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.


Fury over failure to ban German neo-Nazi party

By Toby Axelrod, March 28, 2013

Germany’s top Jewish leader is furious at the government for failing to go the extra mile to ban the country’s biggest neo-Nazi party.

Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government will not submit a petition to the Supreme Court supporting proceedings to ban the extreme-right National Democratic Party of Germany, it was announced this week.


24 Hours in Frankfurt

By Karen Glaser, March 8, 2013

Two hundred and twenty seven banks, countless skyscrapers and Europe’s third biggest airport. And it is the birthplace of Goethe, Anne Frank and Yiddishe sex therapist Ruth Westheimer. It is also the first German city to have a Jewish mayor.


Amazon cuts links to ‘neo-Nazi’ German security staff

By Anna Sheinman, February 21, 2013

Online retailer Amazon has severed all ties with German security firm HESS following allegations that the protection company has neo-Nazi links and that some of its black-clad, shaven headed employees were intimidating the website’s seasonal workers.

A documentary on German TV channel ARD alleged that HESS guards were mistreating Amazon’s foreign temporary employees at their hostels.


Thousands of Jews on Claims Conference property list

By Zoe Winograd, February 19, 2013

The Claims Conference has published a list of thousands of Jews who lost property in former East Germany.

The claims body announced that these Jews and their families will be eligible to receive compensation from a 50 million euro ‘Late Applications Fund’ set up by the conference.


Greek Nazi party goes to Nuremberg

By Anna Sheinman and Ray Filar, February 7, 2013

The Greek neo-Nazi party, Golden Dawn, is believed to have set up a cell in Nuremberg, the German city that gave its name to the Nazis’ antisemitic Nuremberg Laws.

A Bavarian office for the protection of the constitution told the Guardian that Golden Dawn was also cultivating a “network of neo-Nazi contacts” in the federal state. This was denied by the Greek party.


A poignant musical emigration

By James Inverne, January 28, 2013

The news this week that Valery Gergiev, arguably the most powerful conductor in the classical-music world, is to leave the London Symphony Orchestra, has sent shock-waves through the British capital's chattering classes.


Storm over Wiesenthal hate list pick

By Anna Sheinman, January 10, 2013

A row has erupted in Germany after the Simon Wiesenthal Centre included a selection of excerpts from Spiegel Online writer Jakob Augstein’s columns on its list of top ten antisemitic and anti-Israel slurs of 2012.


Germany votes to keep circumcision legal

By Sandy Rashty, December 12, 2012

The German parliament approved a new bill to protect male circumcision on Wednesday.

The new ruling, which legalises the circumcision of male infants by authorised practitioners, was passed by an overwhelming majority of 434 to 100 votes.


Germany seeks ban on extreme right party

By Sarah Pilchick, December 12, 2012

The German government is taking steps to ban one of its most prominent far-right political parties despite doubts that the measure will succeed.