Germany

Obituary: Alice Sommer-Herz

By Gloria Tessler, February 24, 2014

BORN PRAGUE, NOVEMBER 26, 1903.
DIED LONDON, FEBRUARY 23, 2014, AGED 110

She has been called the supercentenarian, the oldest known Holocaust survivor, but it was music that helped sustain Alice Sommer-Herz throughout the Nazi years and beyond.

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How Jews hothoused cosmopolitanism

By Cathy Gelbin, February 7, 2014

When I was growing up behind the Wall in East Germany, cosmopolitanism was not a good word for the Jews. Hitler had persecuted us as “rootless parasites”. And hushed up as they were, rumours of Stalin’s purges of Jews as “rootless cosmopolitans” had not escaped me either.

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Gurlitt suggests he may return looted art

By Marcus Dysch, January 28, 2014

The reclusive German pensioner accused of hoarding more than 1,400 pieces of art thought to have been looted by the Nazis is reportedly willing to return items to the heirs of their original owners.

Cornelius Gurlitt had said he intended to keep the paintings discovered at his Munich flat after details of the haul were revealed last November.

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Honour for Bach expert

By Simon Rocker, January 17, 2014

A London philanthropist, who fled Germany as a child, is to be presented with the country’s highest award.

Sir Ralph Kohn, 86, is to receive the Order of Merit at a ceremony at the German Embassy on Tuesday.

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After the punch-up, the putsch: Berliners move to expel their leaders

By Toby Axelrod, January 16, 2014

After months of verbal and physical confrontations among its members, Berlin’s Jewish community has broken new ground: it has become the first in post-war Germany to demand the removal of its council and early elections.

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Documentary to be made about Csanad Szegedi

By Rosa Doherty, January 10, 2014

A UK-based production company is to make a documentary about Csanad Szegedi, the Hungarian politician who stood down from the antisemitic Jobbik party after he discovered he was Jewish.

Mr Szegedi, a member of the European Parliament, was asked to leave the party when he revealed that his grandmother was an Auschwitz survivor

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‘Looted art’ found hanging in Bundestag

By Daniel Easterman, December 31, 2013

Two paintings stolen by the Nazis have been found hanging inside Germany’s parliament building, according to research provided by an art historian.

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Germany revisits hundreds of violent neo-Nazi crimes

By Toby Axelrod, December 12, 2013

Germany plans to examine 746 violent crimes committed between 1990 and 2011 for possible connections to far-right extremists. The crimes in question had 849 victims.

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Looted art: Gurlitt 'wants his paintings back'

By Marcus Dysch, November 18, 2013

The reclusive German pensioner accused of hoarding more than 1,400 pieces of art thought to have been looted by the Nazis has said he wants to keep the collection.

Cornelius Gurlitt said he "loved" the paintings and wanted authorities to conclude their investigation so "I can finally have my pictures back".

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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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