Articles written by Toby Axelrod

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 By Toby Axelrod    Features    March 1, 2024

'Golda,' biopic about Israeli leader at war, wins top prize

BERLIN (JTA) – Israeli director Guy Nattiv and British actor Helen Mirren have received a Dove Award from the Cinema for Peace Foundation for their joint work in the 2023 biopic, “Golda,” in which Mirren stars as Golda Meir, the fourth prime minis...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    February 16, 2024

Grandson of Munich massacre victim assaulted in Berlin in alleged hate crime

BERLIN (JTA) — Police in Berlin have arrested a 23-year-old man who allegedly attacked and seriously wounded a Jewish student in a bar on Friday. The Jewish student and his family say the attack was a hate crime. The victim, Lahav Shapira, 30, was h...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 22, 2023

Citizenship applicants must sign statement in support of Israel

BERLIN (JTA) — Recognizing Israel’s right to exist is now mandatory for those who want to become German citizens in the former East German state of Saxony-Anhalt. Applicants living in the state will have to confirm in writing “that they recog...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    October 6, 2023

Germany bans neo-Nazi group to send 'signal against racism and antisemitism'

(JTA) - Germany has banned a neo-Nazi group after raiding the homes of its leaders across the country, in a move the government said "sends a clear signal against racism and antisemitism." The Hammers...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    July 14, 2023

Parts of synagogue destroyed in 1938 by Nazis found in the city's river

BERLIN (JTA) - Alongside Munich's river, construction workers made a sensational discovery last week: Stone tablets carved with the Ten Commandments from the city's former main synagogue, which was...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    April 21, 2023

'Death to the Jews' chants heard at Berlin pro-Palestinian rally

(JTA) — Berlin police are investigating a pro-Palestinian rally where demonstrators allegedly chanted “Death to the Jews” and “Death to Israel,” phrases that if verified could be criminal offenses under Germany’s strict post-World War II hate speech...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    February 17, 2023

Germany returns 16th-century sculpture to heirs of Jewish owner

BERLIN (JTA) - A federal German cultural organization has returned a 16th-century sculpture to the heirs of its pre-war Jewish owner who faced Nazi persecution. The Berlin-based Prussian Cultural...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    November 18, 2022

In Germany, Kristallnacht goes by a different name

(JTA) - This week, Jewish communities across the United States are commemorating the anniversary of Kristallnacht, the anti-Jewish riots that marked a brutal turning point in the Nazi campaign of...

 

Germany's public broadcaster mandates that all employees support Israel's right to exist

(JTA) — Germany’s public broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, has revised its code of conduct to require support for Israel’s right to exist, and employees who fail to do so may now be fired. The move announced Sept. 1 preceded a court order last week that...

 

Germany apologizes to Munich Massacre victims and opens research commission into events surrounding the tragedy

(JTA) - At a ceremony held on the air base where 11 Israeli athletes and coaches were murdered during the 1972 Munich Olympics, German officials apologized for the "lack of protection" that led to the...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    August 26, 2022

German director takes stereotypes by the horns

BERLIN (JTA) — Nestled in the Bavarian alps, the city of Oberammergau has one major claim to fame: every 10 years, it hosts the world-famous Passion Play, which tells the New Testament story of Jesus’ death and resurrection. It has been doing so sinc...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    August 5, 2022

Antisemitism scandal roils international art exhibition held in Germany

(JTA) - The director of a major international art exhibition has resigned after a work that included caricatures of Jews and Israelis ignited a reckoning over antisemitism. The scandal leaves...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 13, 2022

Israel's outgoing ambassador to Germany reflects on 4 of the country's most dramatic years since World War II

BERLIN (JTA) — Growing up in London had its ups and downs for Jeremy Issacharoff, Israel’s outgoing ambassador to Germany. On one hand, as a schoolboy he was beaten up by skinheads and called a “dirty Jew.” On the other hand, he had long, civiliz...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    March 11, 2022

Mounting refugee crisis in Poland

(JTA) - It is nearly 10 p.m. at the emergency refugee shelter in Tomaszow Lubelski, Poland, near the Ukrainian border. It's bitter cold; snowflakes catch in the headlights of the huge tourist bus...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    February 11, 2022

'Never again,' for the Uyghurs: Jews around the world ramp up China protests as Beijing Olympics start

BERLIN (JTA) - On a recent Friday afternoon, with the Beijing Olympic Games only three weeks away, Mischa Ushakov and Padma Wangyal chained themselves to the entrance of the Allianz insurance giant's...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    February 4, 2022

German teens and young adults are interested in learning about the Holocaust - but they want new ways to do so

BERLIN (JTA) - A new survey of youth in Germany shows growing interest in Nazi-era history, but it also suggests that their attention span is shrinking. According to the study conducted by the Cologne...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 31, 2021

Sections of lost Torah scroll reappear in a German town 83 years after Kristallnacht disappearance

BERLIN (JTA) - A German Protestant minister has handed over segments of a long lost Torah scroll to the city of Görlitz in southeast Germany, 83 years after his father, a town policeman, came into...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 21, 2021

German Jewish leaders call 15 percent rise in politically motivated antisemitic crimes 'absolutely alarming'

BERLIN (JTA) – The number of politically motivated crimes rose sharply in Germany last year, including a 15 percent rise in antisemitic offenses. The total documented by the country’s federal police force is the highest since contemporary rec...

 

Fauci receives award from Holocaust remembrance group and references Maimonides

(JTA) — Drawing a line between its mission of Holocaust remembrance and the ravages inflicted by the coronavirus pandemic, the March of the Living honored Dr. Anthony Fauci with an award for “moral courage in medicine” on the eve of Yom Hasho...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    January 22, 2021

Jewish leader apologizes for wrongly administered vaccines

BERLIN (JTA) — The head of Austria’s Jewish community has apologized for COVID-19 vaccine doses that were administered to community members, including himself, who were not meant to receive them. In a letter to the community released Monday, Osk...

 

Jewish artwork hidden during Holocaust needs a home

(JTA) - Plans are under way to find a home for a huge trove of works by a nearly forgotten Jewish artist that was uncovered 78 years after her death in a Nazi concentration camp. The works of Czech...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    August 7, 2020

Holocaust survivors launch campaign to fight Holocaust denial on Facebook

BERLIN (JTA) — Joining a growing chorus of critical voices, Holocaust survivors have launched an international online campaign criticizing Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg that is aimed at countering Holocaust denial on his social media platform. S...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    July 10, 2020

In Germany, several churches have perverse anti-Semitic sculptures from the Middle Ages - can one man get them taken down?

BERLIN (JTA) - They date back to the late Middle Ages and irritate to this day: The Judensau (literally "Jewish sow") is a Christian folk image that depicts Jews sucking on the teats or peering into...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    July 10, 2020

110-year-old Jewish business mural reveals when building torn down

BERLIN (JTA) - In May, a demolition crew tore down a building in the western German city of Gelsenkirchen. As the walls fell, a 110-year-old advertising mural on the adjacent brick wall was exposed....

 
 By Toby Axelrod    Features    June 26, 2020

At a German train station, a unique memorial is dedicated to Jews deported to their death

BERLIN (JTA) - Nearly 80 years after the last train sent Jews to almost certain death from the main railway station in Wurzburg, a memorial to those who perished was dedicated in the German city. The...

 

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