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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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  • Romania takes helm of International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance

    BERLIN (JTA) — Romania pledged to redouble the fight against anti-Semitism and Holocaust denial in Europe as it takes over the rotating chairmanship of the International Holocaust Remembrance Alliance. On Tuesday, in ceremonies at the Romanian Embassy in Berlin, diplomat Mihnea Constantinescu was inducted as head of the intergovernmental body by the organization’s outgoing chair, Szabolcs Takacs, Hungary’s minister…

  • Producer Artur Brauner donates ‘Europa, Europa,’ other films to Berlin Jewish Museum

    BERLIN (JTA) — Film producer Artur Brauner, 97, a Polish-born Jew who made Germany his home, has donated 21 of his works to the Jewish Museum in Berlin. Brauner handed over his original films to the museum on Monday. Described as treasures of postwar German cinema, the films include “Europa Europa” (1990), which won a Golden…

  • Major German supporter of Israel arrested for drug possession

    BERLIN (JTA) — One of Israel’s strongest political supporters in Germany was found with illegal drugs during a police search. Volker Beck, the Green Party’s parliamentary spokesman for interior affairs and religion, and president of the German-Israeli Parliamentary Friendship Group of the Bundestag since 2014, will give up both roles, a spokesman from his office told the Spiegel…

  • Germany launches new attempt to ban main neo-Nazi party

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany is trying again to ban the country’s main neo-Nazi party. Three days of hearings began Tuesday in Germany’s top court – the Federal Constitutional Court in Karlsruhe – to examine the constitutionality of outlawing the far-right National Democratic Party of Germany, or NPD. An attempt to ban the party failed on…

  • Iconic church decoration in Germany traced back to local synagogue

    (JTA) — German scholars believe that a large candelabrum in a cathedral in Erfurt was originally a Torah stand made for a local synagogue in the 13th century. The team of researchers from the University of Erfurt, a city 150 miles southwest of Berlin, found that the Dom Cathedral candelabrum, in the form of a life-size man…

  • German city to honor anti-Israel group Code Pink with tolerance prize

    BERLIN (JTA) — Jewish leaders are slamming a German city’s plan to honor an American organization, Code Pink, that backs the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel with a human rights award. The American Jewish Committee’s Berlin office urged Bavarian state legislators to publicly distance themselves from the Bayreuth award, which is to be presented on April 15….

  • 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…