Germany

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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Germany giving £530m in fresh aid to survivors

By Toby Axelrod, May 30, 2013

Holocaust survivors confined to their homes are about to receive £530 million worth of extra aid from Germany, according to an agreement reached with the Claims Conference.

In all, Germany will provide approximately £660 million over the next four years for survivors who require home nursing care. The annual amount provided will increase every year through to 2017.

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Angela Merkel honoured for opposing antisemitism

By Zoe Winograd, May 23, 2013

German chancellor Angela Merkel has been awarded the Lord Jakobovits Prize for European Jewry by the Conference of European Rabbis.

At a ceremony in Brussels on Wednesday Ms Merkel was honoured for her support of the German Jewish community and her outspoken denunciation of anti s emitism throughout Europe.

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Holocaust-themed Tannhauser cancelled

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

A Holocaust-themed production of Wagner opera was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

The Dusseldorf opera’s version of Tannhauser included scenes of rape, suicide and a family having their heads shaved before they were shot. Some guests were so distressed that they were treated for shock.

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After $57m trial, claims body is still under fire

By Dan Friedman, May 17, 2013

As if the convictions in the $57.3 million (£37.6m) fraud case that was wound up in a Manhattan federal court last week were not enough, it was alleged on Tuesday that top officials at the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany were warned about the criminal activity nearly a decade before they called in external investigators.

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Cancelling Holocaust opera is 'censorship’, claims German director

By Sandy Rashty, May 14, 2013

A German director has described the decision to cancel his Holocaust-themed opera production as "censorship".

Director Burkhard C Kosminski's modern production of Richard Wagner’s Tannhauser, which held its opening night at the Rheinoper in Düsseldorf, was cancelled last week after its traumatic scenes caused a number of guests to seek medical help.

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Dresden gets rabbi back, 70 years after the Shoah

By Anna Thewalt and Torunn Lied, May 10, 2013

Last week was a historical one in Dresden. The Jüdische Gemeinde zu Dresden, the Jewish congregation in the city, finally got its rabbi back — more than 70 years after Rabbi Albert Wolf had to flee Dresden and Germany.

And as if to underscore that this is a moment of renewal, the new rabbi, Alexander Nachama, is just 29 years old.

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‘Auschwitz cook’ arrested on war crimes charges

By Zoe Winograd, May 7, 2013

A 93-year-old alleged SS member was arrested in Germany last night.

Hans Lipshis, who was taken into custody from his care home near Stuttgart, was accused of taking part in murder and genocide at Auschwitz.

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Poland and Germany row over Shoah guilt

By Marcus Dysch, April 11, 2013

A German television series and a Polish magazine have sparked a diplomatic row between the two countries amid arguments over antisemitism and war guilt.

Polish news weekly Uwazam Rze caused outrage after it depicted German Chancellor Angela Merkel as a concentration camp prisoner in a front page image.

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Making art to ease the pain in a city of sorrow

By Monica Petzal, April 4, 2013

I first came to Dresden in 1985 as part of a family “restitution” visit to my father’s birthplace of West Berlin. It was before the re-unification, the “change” as they call it there, and we crossed the Berlin Wall into the German Democratic Republic at Friedrichstrasse.

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