This week an Israeli family got a precious gift from the past – thanks to a German organization that returns personal items of concentration camp prisoners to their rightful owners or heirs.
Germany is a country in central-western Europe. It is a federal parliamentary republic with a population of 82 million people – the most populated country in the European Union.
The loosely connected German states, which were part of the Holy Roman Empire, were unified in 1815 after the establishment of the German Confederation. And later became a nation state under the Prussian German Empire, which was replaced by the democratic Weimar Republic after its defeat in the First World War. In 1933, the Nazi Party seized control in Germany and came under the dictatorship of Adolf Hitler, and resulted in the Holocaust.
Following the Second World War, Germany was divided into four zones, controlled by the United States, Britain, France and the Soviet Union. Three of these merged in 1949 to for, the democratic West Germany, while the Soviet zone became the socialist East Germany. In 1961, they were divided by the Berlin Wall, but after the collapse of the Communist government of East Germany, the two were officially united in 1990.
The Reparations Agreement was signed between Germany and Israel in 1952. Under this, Germany acknowledged its responsibility for the Holocaust and agreed to compensate those persecuted by the Nazis, and transferred $845 million worth of goods to Israel. A military partnership was also established, under which Germany supplied arms and military aid to Israel. Diplomatic relations between the two countries were officially established in 1965.
A 20-year-old German of Palestinian origin allegedly struck the kippah from a 50-year-old Jewish philosophy professor's head during the attack last week. Police apprehended the victim instead of the attacker
German airline says it will add weekly flights from Frankfurt and Munich in response to a growing demand reflected in a record number of tourists traveling to Israel
Prosecutors alleged he was instrumental in supplying the National Socialist Underground group with a handgun and silencer and knew they planned to use it for the killings
New figures show that the refurbishments and move will cost around $21.5 million. Donald Trump estimated $250,000
'Europe must not let itself be divided however sharp the verbal attacks and absurd the tweets may be'
Beate Zschaepe was part of a home-grown terror group that killed nine immigrants and eluded German authorities for years but the specter of racism still haunts the country
By removing me from a scientific panel, Ofir Akunis hoped to bolster his own standing but risked much more
The former Fox News strategic and military analyst, Lt. Colonel Ralph Peters, blasted U.S. President Trump while praising German Chancellor Angela Merkel on CNN's 'Anderson Cooper 360'
The fact the National Socialist Underground could operate freely without falling under suspicion as it killed nine Turkish and Greek immigrants in the 2000s shocked the nation. A look at the group whose sole surviving member was sentenced to life in prison on Wednesday