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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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  • 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…

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

    (JTA) — Jewish leaders and others are rallying to the aid of a German judge facing punishment for helping Holocaust survivors apply for ghetto pensions. In an open letter that has been picked up by German Jewish and mainstream media, the Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany has urged the German minister-president of North Rhine-Westphalia to intercede…

  • German Jewish leaders: Far-right party’s strong showing in election a ‘nightmare’

    (JTA) — A far-right party in Germany finished second in voting in the political home state of Chancellor Angela Merkel, ahead of Merkel’s party, spurring concerns among Jewish leaders in Germany. Alternative for Germany, known as AfD, with its anti-immigrant and ultranationalist platform, picked up 21 percent of the vote Sunday in Mecklenburg-Vorpommern, behind the…

  • German legislator calls for new law to screen refugees

    BERLIN (JTA) — A German lawmaker has called for a new “Law of Integration” to screen refugees and help prevent terrorism in Germany. Speaking at the Chabad Jewish Community Center in Berlin, Johannes Kahrs of Hamburg, a member of the Social Democratic Party in the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament, also condemned the far-right Alternative for Germany party, which he said “exploits…

  • This Israeli and Palestinian duo owns Berlin’s hippest hummus joint

    BERLIN (JTA) – In a corner of former East Berlin, where shabby, red brick buildings meet cobblestone streets, lies a new Promised Land. Kanaan — a casual, vegetarian Middle Eastern restaurant named for the biblical lands before they were conquered by the Israelites — is something of a dream come true. And that’s not just because its hummus is “oh yes,”…

  • German university students condemn BDS movement

    BERLIN (JTA) — Students at Leipzig University have passed a resolution condemning the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against Israel as anti-Semitic. Passed earlier this month, the groundbreaking student council resolution, first reported in The Jerusalem Post, was a response to efforts by University of London anthropology professor Lori Allen, an anti-Israel activist, to foment support for BDS…

  • Claude Lanzmann accuses top Berlin hotel of removing Israel from phone list

    BERLIN (JTA) — Did a premier Berlin hotel cross Israel off its phone list? That’s what French Jewish filmmaker Claude Lanzmann claims. His assertion has provoked a storm of controversy and drawn a firm denial from Hotel Bristol Kempinski. Writing for the newspapers Le Figaro in Paris and the Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung in Frankfurt, Lanzmann, the famed director of “Shoah” and…

  • Germany mulls putting 8 concentration camp workers on trial

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany is considering whether to charge eight Germans who worked at the Stutthof concentration camp as accessories to murder. It is the first time since the 2011 verdict against concentration camp guard John Demjanjuk that German prosecutors are considering the option of putting people on trial who worked in a concentration camp rather than limiting it…

  • Following outcry, German university scraps anti-Israel course

    BERLIN (JTA) — Following mounting protests, a controversial course on the Israeli-Arab conflict has been expunged from the syllabus at a German university. Designers of the course on “The Middle East conflict and social work,” at the HAWK University of Applied Sciences and Arts in Hildesheim, Lower Saxony had been accused of promoting anti-Zionist ideology…

  • German university denies accusations that course promoted anti-Semitism

    BERLIN (JTA) – A German university is defending itself against accusations that it promoted anti-Semitism by offering a course whose material offered a one-sided view of the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, including accusations that it harvested body parts from dead Palestinians. Dr. Rebecca Seidler, an academic who had been asked to teach a companion course at the HAWK University…