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 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...


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...

 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,...


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....

 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...

 By Toby Axelrod    News    January 10, 2020

After death threat, pianist Igor Levit warns of rising hatred in Germany

(JTA)-Pianist Igor Levit says he has received death threats and is warning about an increase in hate crimes in Germany. The Russian-born musician, 32, whose family immigrated to Germany in 1995, said... Full story

 By Toby Axelrod    News    December 27, 2019

Makers of Krispy Kreme giving tens of millions to Holocaust survivors and education

(JTA)—A major German industry family will donate tens of millions of dollars to support Holocaust survivors and former forced laborers in the Nazi era. In addition to one-time donations to the Claims Conference and individual laborers, the Reimann... Full story


Artur Brauner, German-Jewish producer of 'Europa Europa' and other major films, dies at 100

(JTA)-German-Jewish film producer Artur Brauner, whose award-winning films include "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Europa Europa," has died at the age of 100. Brauner, who died Sunday in... Full story


40 years later, the 'Holocaust' miniseries returns to Germany

BERLIN (JTA)-For Sigmount Koenigsberg, the most searing scene in the U.S.-made "Holocaust" miniseries broadcast here 40 years ago was when a German child throws photos of a Jewish family into a... Full story

 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... Full story


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... Full story


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... Full story

 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.... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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... Full story

 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,... Full story

 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... Full story


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