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is JTA's correspondent for Germany, Switzerland and Austria. A former assistant director of the American Jewish Committee's Berlin office, she has also worked as staff writer and editor at the New York Jewish Week. She has won numerous awards from the New York Press Association and the American Jewish Press Association. She has published books on Holocaust history for teen-agers.

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  • German Jewish leader barred from labeling Jewish critic of Israel as ‘notorious’

    BERLIN (JTA) — A German Jewish leader was reprimanded by a German court for describing a Jewish critic of Israel as “notorious” for anti-Semitic remarks. Charlotte Knobloch, head of Munich’s Jewish community and of the Bavarian Jewish umbrella group, made the assertion about Jewish blogger Abraham Melzer of Frankfurt in a private email in September. Melzer sued in response. Knobloch,…

  • Germany’s Left Party, Jewish leaders meet to discuss rise of populism, anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Fears about an increase in populist and right-wing extremism were at the top of the agenda for Jewish leaders in Germany in their first ever meeting with leaders of the Left Party. In a joint statement, the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Left Party called on civil society and government to take a…

  • German Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, 88, again sentenced to prison

    (JTA) — Ursula Haverbeck, a well-known historical revisionist, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for Holocaust denial by a German court. Haverbeck, 88, was convicted by a court in Verden on the basis of numerous articles she had published in the local newspaper Stimme des Reiches, or “Voice of the Reich,” in which she denied that…

  • Chabad in Berlin receives $2 million in federal funding

    (JTA) — The Jewish Museum and Chabad-Lubavitch in Berlin have received major funding from the federal government. Chabad will receive $2.15 million from a $1.75 billion pot intended for cultural institutions and projects in Berlin, it was announced last week. The Jewish Museum Berlin will receive $7 million in 2017, an increase of $1.18 million. The added…

  • Details emerge about Jewish man whose killing of German triggered Kristallnacht

    (JTA) — A photo found in Vienna suggests that Herschel Grynszpan, whose murder of a German diplomat in 1938 was used as a pretext to launch the Kristallnacht pogrom 78 years ago this week, may have survived World War II. It was previously believed that Grynszpan, a Jew of Polish background who was 17 when he…

  • Hamburg gets Reform cemetery

    (JTA) — The Reform congregation in the German city of Hamburg has dedicated its first Jewish cemetery. In ceremonies earlier this month, Rabbi Moshe Navon, who also heads the Liberal congregation in Bad Pyrmont, inaugurated the community’s section of the Ohlsdorf cemetery, which was supported with a gift of $3,280 for plantings at the site…

  • Right-populist party’s strong showing in Berlin voting seen as ‘Nazi renaissance’

    BERLIN (JTA) — In what one German Jewish leader is calling a “Nazi renaissance,” Germany’s newest right-populist party — Alternative for Germany — has broken the Berlin barrier, gaining seats for the first time in that state’s parliament. The anti-immigrant, Euro-sceptic party, which has been plagued by controversies over anti-Semitism in its ranks, finished fifth in Sunday’s vote with…

  • Kosher bratwurst coming to former East German state of Thuringen

    BERLIN (JTA) — Observant Jews have a traditional German treat coming their way — a kosher Thuringian bratwurst. The kosher version of the famed aromatic sausage from the former East German state of Thuringen will be introduced to the public at October’s annual Onion Festival in Weimar — between Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur — the Berlin-based chef…

  • German judge evades punishment for helping survivors apply for ghetto pensions

    (JTA) — A German judge who landed in legal trouble after helping Holocaust survivors apply for ghetto pensions has settled the case against him out of court. The North Rhine-Westphalia Ministry of Justice announced the settlement on Tuesday. In its statement, the ministry said that as part of the agreement with Jan-Robert von Renesse, neither side would…

  • Jewish leaders seek explanations over Iranian minister’s secret visit to Berlin

    (JTA) — An alleged visit to Berlin by Iran’s intelligence minister has raised the eyebrows and ire of Jewish leaders in Germany. Citing Iranian media reports, the American Jewish Committee in Berlin has asked for an official explanation from the German government as to why the minister, Mahmoud Alawi, would have been officially invited to Berlin. “Iran’s secret…