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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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  • Books stolen during the Holocaust are being returned to their rightful heirs

    BERLIN (JTA) — A new search in Germany for books stolen from Jews during the Third Reich is beginning to bear fruit. Recently, a man in California who was the only survivor of the Holocaust in his family received a book from Germany that had been dedicated to him by a teacher. The only other…

  • Hitler bunker reconstructed in Berlin and tens of thousands have come to see

    BERLIN (JTA) – Hitler continues to fascinate, and a new exhibition in Berlin is proof with its most sensational attraction: a reconstruction of the bunker where Hitler took his life in April 1945. More than 20,000 visitors reportedly have poured in to see the exhibition titled “Hitler: How could it happen” since its opening two months…

  • Israeli-owned Berlin bookstore closes amid accusations of pressure from left

    BERLIN (JTA) — The Israeli co-owner of a Berlin bookshop played down reports that the store was closed after threats and pressure by far-left activists. Doron Hamburger, co-owner of the Topics book store in the Neukölln district, wrote Saturday on Facebook that “the real reason for closing [is] first and foremost financial.” Hamburger was responding to…

  • Guide at Anne Frank Center in Berlin compares Jewish suffering under Nazis to Palestinians under Israel

    BERLIN (JTA) — The Anne Frank Center in Berlin has distanced itself from the statement of a freelance guide who compared the suffering of Jews under the Nazis to that of Palestinians under Israeli occupation today. At issue was a profile of Nesreen Hajjaj, a 24-year-old Berliner of Palestinian background, in the July 19 online English version of Al Arabiya,…

  • German foundation and foreign ministry announce Shimon Peres Prize

    BERLIN (JTA) — A new prize will recognize individual’s contributions to the shaping of German-Israeli relations. The German-Israeli Future Forum and Germany’s Foreign Ministry are calling for applications from young professionals ages 18-45 from both Germany and Israel for the “Shimon Peres Prize” to be given in October in Berlin. Two awards will be given – one to an…

  • Germany curbs Holocaust denial and hate speech on social networks

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany passed a bill designed to curb Holocaust denial on social networks. Under the measure passed Friday by the parliament, social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter and YouTube must remove material with obviously illegal content and fake defamatory “news” within 24 hours of it having been reported. Previously, illegal material did not have to be removed after being…

  • 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. Well, almost. The upbeat, weekend-long event did not focus on anti-Semitism, the Holocaust or Israel, and thus the gathering reflected a…

  • Amos Oz honored by Germany’s Reform rabbinical school

    BERLIN (JTA) — Israeli novelist Amos Oz was honored by Germany’s Reform rabbinical school with its annual Abraham Geiger Award. The 78-year-old writer, described as an “eloquent spokesperson of the Zionist left,” was honored Thursday as “a firm believer in human beings and their ability to change the world for the better,” Rabbi Walter Homolka, rector of the…

  • 6 charged with incitement to hate after spewing anti-Semitic abuse on Munich bus

    BERLIN (JTA) — Six people have been charged with incitement to hate after spewing anti-Semitic abuse at passengers on a Munich city bus. Only an unmarried couple from Munich attempted to intervene in the weekend incident on a bus reportedly packed with some 40 passengers. According to news reports, the alleged perpetrators are all from Munich and…

  • German Holocaust denier who fled jail term arrested in Hungary

    BERLIN (JTA) — German right-wing extremist Horst Mahler has been arrested in Hungary, where he had gone into hiding to avoid serving out the rest of a sentence in Germany for Holocaust denial and incitement to anti-Semitism. Mahler, 81, reportedly asked Hungarian Prime Minister Viktor Orban for political asylum in a letter he published May 12 on the internet….