, July 19, 2012

Jewish leaders are greeting signs that Germany will ensure the right of Jews and Muslims to circumcise their sons, following a court ruling in Cologne that puts that right in jeopardy.


British spy Frank Foley who saved German Jews honoured

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

A "true British hero" of the Holocaust who risked his life to save 10,000 German Jews has had his bravery marked at a Jewish cemetery.

The plaque honoring Major Frank Foley has been placed at the entrance to Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green..


Chief Rabbi protests to Germany over circumcision ruling

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has protested to the German Ambassador in London over the Cologne court ruling on circumcision.

In a letter to Georg Boomgaarden, Lord Sacks wrote of his “shock and dismay” at the decision, which would “render the Jewish practice of circumcision illegal and those who perform it liable to imprisonment.


Berlin hospitals stop ritual circumcisions

By Toby Axelrod, July 5, 2012

Two hospitals in Berlin have cancelled planned ritual circumcisions after a Cologne District Court last week ruled the religious practice to be a criminal act.


Brit milah and religious health

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 5, 2012

If it wasn't so serious, the decision of the district court in Cologne to brand circumcision a criminal act would be almost humorous.


German anti-Israel poet 'lied about being Jewish and Holocaust survivor parents'

July 5, 2012

The religious background and family history of an obscure German anti-Israel poet came under intense scrutiny this week as she was accused of lying about being Jewish, pretending to have served in the IDF and faking Holocaust survivor parents.


German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.