Israel pulls out of Dead Sea Scrolls exhibit in Germany over political conflict

A fragment of a Dead Sea scroll seen at a laboratory in Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)
A fragment of a Dead Sea scroll seen at a laboratory in Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

A fragment of a Dead Sea scroll seen at a laboratory in Jerusalem, Dec. 18, 2012. (Uriel Sinai/Getty Images)

BERLIN (JTA) – Israel has pulled out of a planned exhibit of the Dead Sea Scrolls in Frankfurt because the German government would not guarantee their return if claimed by Palestinians.

The Frankfurt Bible Museum announced that it has canceled the exhibit scheduled for a September 2019 opening. Its director, Jürgen Schefzyk, said he regretted the German government’s decision, adding that neither Holland nor Austria would have hesitated to issue general immunity guarantees. [Read more…]

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Auschwitz guard, 96, fit to serve his prison term, German court rules

(JTA) – A 96-year-old former Auschwitz guard is fit to serve a prison sentence, a German court ruled.

On Wednesday, a regional appeals court in the northern town of Celle ruled that Oskar Groening “is able to serve his term despite his advanced age,” Reuters reported. The court also said Groening’s needs related to his advanced age could be provided in prison. [Read more…]

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Roger Waters had a gig in Germany. A Jewish woman’s protest led the sponsor to drop out.

(JTA) – A German broadcaster has pulled its sponsorship for a Cologne concert by Roger Waters following protests led by a Jewish resident of the city.

Malca Goldstein-Wolf, who reportedly collected about 1,500 signatures on a petition, had accused WDR – a radio and TV broadcaster under the ARD Consortium of public broadcasters in Germany – of using public money in the form of a universal broadcasting tax to support “a hater of Jews.” [Read more…]

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German state’s parliament urges ban of Kuwait Airways over ‘anti-Semitic’ policy

(JTA) – A German state’s parliament has called on Germany’s federal government to prevent Kuwait Airlines from taking off and landing in the country as long as it is allowed to ban Israeli citizens from flying with it.

The Hesse Parliament made the declaration Friday in a resolution. The move came in reaction to a ruling earlier this month by a court in Frankfurt that Kuwait Airways may bar Israeli citizens from boarding its planes in Germany. [Read more…]

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German artists build Holocaust memorial replica near far-right leader’s home

(JTA) – A group of German artist-activists have built a replica of the country’s Holocaust memorial outside the home of a leader of a right-wing populist party who has called on Germany to stop apologizing for its Nazi past.

Bjoern Hoecke, a leader of the Alternative for Germany, or AfD, in the former East German state of Thuringia, criticized the memorial in Berlin in January. “Germans are the only people in the world who plant a monument of shame in the heart of the capital,” he said. [Read more…]

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German city cancels exhibit about art dealer Max Stern over restitution demands

Visitors looking at Max Beckmann’s “Portrait Quappi Beckmann” from 1925 during the preview of the exhibition “Dix/Beckmann – Mythos Welt” at Hypo-Kunsthalle in Munich, Germany, April 10, 2014. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images)
Visitors looking at Max Beckmann’s “Portrait Quappi Beckmann” from 1925 during the preview of the exhibition “Dix/Beckmann – Mythos Welt” at Hypo-Kunsthalle in Munich, Germany, April 10, 2014. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

Visitors looking at Max Beckmann’s “Portrait Quappi Beckmann” from 1925 during the preview of the exhibition “Dix/Beckmann – Mythos Welt” at Hypo-Kunsthalle in Munich, Germany, April 10, 2014. (Joerg Koch/Getty Images)

(JTA) – “Anti-restitution bias” is being blamed for the sudden decision by the mayor of Dusseldorf, Germany, to cancel a planned exhibit about world-renowned Montreal art dealer Max Stern.

Due to open in February after more than three years of planning by Dusseldorf’s Stadtmuseum, the exhibit – titled “Max Stern: from Dusseldorf to Montreal” – also was slated to include a stop in Israel before finishing in Montreal. [Read more…]

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Germany charges ex-Nazi guards as accomplices to murder

(JTA) – State prosecutors in the German city of Dortmund have filed charges against two former SS guards at the Stutthof concentration camp as accomplices to murder.

The defendants, who are in their early 90s, were charged last week with involvement in the murders of hundreds of inmates at the camp near Gdansk, Poland, where more than 60,000 died at the hands of the Nazis, according to Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust memorial and archive. The charges were made public Wednesday, after the men were notified. [Read more…]

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Germany’s central bank will examine its history, focusing on the Nazi years

A division of the German Bundesbank in Mainz, Germany, seen on April 26, 2013. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)
A division of the German Bundesbank in Mainz, Germany, seen on April 26, 2013. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)

A division of the German Bundesbank in Mainz, Germany, seen on April 26, 2013. (Hannelore Foerster/Getty Images)

(JTA) – The Deutsche Bundesbank, Germany’s post-war central bank, has announced plans to research the history of the national banking system, including its predecessor institutions, from 1923 to 1969, with a special focus on the Nazi years.

Historians Albrecht Ritschi of the London School of Economics and Magnus Brechtken of the Munich-based Institute for Contemporary History will lead the project, which will include examining the history of the Nazi-era Reichsbank, the postwar Bank Deutscher Länder and the early years of the Deutsche Bundesbank, which was established in 1957. [Read more…]

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German teen stood up to neo-Nazis at her school and the Berlin Jewish community noticed

(JTA) – A non-Jewish German teenager from Dresden has been honoured by the Jewish community for standing up to neo-Nazis at her school.

The 15-year-old, known as Emilia S., received the Prize for Civic Courage against Right-wing Radicalism, Anti-Semitism and Racism on Tuesday from the Jewish community of Berlin and the Association for the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. [Read more…]

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