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  • German Holocaust film ‘Phoenix’ examines life after death camps

    By Tom Tugend

    July 29, 2015 | 11:33 am

    The phoenix is a mythical firebird that lives for centuries, dies in flames and then rises from its ashes to start life anew.

    Phoenix is the name of a nightclub in 1945 Berlin, a city consumed by Allied bombs and Russian canons, trying to rise again after Germany’s crushing...

  • Maccabi Games to play at Olympic venues built by Nazis

    July 27, 2015 | 11:00 am

    They are roaring through Europe, raising dust as they go: Jewish bikers bearing an Olympic-style torch all the way from Israel to Berlin.

    On July 27, 11 core riders will pull their steel steeds into the German city’s famous outdoor amphitheater, the Waldbuehne, to help usher in...

  • Reflections on the Charleston murders from Berlin: A conscience

    By Rabbi Mordecai Finley

    June 22, 2015 | 1:35 pm

    I was sitting at the lunch tables yesterday here at the language school in Berlin, checking the news, when I read of the massacre at Emanuel AME in Charleston. My heart stopped in grief, thinking of the horror in that church. A very deep sadness came over me, for the victims and...

  • Me, naked at a Berlin spa

    By Rob Eshman

    June 19, 2015 | 8:11 am

    When I was in Berlin last year, I decided to go to a spa.

    My entire life, I’d read how famous Europeans “took the waters” to restore their health and psyches. Kafka recuperated at Marienbad, Goethe at Franzensbad, Dickens at Harrogate. Herzl summered at Altaussee, as did many...

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  • Jewish groups to protest pro-Palestinian gathering in Berlin

    April 22, 2015 | 9:15 am

    A coalition of Jewish and pro-Israel groups is planning to protest a pro-Palestinian event in Berlin that is alleged to have ties to Hamas, Hezbollah and Iran.

    Fearing a resurgence of the hate speech and violence that marked last summer’s anti-Israel protests in Germany, the...

  • Suspect arrested in Berlin murder of Israeli man

    April 13, 2015 | 9:47 am

    An Albanian man was arrested in connection with the murder of an Israeli in Berlin.

    The suspect was taken into custody late Friday in the Czech Republic near the German border. Germany will seek to extradite him, The Associated Press reported.

    The victim, who was identified as...

  • Disfigured body with Israeli passport found in Berlin

    April 8, 2015 | 1:11 pm

    Police in Berlin found the disfigured body of a man carrying an Israeli passport.

    The body was found Sunday amid the rubble of construction being done at a local church, Army Radio reported Wednesday. The body was so badly bruised that it was unrecognizable, raising suspicion...

  • German Jewish magazine to hide publication’s name in deliveries

    February 25, 2015 | 10:48 am

    A monthly Jewish magazine in Germany said it will deliver copies to subscribers in blank envelopes as a response to recent anti-Semitic attacks across Europe.

    Judisches Berlin, or Jewish Berlin, is taking the measure to hide the publication’s name.

    “We decided to do so despite...

  • Jewish dealers’ heirs turn to U.S. to recover German art trove

    February 24, 2015 | 1:32 pm

    The heirs of Jewish art dealers who say their families were forced to sell the Nazis a trove of medieval church treasure worth some $250 million today have turned to a U.S. court to reclaim it, after failing in their attempts in Germany.

    The collection, known as the Guelph...

  • Son’s postcard to Lodz Ghetto resurfaces 72 years later

    By  Tom Tugend

    February 12, 2015 | 5:18 pm

    Almost 73 years ago, on March 21, 1942, Stefan Prager wrote a postcard from Sweden to his parents, who had been deported from their native Berlin to the Lodz Ghetto in Poland.

    He wrote about his recently celebrated 18th birthday, adding, “I’m feeling healthy and the winter passed...

  • Herzog brings his female ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ to Berlin film contest

    February 6, 2015 | 1:01 pm

    Nicole Kidman says she loves the desert, which was lucky for her as veteran German director Werner Herzog expected her to spend a lot of time there for his entry for this year's Berlin film festival competition.

    His "Queen of the Desert," which had its premiere on Friday is based...

  • Immigrant nation

    By Rob Eshman

    November 22, 2014 | 10:54 pm

    When you emerge from the Berlin subway into the Hermannplatz neighborhood, you enter Turkey.  Food stalls offer fresh-squeezed pomegranate juice, sesame-encrusted simit and flakey boreks oozing sheep’s milk cheeses.  The language spoken on the street, the signs, the music from...

  • Germany celebrates 25th anniversary of fall of Berlin Wall

    November 9, 2014 | 11:57 pm

    More than a million Germans and people from around the world on Sunday celebrated the 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, the event that more than any other marked the end of the Cold War.

    A spectacular 15 kilometer-long string of 7,000 illuminated helium balloons...

  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    November 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • Israeli emigration to Berlin: It makes sense

    October 20, 2014 | 2:38 pm

    The uproar in Israel about the so-called “Milky” affair has two distinct aspects. First, it calls attention to Israel’s current economic situation which has caused both real and perceived problems, especially for young people. The other, and rather darker, issue is that it has...
  • Yom Kippur in Nineveh or the teshuvah of Berlin

    October 7, 2014 | 10:14 am

    In Berlin’s Pergamon Museum, tourists gawk at Assyrian soldiers frozen in an alabaster relief, remnants from the ruins of Nineveh. The sins of Nineveh are overshadowed by the relief’s artistic merit. On Yom Kippur, in synagogues throughout Berlin and the world, we read about...

  • The man with the mustache, the Sukkah, and Israelis’ emigration to Berlin

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 7, 2014 | 5:03 am

    Israelis – once again – are having a Berlin moment. That is, they have discovered – once again – that life in Berlin is so much cheaper, and they are perplexed and angry and terrified – once again – by the fact that some young Israelis have decided to immigrate to Berlin because of...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    September 16, 2014 | 9:07 am

    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...

  • 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...

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