IHR News and Comment

IHR News and Comment

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October 13, 2013
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Decades After World War II, Germany Asks What It Owes Jews
The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/decades-after-holocaust-germany-asks-what-it-owes-jews/2013/09/27/72d8c47e-25fd-11e3-9372-92606241ae9c_story.htmlSixty-eight years after the end of the Holocaust, Germany is asking itself what it still owes its Jews. The answer, as measured by a vote in this small southwestern city [Koblenz], is very little … For decades, Germany has tried to make amends for the murder of more than six million Jews by supporting survivors and descendants, at home and around the world, including an unusual program to offer citizenship to nearly any Jew from the former Soviet Union – which has built the Jewish community back to more than 100,000 people. … Once-taboo questions about what responsibility Germany has to Jews have come with increasing frequency in recent years …
Germany’s Payoff of Billions in Holocaust Reparations
Mark Weber (1998)
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v17/v17n6p19_reparations.htmlSince 1951 Germany has paid more than 102 billion marks, about $61.8 billion at 1998 exchange rates, in federal government reparation payments to Israel and Third Reich victims. In addition, Germans have paid out billions in private and other public funds, including about 75 million marks ($49 million) by German firms in compensation to wartime forced laborers, the Welt am Sonntag newspaper reported. These figures are based on calculations by the German Finance Ministry.
Billions Paid by Germany in Holocaust Restitution
Der Spiegel (Germany) – 2007
http://www.spiegel.de/international/world/0,1518,523846,00.html… For more than half a century, the Jewish Claims Conference has been responsible for dealing with the German government over compensation claims made by victims of the Holocaust. In 1965, Germany signed a treaty agreeing to pay individual victims; survivors had to file their claims before 1969. Since then, Germany has paid out over 63.2 billion euros — including 1.5 billion euros in direct payments to the Israeli government.
Two Africans Become Germany’s First Black Lawmakers
The Huffington Post
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/23/karamba-darby-senegal-germany_n_3974974.htmlA chemist and an actor – both with family roots in Senegal – have become Germany’s first black federal lawmakers, according to official election results released Monday. They were among 34 lawmakers with immigrant backgrounds to win seats in Sunday’s election, up from 21 in the previous term, said the Migration Media Service, a group that provides facts and figures on immigration in Germany … Until now there were no black lawmakers in Parliament, despite more than 500,000 people of recent African origin believed to be living in Germany.
President Roosevelt and the Origins of the 1939 War
David L. Hoggan
http://www.ihr.org/jhr/v04/v04p205_Hoggan.htmlIn this scholarly article, excerpted from his book, The Forced War: The Origins and Originators of World War II, Dr. Hoggan examines the secret war aspirations of President Franklin Roosevelt. Hoggan also shows how Poland’s leaders, bolstered by assurances from London of military backing, sought to provoke war with Germany. During the months prior to the outbreak of war in September 1939, he explains, Poland’s provocation of Germany was frequent and extreme. Hitler had more than sufficient justification to go to war with Poland.
Is Iran the Fourth Reich?
Patrick J. Buchanan
http://www.creators.com/opinion/pat-buchanan/is-iran-the-fourth-reich-2013-09-24.html … Iran, we are told, is the most dangerous enemy America faces. But is this true? … Since the 1979 revolution, Iran has attacked no nation and gone to war once – to defend herself against Saddam Hussein’s aggression that had the backing of the United States. In that war, the Iranians suffered the worst poison gas attacks since Gamal Abdel Nasser used gas in Yemen and Benito Mussolini used it in Abyssinia. Iran has thus condemned the use of gas in Syria and offered to help get rid of it … Obama is being urged not to meet with Rouhani, as the man has a checkered past. Yet U.S. presidents met three times with Stalin, three with the Butcher of Budapest, once with Chairman Mao. Compared to these fellows, Hussein Rouhani looks like Ramsey Clark.
Perspective on Iran: The Push For a New Middle East War
Mark Weber – Audio recording
http://www.ihr.org/audio/archives/perspective-on-iran2 Weber speaks about a recent six- day stay in Tehran (his second visit to Iran), including his role in the “Hollywoodism” conference. Addressing an IHR meeting on March 2, 2013, he also speaks about the campaign of economic warfare and threats against Iran by the US and Israel, the Islamic Republic’s nuclear program, the impact of the US-organized sanctions campaign, the push for a new Middle East war, and what all this means for Americans.
Iran’s Large, Active Jewish Community
J. Rezaian – The Washington Post
http://www.washingtonpost.com/world/middle_east/irans-jewish-community-reflects-a-complicated-relationship-with-israel/2013/10/02/e531039e-2ac4-11e3-b141-298f46539716_story.html … Iran’s large community of Jews, a lasting reminder to the long relationship between Persian and Jewish culture that complicates the tense relationship between the two countries over Iran’s nuclear program. … Today there are fewer than 30,000 Jews living in Iran … and they constitute the largest population of Jews in the Middle East outside Israel … Community leaders say that Jews here have become more religious since Iran’s revolution say community leaders. With sixty active synagogues spread across Iran, and a dozen in Tehran alone, sermons and religious courses are perpetually filled.
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