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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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Come on, you Ms

May 17, 2012

For Spurs fans dreading tomorrow's Hobson's choice - supporting a German team winning the Champions League in order to ensure the Lillywhites qualify for next season's competition - there is unexpected relief.

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Feeling guilty about supporting Bayern Munich against Chelsea? Don’t be

By David Winner, May 17, 2012

Since football is tribal our allegiance for the 1999 European Cup final between Manchester United and Bayern Munich was clear. I was an Arsenal fan and my Israeli friend supported Liverpool, so we were both cheering the Bavarians.

Only my friend's daughter was puzzled: "Daddy, why do we want the Germans to win?" He thought for a moment: "For Jewish reasons!"

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Hitler's hub became my happy new home

By Marcus Dysch, May 10, 2012

Leaving the UK for my year abroad in Germany, I knew relatively little about the area where I would be living.

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The Germans who bugged for Britain

By Simon Rocker and Jennifer Lipman, May 10, 2012

The story of the code-breakers at Bletchley Park who secretly intercepted German military communications during World War Two has been justly celebrated in recent years.

But later this year a TV company hopes to reveal details about another covert British intelligence operation which helped the war effort.

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Painting in Real Deal for Sobibor

By Jessica Elgot, May 3, 2012

The granddaughter of a Holocaust victim has sold a painting on a TV show to pay for a memorial stone at the Sobibor Nazi extermination camp in Poland.

Katherine Wolfe's print of The Stone, from a painting by Charles Bartlett, belonged to her maternal grandmother - who had disapproved of her British daughter marrying a German Jew.

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Gunter Grass admitted to hospital

By Zoe Winograd, April 18, 2012

German writer and Nobel laureate Gunter Grass, whose recent poem criticizing Israel as a threat to global peace sparked widespread controversy, was admitted to hospital for a medical "investigation" earlier this week.

A spokesman at Asklepios Clinic in Hamburg said that the admission had been planned for some time but would not give any further details regarding Mr Grass's health.

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Gunter Grass: Israel ban like Burma or Stasi

By Jennifer Lipman, April 12, 2012

German writer Gunter Grass has criticised Israel for declaring him persona non grata in response to a poem hostile to the Jewish state.

Mr Grass, who was a teenage Waffen SS member, released the verse last week under the title “What Must be Said”.

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