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  • 12.09.2008

    Knobloch calls for determination in the fight against NPD

    Munich – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, called on the Federal Minister of the Interior (CDU) and his party colleagues in the federal states to crack down on the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). After a meeting with CDU ministers of the interior in Munich, she said that the far-right and anti-Semitic NPD must not enjoy "privileges" like the possibility to have their election campaign costs refunded ...

  • 09.09.2008

    Jewish primary school opened in Stuttgart

    Stuttgart – The first general education Jewish school in Baden-Württemberg was inaugurated on 8 September 2008. Speaking at the inauguration ceremony, the President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, emphasised the importance of not just imparting knowledge but also acquainting children with the joy of Jewish life and culture ...

  • 08.09.2008

    Two synagogues opened in September

    Krefeld/Bielefeld – In September, the Jewish communities of Krefeld and Bielefeld inaugurated their new synagogues. On 14 September, Torah scrolls were brought into the synagogue of the Jewish Community of Krefeld, numbering about 1,100. Seven days later, the 267 members of the Jewish Community of Bielefeld carried their Torah into their new synagogue ...

  • 21.08.2008

    Former synagogue to be transformed into exhibition hall and meeting place

    Gelsenkirchen – The state of North Rhine-Westphalia will provide €104,000 for the conversion of the former Community Centre of the Jewish Community of Gelsenkirchen to an exhibition hall and meeting place. The respective commitment letter was handed over by Münster's district president, Peter Paziorek, at a ceremony held at Gelsenkirchen's new synagogue a week ago ...

  • 15.08.2008

    Topping out ceremony for synagogue in Schwerin

    Schwerin – On 14 August, the Jewish Community of Schwerin celebrated the topping out of its new synagogue. The building is being constructed largely on the foundations of its predecessor from 1773 which was destroyed on 9 November 1938, during the Kristallnacht pogrom, and later pulled down. T he regional ...

  • 14.08.2008

    Central Council calls for ban on "Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend"

    Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany called on the Federal Government to ban the far-right association "Heimattreue Deutsche Jugend" (HDJ) ("Patriotic German Youth"). The President of the Central Council, Charlotte Knobloch, emphasised that the association was undoubtedly anti-constitutional ...

  • 12.08.2008

    President of Central Council: Potential for far-right violence remains high

    Munich – The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany and of the Jewish Community of Munich and Upper Bavaria, Charlotte Knobloch, is concerned about the high potential for far-right violence in Bavaria . She has once again called for a ban on the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) and other far-right organizations ...

  • 08.08.2008

    Deduction of Russian pensions from social security payments

    Berlin – The Federal Government is of the opinion that Russian pensions must be credited against social security payments as a matter of principle. In reply to a parliamentary question by the Greens, the Government said that this also applied to the Jewish immigrants from the former Soviet Union and referred to the Twelfth Book of the Social Security Code (SGB XII) which provides that only payments under German Restitution Laws are exempt from being credited against social security payments ...

  • 05.08.2008

    Building work on synagogue in Schwerin under way

    Schwerin – Building work on a new synagogue has begun in the centre of Schwerin. The newspaper Schweriner Volkszeitung reports that the synagogue will be inaugurated on the 70th anniversary of the Kristallnacht and provide space for about 100 people. The prayer hall and the Community Centre will be erected on the foundations of the previous synagogues from 1773 and 1819 ...

  • 01.08.2008

    Man suspected of burgling Jewish Community three weeks ago detained

    Frankfurt/Oder – The police have detained a 38-year-old man suspected of having burgled the premises of the Jewish Community of Frankfurt/Oder three weeks ago. The newspaper Märkische Oderzeitung reports that the man has been arrested after traces of his DNA were found on the stone that had been used to break one of the windows ...

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