Jewish Journal

Toby Axelrod

  • Germany Works to Counter Biases of Muslim Youths

    February 25, 2009 | 4:00 am

    Onur looks intently at the photomontage. From all the famous news images, he picks one: New York’s World Trade Center aflame.

    “Did you know that the Jews were warned before to get out?” he whispers. “I read it on the Internet.”

    Onur, 15, and his classmates are...

  • New Shoah pension deal gives survivors ‘recognition of suffering’

    September 8, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    For Aviva G., the significance of last week's announcement that more Holocaust survivors like her will be eligible for pension payments from the German government was not about the money. It was about principle and the notion that a certain degree of justice may now be done.


  • Lessons From Nuremberg

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Their faces stare out in black and white: the defendants of Nuremberg. Today, the rain-spattered images hang outdoors at the Topography of Terror Exhibition and Documentation Center in Berlin.

    Sixty years ago, the men behind these pallid masks were tried for crimes against...

  • Calendars Remove Anti-Israel Day

    November 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    A campaign by Berlin-based activists has resulted in the erasure of "Al Quds Day" from some interfaith calendars in the United States and United Kingdom.

    As Iran's president was calling for Israel to be wiped off the map, members of Together Against Political Islam and...

  • German Jews Praise Merkel

    October 20, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    As Germany stands on the brink of a new political era -- about to have its first woman and first former East German as chancellor -- Jews are peering over the horizon with cautious optimism.

    Seven years of Chancellor Gerhard Schroeder turned out to be rather good for the Jews. But...

  • New Pope Visits German Synagogue

    August 25, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Pope Benedict XVI's visit to a German synagogue was replete with symbolism: most notably, the potential for positive relations between the country's Jewish community and a pope who served in the German army during World War II.

    For Germany's Jewish community, which has tripled to...

  • Book Details Hitler’s Knowledge of Shoah

    March 31, 2005 | 7:00 pm


    Hitler knew in detail about the attempted extermination of the Jews. That's according to "Das Buch Hitler" -- "The Hitler Book" -- a newly published German translation of a work written in Russian for Soviet dictator Josef Stalin in 1949.

    Though few have really doubted that...

  • Auschwitz Memorial Marks ‘45 Liberation

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The last time Trudy Spira was in Auschwitz, she was 12 years old. The day of liberation "is my second birthday -- I was reborn on that day," said Spira, who came from Venezuela with her son, Ernesto, 48, to show him the place that robbed her of her childhood.

    Ziggy Shipper, 75, and...

  • Hague Protest Mideast Conflict

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Holland turned into a staging ground for the Israeli-Palestinian conflict this week, as demonstrators converged on The Hague to talk about Israel's security barrier and Palestinian terrorism.

    As the International Court of Justice held hearings on the West Bank security fence,...

  • Group Releases E.U. Anti-Semitism Study

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    In an act of defiance against the European Union, the main Jewish body in Europe has released an unpublished report that found rising anti-Semitism among Muslims in Europe.

    Critics who want the study made public said the Vienna-based E.U. Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia...

  • Main Findings in Suppressed Report

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    The study that the European Union's Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia commissioned was prompted by a wave of anti-Semitic incidents in Europe that intensified in the spring of 2002. The report was suppressed, allegedly to avoid offending Europe's large Muslim communities....

  • Filing Cutoff Nears on Ghetto Pensions

    May 15, 2003 | 8:01 pm

    Time is running out for survivors of Nazi ghettos to apply for retroactive German pensions, a German advocacy group warned.

    Applications received after June 30 will not be eligible for payments going back to 1997, according to Lothar Evers, director of the German Association for...

  • A Healer Returns

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Daniel Libeskind is coming back to New York to help heal the wounds created on Sept. 11. He won't be working with words or medicine but with stone, cement, glass and steel.

    "My hopes are that out of the tragedy that happened, from the depths of the ground, something will soar into...

  • Goldhagen Book Rocks Germany

    October 17, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    The message is not new, but it still smarts in Germany: The Catholic Church stood by during the Holocaust and full atonement is long past due. That's the message of American scholar Daniel Goldhagen's latest controversial book, which is under attack from the church.

    Acting on...

  • An Appeal for Help

    August 22, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    Floodwaters have forced some 150 Jewish immigrant families to evacuate their refugee home in Dresden.

    They have joined at least 30,000 other residents of the historic German city who have lost homes and belongings in recent days, as floods from the Elbe River swept downstream. By...

  • Parents Want Proof

    November 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    The parents of Israeli soldiers kidnapped a year ago by Hezbollah are asking the World Jewish Congress (WJC) to help press their case.

    The parents of Benny Avraham, one of three soldiers kidnapped along Israel's northern border in October 2000, met Tuesday with WJC members attending...

  • A Historic Change

    October 25, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    History is in the making this fall in Germany with the opening of three new Jewish schools for adults.

    Two are rabbinical programs -- Germany's first since World War II ended -- and the third is the country's first Jewish higher education program for women.

    Three rabbinical...

  • Out of the Dustbin

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Orlowski sits at an outdoor cafe near the Jewish high school here, sipping a cappuccino. Bicyclists pass, sending long shadows across the cobblestone street.

    It is a long way from Russia's Ural Mountains, where Orlowski, 20, with close-cropped blond curls and a ready smile, was...

  • ‘The Danger Is Still Great Here’

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The man whom many call the conscience of Germany has announced that he has failed.

    In an interview with the newsweekly Stern, Ignatz Bubis gave a somber, often pessimistic assessment of his efforts to bring Jewish and non-Jewish Germans closer and to ensure that the Holocaust is never...

  • Berlin’s Jewish Museum

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The walls of the new Jewish Museum here are bare, except for shard-like windows that let in slashes of light. From the top floor, it seems the city's pre- and postwar buildings unfold outward like petals around this silvery, zigzag heart.

    Currently, it is a museum without exhibits,...

  • Community

    August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Left to right, Rabbis Abner Weiss, Lawrence Goldmark and Aaron Kriegel. Below, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin located on Witten berg Platz, outside the entrance to a subway, across the street from Berlin's largest department store. Photos by Toby Axelrod