Press releases

  • 22.03.2006

    Sport must build bridges

    “Football builds bridges
    between people of different skin colour, language and religion. Xenophobia,
    anti-Semitism and racism have no place in the football stadium”, said Stephan
    J. Kramer, General Secretary of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, adding
    his weight to the call for more international openness and tolerance at sports
    grounds that was issued by the German football association before today’s match
    between Germany and the United States ...

  • 08.02.2006

    Paul Spiegel on the cartoon conflict

    In the opinion of Paul Spiegel, President of the
    Central Council of Jews, “the recent violent demonstrations that have already
    occasioned a number of deaths are awful proof that political and inter-religious
    dialogue between the cultures has failed in the last few years.”

    "Rather than patronizing ...

  • 27.01.2006

    "We have lost a friend"

    ourier new" >"In Johannes Rau the Jewish community in Germany and the state of
    Israel have lost a close, dependable friend", said Paul Spiegel, President
    of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, in a tribute to the commitment Rau displayed on behalf of Jews in this country.

    Berlin, den 27 ...

  • 26.01.2006

    Concern and dismay over Hamas victory

    ourier new" >"Hamas'
    victory at the ballot box fills me with concern and dismay", confessed Dr
    Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Council of Jews in Germany in his
    initial reaction to the provisional results in the Palestinian elections.

    is a terrorist organization and it is hard to imagine how terrorists, even if
    they are democratically elected, might be reliable partners in a peace
    process", continued Spiegel ...

  • 09.12.2005

    Political sanctions against Iran: Back the words with deeds

    “Monstrous and
    despicable” was the reaction of Dr Paul Spiegel, President of the Central
    Council of Jews in Germany, to the latest utterances by Iranian President
    Mahmud Ahmadinejad proposing that a Jewish state be established on German or
    Austrian territory and denying that millions of Jews were murdered under the
    Nazi dictatorship ...

  • 22.11.2005

    Assembly admits regional associations

    “Today’s decision
    in Düsseldorf by the delegates to the Council Assembly to grant membership to
    three regional associations, the

    Jüdische Gemeinschaft of
    Landesverband Jüdische Gemeinden in Schleswig-Holstein,
    Landesverband der israelitischen Kultusgemeinden in ...

  • 02.11.2005

    Immediate resignation of Berlin Community Chairman elicits regret

    Paul Spiegel, President of the Central Council of Jews, expressed his
    regrets upon learning that Albert Meyer had resigned his post as
    Chairman of the Jewish Community in Berlin. “I regret the decision
    taken by my friend and colleague Albert Meyer very much, but I can
    certainly understand it”, said Paul Spiegel in his initial response ...

  • 02.11.2005

    International Holocaust Memorial Day: Central Council of Jews pays credit to the United Nations

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany welcomes the recent UN
    resolution declaring 27 January International Holocaust Memorial Day.
    “After decades of silence this resolution is very much to the UN’s
    credit”, said President Paul Spiegel. In January 2005, sixty years
    after the end of the Second World War, the UN General Assembly in New
    York commemorated the liberation of the Nazi concentration camps and
    the six million victims for the first time in its history ...

  • 27.10.2005

    Leo Baeck Award 2005 for Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Hommelhoff

    The Central Council of Jews in Germany has chosen rial unicode ms" font-weight normal >Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Peter Hommelhoff, Rector of Ruprecht Karl University in Heidelberg, to receive this year’s Leo Baeck Award.
    In the Award Statement the Central Council of Jews above all pays
    tribute to the university rector’s deep commitment to the College of
    Jewish Studies in Heidelberg ...