Gunter Grass: Israel ban like Burma or Stasi

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

German writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for declaring him persona non grata in response to a poem hostile to the Jewish state.

Mr Grass, who was a teenage Waffen SS member, released the verse last week under the title “What Must be Said”.


Gunter Grass banned from Israel after attack poem

By Jennifer Lipman, April 9, 2012

The German poet and Nobel Laureate Gunter Grass has been banned from visiting Israel.

It comes after Mr Grass, who as a teenager was a member of the Waffen SS, published a poem attacking Israel and accusing it of damaging global stability with its stance on Iran.


Netanyahu attacks Gunter Grass for 'shameful moral equivalence'

By Jennifer Lipman, April 5, 2012

The Israeli Prime Minister has suggested that it is "not surprising" to hear German Nobel laureate accuse Israel of being the greatest threat to world piece.


Yolanda becomes Flora in Germany

By Jennifer Lipman, April 4, 2012

GCSE revision and preparations for Israel tour would be enough to keep most Jewish teenagers busy over the next few months, but Yolanda Shamash will also be starring in an opera in Germany.

The 15-year-old from Palmers Green is to share the part of Flora in the opera version of Henry James's ghost story The Turn of the Screw.

The opera, written by Benjamin Britten, is being staged in the 1,3


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.