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.


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.


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.


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.


Nazi Joseph Goebbels' Berlin home for sale

By Jennifer Lipman, June 22, 2011

House-hunters looking for a home abroad with lakeside views, greenery and plenty of space could be in luck – if they don't mind buying a property previously owned by Adolf Hitler's right-hand man.

A German company is hoping to attract buyers for a house near Berlin which was occupied for seven years by Hitler's propaganda minister, Joseph Goebbels.


Leipzig honours its master singer Ralph

By Jessica Elgot, June 10, 2011

Sir Ralph Kohn, who fled from his birthplace of Leipzig from the Nazis, is to be honoured by the city for his commitment to its most famous resident – Johann Sebastian Bach.

Sir Ralph, 83, a pharmaceutical businessman, has been awarded Leipzig's Medal of Honour. His Kohn Foundation supports innovation in science, medicine and the arts.


Milestone as World ORT returns to Berlin

By Jennifer Lipman, June 1, 2011

A Jewish organisation has held its first meeting in Berlin since before the Holocaust.

Representatives of more than 20 countries including Israel and the UK attended the World ORT event on Monday and marked the launch of a website dedicated to music composed during the Nazi era.

The educational site includes 100 recordings from the ghettos and the concentration camps.


Hotel holds prison parties at former Nazi jail

By Jennifer Lipman, May 26, 2011

Tourists are being offered the chance to experience life as a prisoner at a hotel on the site of a former Nazi jail.

For a bargain £38, visitors to the four-star Hotel Stadt in the German town of Hameln can attend special "Prussian prison parties".


Germany now rivals UK for Israel-bashing

By Benjamin Weinthal, May 19, 2011

Britain has been the main European hub for groups advocating a boycott, divestment, sanctions (BDS) strategy against the Jewish state. Germany, however, has enacted policies which now make it a stark rival for the UK's hardcore anti-Israel movement.


Germany tells firm to drop Israel railway

By Toby Axelrod, May 12, 2011

Deutsche bahn International has withdrawn from a project to build the new Tel-Aviv-Jerusalem railway line after coming under pressure from the German government.