Germany

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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German fund pulls NGO cash

By Toby Axelrod, February 2, 2012

A German organisation which compensates survivors of Nazi labour camps has withdrawn funding for a Israeli NGO for its support of the Palestinian right of return.

The foundation - the Memory, Responsibility and Future Fund (EVZ) - said it would no longer support the educational work of Zochrot, a Tel-Aviv based NGO that also promotes the interpretation of the establishment of Israel as a "Naqb

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Hungary's far-right: Jews not welcome here

By Orlando Radice, February 2, 2012

The foreign affairs spokesman of Jobbik, the ultra-nationalist party poised to play a leading role in Hungarian politics, has openly questioned the Holocaust and claimed that Jews are colonising the country.

In a shocking interview with the JC, Marton Gyongyosi also said that Israel's treatment of the Palestinians amounted to a "Nazi system".

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'One in five young Germans in dark about Auschwitz'

January 26, 2012

Sixty-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz, one in five young Germans remain clueless about where the concentration camp was located.

Ten per cent of those surveyed for Germany's Stern news magazine were unaware that Auschwitz, where 1,100,000 Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.

And 20 per cent of the 18-29 year olds questioned did not know that the camp was situat

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German youths unaware of Auschwitz

By Jennifer Lipman, January 25, 2012

Sixty-seven years after the liberation of Auschwitz, one in five young Germans remain clueless about where the concentration camp was located.

Ten per cent of those surveyed for Germany's Stern news magazine were unaware that Auschwitz, where 1.1 million Jews and non-Jews perished, was a concentration camp.

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Report finds 1 in 5 Germans antisemitic

By Jennifer Lipman, January 23, 2012

A report into antisemitism in Germany has found that the country has a problem with entrenched hostility towards Jews.

According to the survey, which was commissioned in 2009 by the German parliament to look into antisemitism, some 20 per cent of citizens display anti-Jewish attitudes.

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Jewish newspaper launched in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, January 5, 2012

A Jewish quarterly aiming to "connect Jews with gentiles, Germany with the world" was launched in Germany this week.

Its publisher just wants the world to know that Hitler did not succeed. "A lot of people think that… Germany is 'Judenfrei' - free of Jews - and it is not true," said German Jewish author Rafael Seligmann, 64. "It is not only a culture of victims. We have a vivid community.

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Germany needs to free itself from the shackles of history

By Roger Boyes, December 12, 2011

It is a mere scrap of paper, as brief as a shopping list. "Ten uses for money" is written at the top with helpful hints as to what Germans can do with their Reichsmarks: wallpaper their living rooms, burn them as winter fuel, use them to prop up broken chairs.

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Neo-Nazi Monopoly: Pass the swastika, collect £200

By Jennifer Lipman, December 6, 2011

A Holocaust survivors' group has reacted with horror at the emergence of a neo-Nazi version of the popular board game, Monopoly.

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Kristallnacht diary comes home - 70 years late

By Jonathan Kalmus, December 1, 2011

A diary of a German Jewish refugee girl, lost for 70 years and bought in England for a few pounds by an amateur Jewish book collector, has been returned to its original owner.

In 1942, Eva Wurm lost a personal treasure after escaping Nazi Germany. It was a small notebook known as a Poesiealbum, a fashion for German girls whose friends and confidantes filled the books with poems and messages.

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