Tag: Germany

American tourist in Germany beaten for performing Nazi salute

(JTA) — An American tourist was beaten by a local man after he made a Nazi salute in Dresden, Germany.

The American man, 41, was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident on Saturday, with a blood alcohol level of .276 percent, the German news service Deutsch Welle reported.

The man was lightly injured, according to reports. His assailant ran away after the attack and is wanted by police.

The incident comes a week after two Chinese tourists were arrested in Germany for making the Nazi salute in front of the Reichstag German parliament building.

Those men were arrested…

Dutch historians find marriage certificate of Jewish Holocaust victims hidden in a chimney

AMSTERDAM (JTA) — Historians in the Netherlands are searching for relatives of a couple murdered in the Holocaust whose marriage certificate was found concealed inside a chimney.

Paul Harmens, a curator for the Overijssel Historical Center, told the Algemeen Dagblad daily last week that his institution has been searching for relatives of Siegfried de Groot and Bertha Lippers for weeks following the discovery earlier this year.

Their marriage certificate, issued in 1931 in Germany, was found at a private home during renovations in the town of Hattem, 60 miles east of Amsterdam. It was concealed behind a divide inside the…

Twitter removes anti-Semitic posts after activist spray-paints them on company’s German HQ

(JTA) — Twitter has removed a handful of racist tweets and suspended several accounts after a German-Israeli satirist stenciled about 30 of them outside the company’s offices in Hamburg.

Shahak Shapira used spray-paint to write the nearly 30 offensive tweets on Twitter’s building and on the pavement around it. He claimed responsibility for the act on Monday in a tweet, which said: “I reported about 300 hate tweets. Twitter didn’t delete ’em, so I sprayed them in front of their office.”

The tweets included “Let’s get together and gas Jews again … the old days were nice.” And “Here comes another horde…

Hitler bunker reconstructed in Berlin and tens of thousands have come to see

BERLIN (JTA) – Hitler continues to fascinate, and a new exhibition in Berlin is proof with its most sensational attraction: a reconstruction of the bunker where Hitler took his life in April 1945.

More than 20,000 visitors reportedly have poured in to see the exhibition titled “Hitler: How could it happen” since its opening two months ago. Billed as the “world’s largest documentation about Hitler,” the exhibition was created in four months at a cost of $1.5 million.

Meant to show the dangers of dictatorship, the exhibit also contains thousands of documents, photos and objects that tell the life story of the Nazi…

Reagan once fired his communications director after 5 days — and not because he was a former Hitler youth

(JTA) — Did Anthony Scaramucci, sent packing from the White House on Monday, set a record for the shortest stint as communication’s director?

Scaramucci — The Mooch — was let go in part because of an obscenity-laden interview he gave to The New Yorker magazine last week. He wasn’t set to formally take the job for another two weeks (Aug. 15) but he clearly had started work as of Friday, July 21 — so that’s 11 days.

But there was, in fact, a communications chief who was on the job for a shorter period. According to our archive, John Koehler