Germany

British spy Frank Foley who saved German Jews honoured

By Jennifer Lipman, July 12, 2012

A "true British hero" of the Holocaust who risked his life to save 10,000 German Jews has had his bravery marked at a Jewish cemetery.

The plaque honoring Major Frank Foley has been placed at the entrance to Hoop Lane cemetery in Golders Green..

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Chief Rabbi protests to Germany over circumcision ruling

By Simon Rocker, July 5, 2012

The Chief Rabbi has protested to the German Ambassador in London over the Cologne court ruling on circumcision.

In a letter to Georg Boomgaarden, Lord Sacks wrote of his “shock and dismay” at the decision, which would “render the Jewish practice of circumcision illegal and those who perform it liable to imprisonment.

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Berlin hospitals stop ritual circumcisions

By Toby Axelrod, July 5, 2012

Two hospitals in Berlin have cancelled planned ritual circumcisions after a Cologne District Court last week ruled the religious practice to be a criminal act.

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Brit milah and religious health

By Geoffrey Alderman, July 5, 2012

If it wasn't so serious, the decision of the district court in Cologne to brand circumcision a criminal act would be almost humorous.

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German anti-Israel poet 'lied about being Jewish and Holocaust survivor parents'

July 5, 2012

The religious background and family history of an obscure German anti-Israel poet came under intense scrutiny this week as she was accused of lying about being Jewish, pretending to have served in the IDF and faking Holocaust survivor parents.

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German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.

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German court rules circumcision a crime

By Toby Axelrod, June 28, 2012

A district court in Germany has ruled that circumcision may be considered a criminal act, raising alarm bells among Jewish institutions around the world.

According to the District Court in Cologne, circumcision is legally defensible only if is it medically required, not as a religious prescription.

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Heirs of survivors sue the Claims Conference

By Simon Rocker, June 28, 2012

The Claims Conference, the international body which distributes restitution money to Holocaust survivors, is being sued in Israel by two families who say they have been denied compensation for properties seized in Nazi Germany.

Tel Aviv lawyers Heskia-Hacmun, who are handling the lawsuit, are also asking to hear from other families abroad who believe they may have similar claims.

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German mayor backs Israel boycott

By Benjamin Weinthal, June 7, 2012

The mayor of Jena, a city in Thuringia, east Germany, has unleashed a storm of criticism from pro-Israel groups who object to his support of a sweeping boycott of products from the Jewish state.

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Banker: Germany supports euro out of Holocaust guilt

By Jennifer Lipman, May 23, 2012

The former central banker of Germany has claimed that the country has allowed itself to be held hostage to the rest of Europe out of guilt for the Holocaust.

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