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Breaking a longstanding official policy against shipping weapons to areas of tension, the German government Wednesday announced a $700-million military support package for Israel that includes Patriot missiles and two submarines. Chemical weapons detection vehicles and extensive medical supplies are also included in the agreement, according to the government announcement.
May 12, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
Austrian President Kurt Waldheim apologized to Israel in an interview published Friday for misleading statements about his German army service in World War II, but again denied that he committed war crimes. Waldheim also was quoted as urging Israel to upgrade its diplomatic representation in Vienna and to return the ambassador it withdrew in protest after Waldheim's election in 1986.
February 28, 1990 | From Times Wire Services
East Germany's armed forces, until a few months ago the pride of the Warsaw Pact, are falling apart as men desert in the thousands and discipline collapses, NATO sources said today. "The East German army has stopped functioning as a military machine," said one senior NATO official with access to detailed intelligence reports. "It is amazing--unlike anything else in Eastern Europe."
December 24, 1989 | Reuters
Seven young West German army reservists celebrating the end of their military service were killed when the overcrowded car in which they were traveling smashed into a truck, Munich police said Friday. The men, all in their early 20s, died when their car swerved out of control on the Salzburg-to-Munich highway during the night and hit a Romanian truck. The driver of the truck was uninjured.
June 18, 1989
In the article by Times writer Ronald B. Taylor ("Top Tank," June 8), Taylor mentioned a Lt. Gen. William Desobry as a World War II tanker who later helped design the U.S. Army's new M-1A1 tank. As a U.S. Army Infantryman with the 106th "Golden Lion" division during World War II's Battle of the Bulge, I was hit in the right side by a rifle bullet and taken prisoner by the German Army. While standing on a railroad station platform just south of Cologne, Germany, on Dec. 19, 1944, I met a tall American officer who had a white bandage wound over both eyes and around his head.
May 15, 1988 | WILLIAM TUOHY, Times Staff Writer
At first glance, this modest town in northern Germany seems an unlikely place for the headquarters of the world's largest media empire. Guetersloh is out of the way, to say the least. There is no major airport within 100 miles, and the express trains don't stop here. Signs at the railway station warn waiting passengers to watch out for the fast trains roaring past. But a mile or so from the station stand the executive offices of Bertelsmann AG, a firm with annual sales of $6.3 billion.
December 23, 1987 | DAVID FREED, Times Staff Writer
The U.S. Justice Department initiated deportation proceedings Tuesday against a retired factory worker from La Puente, alleging that he was a guard at the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz, where as many as 4 million people were killed during World War II. Authorities said that Josef Eckert, 73, a native of what is now Yugoslavia, served in the German SS from 1943 through 1945, and "assisted or otherwise participated in the persecution" of Auschwitz prisoners, who were predominantly Jewish. Neal M.
August 29, 1987 | From Reuters
Austrian President Kurt Waldheim on Friday visited a former Nazi concentration camp, saying that he had a "sincere need to visit this place of horror." A handful of demonstrators carrying a banner reading "We Want an Anti-fascist as President" were on hand for the arrival of the 68-year-old former U.N. secretary general.
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