Germany

The couple defying Munich’s Nazi legacy with meatballs and dumplings

By Monica Porter, September 6, 2012

Of all the cities in which a Jewish Holocaust survivor might choose to open a restaurant, a mere 15 years after the end of the Second World War, Munich, birthplace of the Nazi movement, would be the least appealing option. At least, you would think so.

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Fortieth anniversary of Munich Olympics massacre marked

By Jennifer Lipman, September 5, 2012

The Foreign Secretary has paid tribute to the 11 Israeli athletes and the policeman killed in the terrorist attack at the 1972 Munich Olympics, 40 years ago today.

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Berlin rabbi hospitalised in hate attack

By JC Reporter, August 30, 2012

Four youths assaulted a rabbi and threatened to kill his six-year-old daughter in the Schöneberg district of Berlin this week.

According to reports, one of the four young assailants blocked the rabbi’s path while the three others stood behind him and his daughter. The man obstructing the rabbi suddenly hit the rabbi repeatedly, injuring his head.

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Germany may ban far-right party

By Toby Axelrod, August 30, 2012

Police raids on neo-Nazi groups in Germany last week could boost efforts to ban the country’s biggest far-right party.

The raids turned up incriminating material including 1,000 election posters for the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD), which has an estimated 7,000 registered members.

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Second German rabbi facing circumcision charges

By Orlando Radice, August 30, 2012

One of Germany’s most prominent rabbis, Yitshak Ehrenberg, is facing criminal charges after publicly promising to continue carrying out circumcisions.

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‘Neo-Nazis’ on trial in Germany

By Anna Sheinman, August 24, 2012

Twenty-six alleged neo-Nazis are standing trial in Koblenz state in Germany. They are accused of attacks on left-wing activists, dating as far back as 2009.

Alleged offences include setting fire to cars, scrawling neo-Nazi graffiti on walls and putting stickers saying “Rudolph Hess Street” over road signs, the Associated Press reported.

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Frankfurt plans prize for boycotter

By Toby Axelrod, August 23, 2012

Should the city of Frankfurt give a prize to someone who actively boycotts Israel? Pro-Israel activists in Germany are saying: no way.

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Charges filed against rabbi for carrying out circumcisions

By Anna Sheinman, August 22, 2012

A German rabbi has become the first person to have criminal charges filed against him for carrying out circumcisions. Rabbi David Goldberg, an Israeli mohel currently living in Bavaria, has been charged with causing bodily harm following a May ruling at the district court in Cologne which banned religious circumcision.

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Sculpture looted by Nazis returned to rightful owners

By Anna Sheinman, August 17, 2012

A 500-year-old sculpture stolen from a Jewish family by the Nazis was today returned to the heirs of its rightful owners in Germany.

The wooden sculpture of St Peter, depicted wearing a golden cloak, was intended for Adolf Hitler’s "Fuhrermuseum". It is estimated to be one of 560 pieces of art work stolen from Jewish collections for the museum, reported Bloomberg.

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Threat to circumcision grows in Europe

By Orlando Radice, July 26, 2012

Fears that a court ruling in Germany last month criminalising religious circumcision would have a knock-on effect across Europe are slowly being realised.

This week, the governor of Vorarlberg, an Austrian province, told state-run hospitals to suspend religious circumcisions until the legal situation in the country is clarified.

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