Germany

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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Berlin: antisemitism 'mainstream'

By Toby Axelrod, November 17, 2011

Germany urgently needs to focus on fighting antisemitism in "dominant" sections of society, according to a government report.

The report, delivered to the Bundestag last week, showed that while far-right, far-left and Islamist extremists are responsible for the majority of Jew-hatred, there is a deeper layer of antisemitism simmering in the country at large.

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Germany still special friend of Israel?

By Liam Hoare, November 17, 2011

While most of Europe will abstain from any Security Council vote on Palestinian statehood, as it stands Germany will vote against the motion.

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Who's buying into Germany?

By Candice Krieger, November 10, 2011

An increasing number of Jewish investors are putting their faith - and cash - into Germany.

According to David Kaye, commercial director at leading investment-banking group Shore Capital plc, which reported a pre-tax profit of £4.3 million for the first half of the year, Israelis in particular are playing a more prominent role when it comes to investing in Germany.

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Germany honours 'rebuilder'

By Jennifer Lipman, November 3, 2011

A man who left his German birthplace as a teenager to escape Nazi persecution has been honoured by its mayor 75 years later for helping to rebuild its Jewish life.

Peter Held, 88, was born in Leipzig and in 1936 celebrated his barmitzvah in the city's synagogue.

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BMW owners acknowledge Holocaust record

By Jennifer Lipman, September 28, 2011

The owner of the car company BMW have admitted that they used forced labour during the Holocaust.

The German company, founded in 1916, produced arms, including rifles and U-boat batteries, for the Nazis during the war years and around 50,000 of its factory workers were slave labourers.

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Neo-Nazi group is banned

By Toby Axelrod, September 27, 2011

Germany's decision to ban one of the country's largest neo-Nazi organisations has been welcomed by Jewish leaders and Holocaust survivors, who hope for further crackdowns on the far-right.

German Interior Minister Hans-Peter Friedrich said Wednesday that HNG - "national organisation for political prisoners and their relatives" - purports to help criminals become productive members of society, b

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Pope Benedict meets German Jewish leaders

September 23, 2011

The Pope praised Jewish-Christian relations in a meeting with Germany's Jewish community on Thursday.

The German-born Pope Benedict met 15 representatives of the Jewish community as part of his three-day state visit to Germany.

During his address at the Reichstag, the Pope spoke of his thankfulness for improving Jewish relations with the Catholic Church.

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