Germany

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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Israelis flock to Germany

By Toby Axelrod, September 22, 2011

Israelis are moving to Germany in unprecedented numbers - and finding a receptive atmosphere.

Over the past ten years, thousands of Israelis have settled in the German capital. The German-Israel Society estimates there are 8,000, but the figure could be as high as 15,000.

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Reunification fuelled the neo-Nazi fire

By Liam Hoare, September 22, 2011

Jamel represents the failings of German reunification writ large. A hamlet in the German Land of Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, it is a neo-Nazi settlement where people Hitler salute in the street.

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Hugo Boss: 'regret' for Holocaust record

By Jennifer Lipman, September 22, 2011

The fashion company Hugo Boss has apologised for its wartime record following the publication of a book revealing new details of its Nazi past.

According to the book the German design firm, founded in 1924, took advantage of the Nazi campaign by using forced labour in its factory.

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Will Bundestag now retract flotilla decree?

By Benjamin Weinthal, September 15, 2011

Last year the German Bundestag and Vienna city council both voted unanimously to condemn Israel after it intercepted a flotilla that was in open violation of its naval blockade.

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