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  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

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    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

  • Swedish University to archive Ravensbrück survivors’ stories

    By Tom Tugend

    August 14, 2014 | 2:02 pm

    “We arrived at the Ravensbrück concentration camp in October 1944, were led to a steam bath, and our hair was cut off. We got numbers and a yellow star — for Jewish. My number was 72316,” one liberated woman prisoner testified.

    “Conditions were dreadful — four sleeping in the...

  • German Jewish leader: Don’t be intimidated by anti-Semitic protests

    July 21, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Germany’s main Jewish leader called on Jews not to be intimidated by a recent spate of anti-Israel demonstrations featuring violently anti-Jewish slogans.

    With protests against Israel occurring daily throughout the country – including Monday outside the Israeli Embassy in Berlin...

  • Anti-Semitic pro-Palestinian rally in Berlin spurs charges

    July 18, 2014 | 9:09 am

    Following a pro-Palestinian demonstration in Berlin on Thursday at which participants chanted anti-Jewish slogans, the American Jewish Committee in Berlin has filed charges with police.

    According to a press statement, marchers chanted, “Jew, Jew,cowardly pig, come on out and...

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  • Getting to know Germany…up close

    February 26, 2014 | 3:57 pm

    So this is where they did it,” I think to myself. I’m in Berlin, headed to a hotel, and all I can think about is the Holocaust. A truck pulls in front of me. On the back is written “Schnell!” The exclamation point cues me in. It’s an ad. It wants me to hurry up and buy something....

  • Director who supports Israel boycott to be awarded at Berlin festival

    February 12, 2014 | 1:58 pm

    A film director who backs boycotting Israeli artists is to receive the highest honorary award at the International Film Festival in Berlin.

    Jewish leaders in Germany have reacted with dismay to the decision to award an honorary Golden Bear to Ken Loach, British director of such...

  • Google apologizes for having Adolf Hitler Square on maps function

    January 13, 2014 | 12:46 pm

    Google apologized for labeling a Berlin intersection as Adolf-Hitler-Platz, its Nazi-era name, on Google Maps.

    The company apologized on Friday upon being made aware of the error, which apparently was edited in by users of its Map Maker function. The Nazi-era name was available...

  • Music makes the long journey from Israel to L.A.

    January 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    It was late during World War II and Curt Lowens, a member of the Dutch resistance whose family had fled Berlin after Kristallnacht, saw an Allied plane in distress. He knew what he had to do. 

    Lowens followed the plane, watched as its pilots bailed out and then met them on the...

  • Conservative Judaism reborn — in Germany

    November 26, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    Of late, it’s been depressing to be a Conservative Jew. News of demographic and organizational challenges have fed a frenzy of articles delighting in our imminent demise. Many of the criticisms of Conservative Judaism are rooted in serious and valid concerns. Many of them are...

  • Meeting JFK

    November 19, 2013 | 1:34 pm

    I was tutoring a student. We were reading about Colonial America. Every facet of life in that distant era seemed so bizarre to her 21st century sensibilities. She winced when we read that roasted squirrel was considered a tasty treat. She was visibly disturbed to learn that...

  • Israeli-Iranian DJ group spins for peace in Berlin

    November 18, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    It’s 4 a.m. at the famous Kater Holzig club and hundreds of beautiful young people are going crazy on the dance floor to the sound of heavy electronic beats.

    To the casual clubber, it’s just another ordinary night out in Europe’s hottest city. But this gathering is far from...

  • Kristallnacht witness joined allied forces against Germany

    By Jared Sichel

    November 7, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Fred Heim remembers walking on cloud nine the day he was sworn in to the United States Navy, a cold Chicago day in December 1944.

    “Joining the Navy was the most important thing in my life,” Heim, 86, told the Journal. “The day that I was sworn in, I will never forget it.”

    Born...

  • 75 years after Kristallnacht: Time to toughen up and reclaim our memory

    November 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Seventy-five years later, the very word Kristallnacht still casts a long shadow — on Europe and on the Jewish people.

    The countrywide pogrom orchestrated in 1938 by the German High Command marked the Nazi regime’s transition from the quasi-legal, anti-Jewish discrimination of the...

  • What’s in a name? The false narrative of Kristallnacht

    November 7, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Two years ago, I was among a group of 24 young American Jews visiting a Protestant Church in Berlin to commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht. On that night, November 9, 1938, Nazi gangs destroyed thousands of synagogues and other Jewish-owned buildings across Germany,...

  • Last Hitler Bunker witness Rochus Misch dies at 96

    September 7, 2013 | 5:18 pm

    Rochus Misch, the last surviving witness of Adolf Hitler's final days in the Berlin bunker who always referred to the Nazi dictator as "the Boss," has died in his home at the age of 96, his book agent said on Friday.

    Misch, who told Reuters in a 2007 interview at his home that...

  • Thor Freudenthal on ‘Percy Jackson,’ grandparents on Schindler’s list

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 8, 2013 | 10:20 am

    The whirling, sea-belching monster Charybdis.  A Manticore with a lion’s body and scorpion’s tail.  A man-eating Cyclops.  These are just a few of the beasts threatening the teenaged heroes in Thor Freudenthal’s adventure fantasy “Percy Jackson:  Sea of Monsters,” the second film...

