December 2, 1989 |
The East German Parliament voted overwhelmingly Friday in East Berlin to strip the Communist Party of its monopoly on political power. A handful of members abstained, but the rest of the 500 members agreed by a show of hands to abolish the party's dominant position--a key step demanded by the popular movement for reform.
November 25, 1989 |
The few Jews remaining in East Germany are viewing the tumultuous rush of events here by "laughing with one eye and crying with the other," according to a prominent Jewish community leader. And that German expression--conveying a bittersweet reaction to the fast-moving political and economic changes--is appropriate for several reasons, said Peter Fischer, a sociologist who is secretary of an alliance of East Germany's tiny and far-flung Jewish communities.
November 10, 1988 |
Germans and Austrians gathered Wednesday to observe the 50th anniversary of the event that ushered in the Holocaust, and Chancellor Helmut Kohl was interrupted by heckling as he attempted a national atonement for the Nazi pogrom against Jews in Germany.
October 19, 1988
Edgar M. Bronfman, the president of the World Jewish Congress, said the East Germans have agreed to accept moral responsibility and pay reparations to Jewish "sufferers and survivors" of the Nazi Holocaust, but he did not give specifics. There was no statement on the issue from the official East German news agency ADN, which had provided extensive coverage of the visit.
October 18, 1988 |
East German President Erich Honecker on Monday presented an award to Edgar M. Bronfman, president of the World Jewish Congress, who is in East Germany to discuss reparation payments to Jewish survivors of the Nazi Holocaust. At a ceremony in the Council of State building, Honecker gave Bronfman the Grand Star of People's Friendship in recognition of Bronfman's work for peace, international cooperation and understanding.
January 26, 1988 |
East Germany, reversing a policy in effect since 1952, has agreed in principle to pay reparations to Jewish victims of Nazism, officials of the World Jewish Congress said on Monday. A spokesman for the East German Embassy in Washington confirmed that discussions on reparations are continuing. "I can say that talks are under way between the (East) German Democratic Republic and interested organizations in the United States," embassy press officer Frank Mader said.