Germany

Israeli escapes German torture chamber

By Jennifer Lipman, August 23, 2011

An Israeli woman managed to free herself from the clutches of a German captor after he trapped her in a room rigged with explosives.

The woman, who is 26, has not been named but reportedly was acquainted with her captor. Despite being handcuffed in the tiny room – an adapted telephone box - she escaped after a few hours when her captor Thomas Fischer failed to lock the door.

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Body of missing hiker found in Ecuador

By Jennifer Lipman, August 15, 2011

The body of a German Jewish backpacker has been found in a river in Ecuador more than a week after he went missing while on a hike.

Friends and family of Jonathan Simon, from Munich, launched an internet campaign to help with the search. More than 4,300 people joined a Facebook group, while alerts were posted on travel forums such as Trip Advisor.

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Neo-Nazis fall for wash and go T-shirt trick

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

Anti-extremism campaigners in Germany have hit upon a novel idea to expose neo-Nazi supporters.

A group called Exit Deutschland, which is dedicated to helping people turn away from far-right ideology, set up a stall at a nationalist music festival in the German twon of Gera.

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Rebirth for Cologne's historic Jewish quarter

By Jennifer Lipman, August 10, 2011

The Jewish quarter of a German city is to be rebuilt as part of an effort to display more of the community's long history.

Excavators in Cologne hope the work will be finished by 2015.

The city's Jewish quarter, home to more than 20,000 Jews before the Holocaust, has been traced back to at least the 15th century.

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The Jews in the Secret Nazi Reports on Popular Opinion in Germany, 1933-1945

By David Cesarani, August 1, 2011

By Otto Dov Kulka and Eberhard Jäckel
Yale University Press, £100

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Israelis play first ever Wagner concert in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, July 26, 2011

In Israeli orchestra has played a work by Adolf Hitler's beloved composer, Richard Wagner, for the first time in Germany.

On Monday, the Israel Chamber Orchestra performed Wagner's "Siegfried Idyll" at the Bayreuth Wagner Festival. German Chancellor Angela Merkel was among those in the audience. The concert in the Stadthalle was reportedly a sell-out.

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Hitler deputy's bones exhumed to deter neo-Nazis

By Jennifer Lipman, July 21, 2011

The bones of Adolf Hitler's deputy have been exhumed from his grave because hordes of neo-Nazis were using the site to glorify his actions.

Rudolf Hess died 42 years after the war, having spent 40 years in a Berlin prison for his war crimes.

He was a close compatriot of the Nazi fuehrer, and helped him write Mein Kampf while they were in prison for the failed Munich Putsch of 1923.

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Out-branding the Nazis in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, July 14, 2011

Neo-Nazis in Germany may be unified in their racism, antisemitism and hatred of foreigners. But these days, they do not all look the same.

No longer are right-wing extremists all wearing the Thor Steinar clothing brand, or sporting the skinhead look.

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Germany's Left Party: be disturbed

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 30, 2011

It has been a while since a leader of a German party called for the political exclusion of the head of Germany's Jews. Last week, Klaus Ernst, co-chairperson of the anti-Israel Left Party, called for Dr Dieter Graumann, the president of Germany's Jewish community, to leave "party politics" as rapidly as possible.

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Germany: Israel agreed Shalit deal, Hamas rejected

By Jennifer Lipman, June 28, 2011

A deal to secure the freedom of Sergeant Gilad Shalit has been accepted by Israel, but not by Hamas, German officials have confirmed.

The comments by German government spokesman Steffen Seibert supported a claim by Binyamin Netanyahu on Sunday about a German-brokered deal to return the soldier home more than five years after he was captured by Hamas.

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