Germany

Germany's shame over looted art haul

November 8, 2013

Germany today is a peaceful, democratic nation that is in many ways a model to which the rest of the world should aspire. But its authorities’ handling of the hoard of Nazi-looted art found in Cornelius Gurlitt’s flat of reveals that, beneath the surface, severe problems still remain.

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Nazi is buried among Jewish graves in Berlin

By Toby Axelrod, November 7, 2013

Historians suspected for years that the brutal Gestapo head Heinrich Müller was buried in a mass grave at one of Berlin’s Jewish cemeteries. Now, they have documentary evidence.

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Looted Nazi art: Germany’s ‘conspiracy of silence’

By Marcus Dysch, November 7, 2013

Restitution experts have condemned the German authorities’ handling of the discovery of a hoard of Nazi-looted artwork in a Munich flat.

Investigators faced a furious backlash after they admitted the haul of almost 1,400 paintings had been found two years ago and kept secret until a German magazine reported the case last weekend.

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No change after German Angela Merkel vote

By Alexander Hasgall, September 24, 2013

The results of yesterday’s election in Germany can be summarised quickly: as far as Israel and the Jews are concerned, nothing will change.

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Board of Deputies to honour Angela Merkel

By Simon Rocker, September 23, 2013

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is to be honoured by the Board of Deputies at its annual dinner later this year in recognition of her support for Jewish communities in Germany.

The Board hopes to present an award in person to Mrs Merkel at the event, which will be held in the Egyptian room of the Mansion House in the City of London in November.

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Ofcom investigating Bauer over German magazine

By Marcus Dysch, September 12, 2013

Media watchdog Ofcom has contacted German authorities over the publication and distribution of magazines which glorify the Nazis.

Der Landser, a German magazine that honours the SS, is published by a company owned by Bauer Media Group, which runs a number of British radio stations.

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Fit to be world Olympics chief?

By Bernard Josephs, September 12, 2013

The man who this week became the sports world’s most powerful bureaucrat has been embroiled in a row over his role as head of an organisation that advises companies on the Arab boycott of Israel.

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Bundestag votes to probe failings over neo-Nazi cell

By Bernard Josephs, August 29, 2013

A parliamentary inquiry has begun in Berlin following a series of racism-motivated murders carried out by a neo-Nazi cell which has been active for almost ten years.

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Merkel defended over ‘tasteless’ Dachau decision

By Zoe Winograd, August 21, 2013

The Conference of European Rabbis has backed German chancellor Angela Merkel who has been criticised for speaking at an election rally in Dachau on the same day that she visited the town’s Second World War concentration camp.

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Thousands of Israelis flock to Germany in reverse exodus

By Monica Porter, August 12, 2013

Daniel Barenboim, celebrated musical genius and Israeli citizen, has admitted that he feels more at ease in Germany than in Israel. He has been running the Berlin Staatskapelle Orchestra since 1992, and lives in a villa near the Berlin suburb of Wannsee, where the Nazis devised their Final Solution.

What, you might ask, is this Jewish treasure playing at?

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