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  • 10.06.2009

    Elections: Central Council sees trend towards far-right extremism

    Berlin/Passau – The Secretary General of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Stephan J. Kramer, sees a trend in the good results achieved by far-right extremists in the recent European and local elections. “Those who blame the strengthening of far-right forces solely on the economic crisis demonstrate an insufficient understanding of the problem,” he said in an interview to the Passauer Neue Presse newspaper ...

  • 09.06.2009

    Amazon stops its cooperation with the NPD

    Berlin – The on-line retailer Amazon has expelled the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD) from its Associates Programme. On Monday, an Amazon spokeswoman told the Berliner Tagesspiegel newspaper that the corresponding links would be removed within the next few days. The decision has been taken after public outrage at the business partnership between Amazon the NPD website “Nationales Netztagebuch” (“National Net Journal”) ...

  • 05.06.2009

    Central Council criticises Amazon's "complicity with fascists"

    Düsseldorf/Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany has expressed its indignation at the business partnership between the on-line retailer Amazon and the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany (NPD). In an interview to Handelsblatt.com, the Vice-President of the Central Council, Dieter Graumann, said Amazon had to stop its cooperation with the NPD immediately and to take unequivocal steps ...

  • 02.06.2009

    Two graduates of newly established rabbinical seminary ordained

    Munich – Zsolt Bella and Avraham Radbil received their rabbinical ordination at Munich's Ohel Yakob Synagogue on Tuesday. They are the first two graduates of the newly established orthodox Hildesheimer Rabbinical Seminary. The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, Charlotte Knobloch, called the ordination a "small miracle" that completed the return of Jewish life to Germany ...

  • 29.05.2009

    Central Council objects to Farouk Hosny becoming Director-General of UNESCO

    Cologne/Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany has expressed its strong opposition to the candidacy of Egypt's culture minister, Farouk Hosny, for the post of Director-General of UNESCO. Early this week, the President of the Central Council, Charlotte Knobloch, gave an interview to Deutschlandfunk public radio in Cologne saying that "his clearly anti-Semitic and anti-Israeli statements" showed that he was the wrong candidate for the office ...

  • 28.05.2009

    Charlotte Knobloch receives an honorary doctorate

    Munich/Tel Aviv – Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has received an honorary doctorate from Tel Aviv University. She has been recognised for her outstanding commitment to Israel and her untiring efforts to strengthen scientific and cultural ties between Germany and Israel ...

  • 21.05.2009

    “A successful state”

    Charlotte Knobloch on the 60th anniversary of the Federal Republic of Germany

    Berlin – Charlotte Knobloch, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, has congratulated the Federal Republic of Germany on the 60th anniversary of its establishment. "Today, Germany is a solid democracy and a state that recognises its historical responsibility," she said in an interview to the Jüdische Allgemeine newspaper ...

  • 16.05.2009

    Jewish Community Centre opened in Leipzig

    Leipzig – The Community Centre of the Jewish Community of Leipzig has been officially opened in a ceremony. The new Centre at Ariowitsch House will be open to all citizens of Leipzig regardless of religion. The President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany , Charlotte Knobloch, said the opening of the Centre was a sign that life triumphed ...

  • 11.05.2009

    Pope's visit to Israel – Central Council expects Pope Benedict XVI to apologise

    Berlin – The Central Council of Jews in Germany expects Pope Benedict XVI to apologise for the persecution of Jews. In an interview to the Westdeutsche Allgemeine Zeitung newspaper in Essen, the Council's Secretary General, Stephan J. Kramer, said it would be a "nice gesture" if the "Catholic Church apologised for the centuries-old persecution of Jews" ...

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