Germany

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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Review: Building: Isaiah Berlin, Letters 1960-1975

By Josh Glancy, August 11, 2013

Isaiah Berlin believed that some human values would always clash, so it is perhaps no surprise that his legacy continues to divide opinion today. To adapt an old Jewish joke, get three people to talk about Isaiah Berlin, and get five different points of view.

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Ofcom urged to block Bauer radio deal

By Marcus Dysch, August 9, 2013

Media watchdog Ofcom has been urged to stop a publishing group acquiring broadcast rights for a UK radio station due to its distribution of magazines which glorify the Nazis.

Bruce Fireman, a media banker and lawyer, said Bauer Media Group was not "fit and proper" to run stations under the Absolute Radio umbrella.

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More Bauer magazines found glorifying Nazis

By Sandy Rashty, August 8, 2013

More evidence has emerged over the publication by Bauer Media Group of magazines that glorify the Nazis.

Last week the JC reported the concern of Holocaust groups and antisemitism watchdogs over Bauer’s continued defence of Der Landser, a German magazine that honours the SS.

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Berlin hotels boycott Holocaust denier David Irving

July 26, 2013

David Irving, the Holocaust-denying British historian, is planning a controversial return to Germany but may have a hard time finding a place to stay as hotels in the German capital have banded together to boycott him.

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Berlin state finally hands over cash to community

By Toby Axelrod, July 10, 2013

Berlin’s Jewish community coffers are to be refilled for now, thanks to a court order delivered late last month.

An administrative court decided that the Berlin State Senate had no right to withhold payment of its regular subsidy to the community; accordingly, around 1 million euros (£8m) has now been released.

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Court rules that Eichmann files must stay secret

By Toby Axelrod, July 2, 2013

A German Federal Administrative Court has rejected a journalist's application to see uncensored files relating to the post-war whereabouts of Adolf Eichmann, a chief organizer of the Nazi genocide against the Jews.

The Bild Zeitung newspaper may decide to appeal against the decision to Germany's Supreme Court.

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Michelle Obama visits Holocaust memorial in Berlin

By Sandy Rashty, June 19, 2013

American First Lady Michelle Obama visited the Holocaust memorial site in Berlin today.

Mrs Obama took her daughters, Malia and Sasha, 14 and 11, to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe as part of the family’s two-day visit to Germany.

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German jazz band Weintraub Syncopators played way to safety

By Jenni Frazer, June 14, 2013

“In memory,” read the dedication, “of the German jazz band, The Weintraub Syncopators, Berlin 1924-Sydney 1942: Stefan Weintraub, Heinz Barger, Addy Fisher, Emanuel Fisher, Horst Graff, John Kaiser, Cyril Schulvater, Leo Weiss”.

Since the dedication was in a concert programme for the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra, there was a natural curiosity: who were the Weintraub Syncopators?

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Rachel Weisz’s father makes his movie debut

By Jennifer Lipman, May 31, 2013

Move over Rachel — there is a new member of the Weisz family finding success in the film business.

The actress’s 84-year-old father George has made his debut as a producer with a documentary telling the little-known story — set in Nazi Germany — of the first ever female rabbi.

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