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February 10, 1998 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With prayers in Hebrew and the affixing of a glass mezuza to the door frame, the American Jewish Committee on Monday inaugurated a center here--sponsored by Lawrence and Lee Ramer of Los Angeles--dedicated to improving relations between Germans and American Jews. The Lawrence and Lee Ramer Center for German-Jewish Relations is the American Jewish Committee's first permanent facility in Europe.
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July 16, 2000 | CAROL J. WILLIAMS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
This dreary industrial city was once as renowned for its namesake hats as is Homburg, but nowadays its notoriety comes from a more disturbing cranial fashion. This is Germany's skinhead capital, its center of neo-Nazi violence and nationalist hatred.
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November 30, 1992 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a sense of urgency bordering on desperation, German leaders considered new measures Sunday to better combat the revival of right-wing extremism in the country, but the attacks continued unabated, with police reporting firebombings or assaults against foreigners in six cities. There were no deaths in any of Sunday's attacks.
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February 10, 1998 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With prayers in Hebrew and the affixing of a glass mezuza to the door frame, the American Jewish Committee on Monday inaugurated a center here--sponsored by Lawrence and Lee Ramer of Los Angeles--dedicated to improving relations between Germans and American Jews. The Lawrence and Lee Ramer Center for German-Jewish Relations is the American Jewish Committee's first permanent facility in Europe.
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September 1, 1992 | From Reuters
The German Parliament's Domestic Affairs Committee held an emergency meeting Monday to discuss right-wing violence rocking the country's troubled east but was unable to agree on ways to combat the unrest. Government politicians renewed demands that the opposition Social Democratic Party agree to amend the constitution to limit a stream of foreign refugees coming to Germany in search of political asylum.
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June 17, 1993 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced dramatic steps Wednesday to fight a deadly surge of racist violence sweeping Germany and promised "fast" reforms of an 80-year-old citizenship law that could offer foreigners equal rights for the first time ever.
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March 8, 1993 | TYLER MARSHALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A party of the extreme right wing scored big gains in a bellwether German local election Sunday in a result seen as reflecting mounting disillusionment and impatience among voters nationally. The rightist Republikaner party won just over 8% of the vote in elections for local government seats in the affluent western state of Hesse, which includes the country's financial capital, Frankfurt.
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August 31, 1992 | Times Wire Services
Rightist thugs burned down a tent city for refugees in Leipzig and rumbled with police as Germany grappled again Sunday with racist violence. Police agencies reported neo-Nazi attacks in at least eight cities, most of them in economically depressed eastern Germany. At least 26 people were arrested and a dozen hurt Sunday. Roughly 180 arrests were reported during confrontations the day before.
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June 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Houses occupied by foreigners were attacked by arsonists in four different parts of Germany, and 14 Turks were hospitalized suffering from smoke inhalation, police said. There were no serious injuries in the attacks, which have become virtually a nightly occurrence since the firebomb murder of five Turkish women and children in Solingen on May 29. There was also more retaliation from the Turkish community.
SPORTS
February 9, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here he is, coming up to the Winter Olympics with a legitimate chance to be the first American to win a medal in luge, and he is still questioned more about race relations than race results. Duncan Kennedy turns that phrase with the same ease that he believes he has turned a corner on his passive and disappointing performances in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Games.
NEWS
January 21, 1996 | From Reuters
A Lebanese refugee was arrested Saturday on suspicion of setting a fire that killed 10 people last week in a German foreigners' hostel where he and his family lived. A judge ordered the 21-year-old man, who was not identified, to be formally placed under arrest late Saturday for aggravated arson, 10 counts of murder and 38 counts of attempted murder, prosecutors in the northern port of Lubeck said.
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August 4, 1995 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A renewed campaign of arson attacks on Turkish family businesses, mosques and social clubs in Germany is raising concerns about how far militant Kurds living in Germany will go in their fight for separation from Turkey. As of Thursday, there had been at least one attack per night for the last 10 nights, at Turkish homes, businesses, community centers or other sites identified with Turkish life.
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March 31, 1994 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German prosecutors launched a criminal investigation Wednesday of a far-right politician who suggested in the wake of last week's synagogue firebombing that certain Jews are themselves to blame for a rise in anti-Jewish sentiment here. Franz Schoenhuber--a 71-year-old former volunteer in the personal guard of Adolf Hitler in the Waffen-SS and now leader of the rightist Republikaner party--singled out one German Jewish leader as "one of those most responsible for provoking anti-Semitism."
SPORTS
February 9, 1994 | ROSS NEWHAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Here he is, coming up to the Winter Olympics with a legitimate chance to be the first American to win a medal in luge, and he is still questioned more about race relations than race results. Duncan Kennedy turns that phrase with the same ease that he believes he has turned a corner on his passive and disappointing performances in the 1988 and 1992 Winter Games.
NEWS
August 27, 1993 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Racist violence and membership in neo-Nazi gangs have hit a deadly new high in Germany despite a crackdown against the militant right, the government said Thursday. The number of attacks by mostly young right-wing extremists jumped 74% last year, to 2,584, according to the Interior Ministry, and the upward trend continues this year, with about 1,300 incidents recorded in the first six months, roughly twice the rate for the comparable 1992 period.
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August 23, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Police in eastern Germany arrested about 180 people trying to stage a concert featuring right-wing racist "skin bands," spokesmen said. Hundreds of officers were in action across the states of Brandenburg and Saxony-Anhalt to block skinheads seeking an alternative venue for a Saturday concert that had been banned in the town of Pritzerbe. Spokesmen said those arrested included members of two right-wing bands.
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March 31, 1994 | MARY WILLIAMS WALSH, TIMES STAFF WRITER
German prosecutors launched a criminal investigation Wednesday of a far-right politician who suggested in the wake of last week's synagogue firebombing that certain Jews are themselves to blame for a rise in anti-Jewish sentiment here. Franz Schoenhuber--a 71-year-old former volunteer in the personal guard of Adolf Hitler in the Waffen-SS and now leader of the rightist Republikaner party--singled out one German Jewish leader as "one of those most responsible for provoking anti-Semitism."
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November 29, 1992 | From Associated Press
Police raided dozens of homes of right-wing extremists across Germany and found explosives, weapons and neo-Nazi propaganda, officials said Saturday. Tens of thousands demonstrated peacefully in more than 20 German cities to protest violence against foreigners, though trouble erupted during a march in the northern town of Moelln, where three Turks died when their home was firebombed Monday.
NEWS
June 17, 1993 | TAMARA JONES, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Chancellor Helmut Kohl announced dramatic steps Wednesday to fight a deadly surge of racist violence sweeping Germany and promised "fast" reforms of an 80-year-old citizenship law that could offer foreigners equal rights for the first time ever.
NEWS
June 9, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
Houses occupied by foreigners were attacked by arsonists in four different parts of Germany, and 14 Turks were hospitalized suffering from smoke inhalation, police said. There were no serious injuries in the attacks, which have become virtually a nightly occurrence since the firebomb murder of five Turkish women and children in Solingen on May 29. There was also more retaliation from the Turkish community.
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