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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.


  • 2 Israeli films win top audience honors at Berlin festival

    BERLIN (JTA) — An Arab-Israeli rap artist won over audiences at the 66th annual Berlin International Film Festival, gleaning a top public prize for Israeli director Udi Aloni. “Junction 48” was one of two Israeli productions to take home Panorama Audience Awards on Saturday, winning for best feature. It tells the story of a young Arab-Israeli couple from…

  • Report: German bank to close BDS group’s account

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s branch of the BDS movement may have been forced to give up its bank account used for fundraising, according to a report in The Jerusalem Post. Jurgen Eikenbusch, spokesman for DAB Bank Munich, told JTA on Thursday that he could not confirm that a decision had been made about the account of…

  • Debut German film on Anne Frank premiering at Berlin festival

    BERLIN  (JTA) —  A German feature film about Anne Frank will have its world premiere at the Berlin International Film festival. “Das Tagebuch der Anne Frank, or the “Diary of Anne Frank,” directed by Hans Steinbichler, will be presented Tuesday in a special screening for youth at the festival, called the Berlinale, which runs through…

  • Memorial monument, 2 Jewish cemeteries vandalized in Germany

    (JTA) — Acts of vandalism were reported at several German Jewish cemeteries and memorials in recent weeks. Unidentified individuals defaced dozens of “stumbling block” memorials in the Tempelhof-Schöneberg district of Berlin, covering them with gray paint on Tuesday, according to police, who are investigating the incident. The small, brass blocks set into sidewalks note the…

  • AJC in Berlin urges action to change Arab refugees’ anti-democratic values

    MUNICH (JTA) – Amid fears that Muslim refugees’ arrival to Germany may cause problems for local Jews, the American Jewish Committee in Berlin called for a national summit on ways to combat anti-democratic values among the newcomers. “It is five minutes before midnight, but not yet too late,” said AJC Berlin director Deidre Berger in…

  • Non-Jewish Germans honored for preserving local Jewish history

    The Obermayer German Jewish History Awards were presented in the Berlin Senate as Germany prepares to mark International Holocaust Remembrance Day, the 71st anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

  • Merkel: Anti-Semitism in Germany ‘more widespread than we imagine’

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany must set clear boundaries in the fight against anti-Semitism, Chancellor Angela Merkel said ahead of International Holocaust Remembrance Day. Anti-Semitism in Germany is “more widespread than we imagine,” Merkel said in a conversation with Jewish media expert Oren Osterer in a podcast aired Saturday, noting several fronts: schools, social media and legal measures. The remembrance day is…

  • Germany’s stolen art probe too slow, WJC’s Lauder says

    Nearly 4 years after the seizure of 1,000 suspect paintings in Munich, 5 were found to have been stolen from Jews by Nazis.

  • Arthur Obermayer, US philanthropist who preserved German-Jewish history, dies at 84

    His Obermayer German-Jewish History Awards recognize non-Jewish Germans who have often struggled against obstacles to document their town’s Jewish past.

  • Arab refugees arrested, released in attack on French Jew in Germany

    The alleged assailants, from Syria and Afghanistan, called the victim “Jew” in Arabic, then beat and robbed him, according to police.