  • In Berlin, Michelle Obama and daughters visit Holocaust memorial

    June 26, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    First lady Michelle Obama and daughters Malia and Sasha visited the Holocaust memorial in Berlin amid tight security.

    Obama and her daughters spent about a half-hour on the morning of June 19 visiting the sea of 2,711 steles that comprise the memorial, according to Uwe...

  • This week in power: French president, Jewish fund, Egypt support, Bronner op-ed

    By Danny Groner

    May 30, 2013 | 3:36 am

    A roundup of the most talked about political and global stories in the Jewish world this week:

    Re-meeting Cukierman
    Roger Cukierman was elected last week to head the Representative Council of Jewish Institutions in France, the representative body of French Jewry. He served...

  • Wrestling with it: U.S. vs. Iran

    May 15, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    Iran is a mainstay in international wrestling. The United States has a long and proud wrestling history, too. In February, the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) policy-making executive board moved to exclude wrestling from the 2020 Summer Games program. Sports officials in...

  • Peter Daniels

    By Jane Ulman

    May 1, 2013 | 12:41 pm

    From the time he was 4, Peter Daniels — then Peter Berlowitz — spent his days mostly staring out the window of a two-room flat in Berlin. It was 1940, and Jews were forbidden from hiring domestic help under the Nuremberg Laws. Peter’s mother, Hilde Berlowitz, was forced to leave...

  • Berlin's "Jew In a Box" Exhibit Needs to Change

    April 4, 2013 | 10:37 am

    What does it mean to reduce the contemporary Jewish experience to a series of quotes, objects, stereotypes and to conclude an exhibit by placing a live human in a glass box to answer the questions of museum-goers (regardless of merit or cultural sensitivity)? On March 22, Jews...

  • Filmmaker Claude Lanzmann honored at Berlin film festival

    February 14, 2013 | 5:40 am

    French documentary filmmaker and producer Claude Lanzmann will be honored at the 63rd Berlin International Film Festival, where he spoke about filming his famous "Shoah" documentary.

    Lanzmann, 87, will receive an Honorary Golden Bear for his lifetime achievement on Thursday...

  • Settlements showdown beckons for Netanyahu in Berlin

    December 4, 2012 | 4:47 pm

    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu faces a dressing down from Angela Merkel on Wednesday over his plans to build more Israeli settlements, a policy that has incensed Europe and left even Germany, one of Israel's strongest allies, questioning his commitment to peace.

    The...

  • Berlin’s Jewish community offering help for Sandy victims

    November 6, 2012 | 9:46 am

    A Jewish woman in Berlin with family in hard-hit Staten Island, N.Y., started a clothing drive for those affected by superstorm Sandy.

    Bella Zchwiraschwili, an event manager, was moved to action after seeing what happened to her own aunts, uncles and cousins. Zchwiraschwili asked...

  • Marin bookstore, UCLA cancel talks by Free Gaza activist

    October 17, 2012 | 1:16 pm

    Greta Berlin, the co-founder of the Free Gaza Movement —who has come under fire for tweeting that Zionists created and ran the Nazi concentration camps — has had her upcoming book talks canceled by at least two California venues.

    Book Passage cancelled Berlin’s Sunday, Oct. 21...

  • Berlin demonstration calls for right to ritual circumcision

    September 10, 2012 | 8:33 am

    Jews and Muslims in Berlin demonstrated for the right to carry out ritual circumcisions, a right that has been endangered in Germany.

    Under the slogan "On Knife's Edge: Religious Freedom," some 300 demonstrators rallied Saturday at Bebelplatz, the site of the 1933 Nazi book...

  • Berlin police probing second anti-Semitic incident in a week

    September 4, 2012 | 10:26 am

    A second anti-Semitic attack in Berlin within a week has prompted the launch of a state police investigation.

    Berlin police said Monday that 13 girls from the Chabad Or Avner primary school were verbally abused with anti-Semitic slogans by four teenage girls fom the neighboring...

  • Distinct voices

    August 27, 2012 | 11:15 am

    A cantata is a musical composition typically composed of solos, duets, and other forms for voice, sung with instrumental accompaniment. Thus framed, the title of Jeffrey Lewis’s latest novel, “Berlin Cantata” (Haus, $15, ISBN 978-1-907822-43-8), aligns nicely with the book’s...

  • German circumcision ban unites religions, worries doctors

    July 12, 2012 | 6:08 pm

    A German court’s ban on circumcising baby boys has provoked a rare show of unity between Jews, Muslims and Christians who see it as a threat to religious freedom, while doctors warn it could increase health risks by forcing the practice underground.

    European rabbis meeting in Berlin...

  • Rabbis to meet in Berlin to protest circumcision ban

    July 9, 2012 | 5:32 pm

    Jewish religious leaders will hold an international meeting in Berlin on Tuesday to discuss how to respond to a German court ruling against performing circumcision on baby boys, which also sparked protests from Muslims and Christians in Germany.

    A court in the western city of...

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