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 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 11, 2018

Berlin volunteers hand out 6,000 kippahs at public parks in solidarity with Jews

BERLIN (JTA)-In an unusual sight, the people lazing about or strolling down the paths in several parks here on a sun-drenched Sunday were wearing gleaming white kippahs. Seventy volunteers handed out...

 

A girl's pendant found at Sobibor reunites a Jewish family spread across the globe

BERLIN (JTA)-In late 1943, the Germans were desperate to cover all traces of their death camp in Sobibor, Poland. They demolished buildings, bulldozed the evidence, planted trees. More than 70 years...

 

45 years after the Munich Massacre, murdered Israeli Olympians get a memorial

(JTA)-Forty-five years after the murderous PLO attack on Israeli Olympic team members at the 1972 games, a memorial dedicated to the victims opened today in Munich. The memorial-largely realized through the persistent efforts of family...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    June 30, 2017

These young Jews are optimistic about their future in Europe

BERLIN (JTA)-It's a drizzly Saturday morning in May. Some 160 young Jews, mostly European and ranging from Orthodox to secular, have come to the Hotel Berlin to talk about everything under the sun....

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 30, 2016

Berlin attack highlights divide over refugees in fractious German Jewish community

BERLIN (JTA)-Even before the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Jews in Germany were divided in their approach to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Muslim...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    May 15, 2015

It's complicated: Germany and Israel mark golden anniversary as friends

BERLIN (JTA)-This month marks 50 years since Israel and West Germany established diplomatic ties. It has been an understandably complex relationship, launched two decades after the Holocaust ended...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    February 6, 2015

Survivors return to Auschwitz determined to share their stories

KRAKOW, Poland (JTA)-What kept you alive? Did your non-Jewish friends reject you? Could you ever forgive? Those were some of the questions posed by Jewish young adults to Holocaust survivor Marcel...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 6, 2013

First steps taken to identify trove of Holocaust-era art found in Munich

BERLIN (JTA)—The extraordinary disclosure that a trove of more than 1,400 vanished artworks were found in a Munich apartment has raised more questions than it has answered. What were these works, which were produced by masters such as Chagall,...

 
 By Toby Axelrod    News    April 5, 2013

For Holocaust survivor, Siemens was a roadblock to his story

BERLIN (JTA)—I was 23 when I first met my cousin Gilbert Michlin. He was sitting at a brasserie near his office in Paris wearing a dark suit with a folded handkerchief poking out of the breast...

 

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