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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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  • Ax attack in Germany demands ‘early warning system,’ say Jewish leaders

    BERLIN (JTA) – German Jewish leaders warned that all German institutions, not just Jewish ones, should take extra precautions against terrorism in the wake of an ISIS-inspired ax attack on a train in Wurzburg. “[We] are just as concerned about such attacks as are non-Jews here,” Josef Schuster, head of the Central Council of Jews in…

  • Holocaust monuments vandalized in Germany, Belarus

    (JTA) — Three World War II monuments in Germany and another Holocaust memorial in Belarus were vandalized. The cases were reported last week. No arrests have been made. In Belarus, a tour guide reported seeing doused yellow paint on a statue commemorating the mass murder of Jews in the Minsk Ghetto, which German occupation forces…

  • Right-wing German party divided over lawmaker’s anti-Semitic writings

    BERLIN (JTA) — The far-right Alternative for Germany party has launched an effort to expel a legislator that has caused a rift in the party with his anti-Semitic writings. Wolfgang Gedeon in recent years has referred to the Holocaust as a “civil religion of the West” and Holocaust deniers as “dissidents.” He also called the Holocaust…

  • German police raid 60 purveyors of anti-Semitic, other internet hate postings

    BERLIN (JTA) — Police in 14 German states reportedly conducted raids on 60 individuals in an attempt to root out the sources of anti-Semitic and other hate postings on the internet. The raids on Wednesday marked the first time that Germany has conducted a nationwide hunt for internet hate purveyors, according to German Interior Minister Thomas de Maizière, who said…

  • German documentary equates Israeli anti-Arab prejudice with Palestinian incitement to kill

    BERLIN (JTA) — A German TV documentary has come under fire for equating Israeli anti-Arab prejudice with Palestinian incitement to kill Israelis. The documentary, which aired July 5 on the public-service broadcaster ZDF’s “Heute,” or “Today” show, was originally called “Educated to hate? How Israeli and Palestinian children are taught to mutually despise each other – and to kill.” Under…

  • Netanyahu reportedly secreted Auschwitz blueprints to Israel

    BERLIN (JTA) — Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu brought back original blueprints of the Auschwitz-Birkenau death camp to Israel from Germany seven years ago, likely without knowing he was doing something illegal, according to a German journalist. The blueprints were given to Netanyahu on a trip to Germany, Kai Diekmann said in an interview for…

  • 94-year-old Nazi war criminal deemed unfit to stand trial in Germany

    BERLIN (JTA) — Prosecutors in Stuttgart are shelving their war crimes investigation of a 94-year-old man who already was convicted of Nazi war crimes in Italy. Former SS soldier Wilhelm Kusterer of Engelsbrand —  who was found guilty of involvement in the massacre of 770 civilians in Marzabotto, Italy, in 1944 and sentenced to life in prison in absentia in…

  • Berlin government to ban Hezbollah flags from anti-Israel march

    BERLIN (JTA) — The Berlin State Senate has agreed to ban Hezbollah flags, with their image of an upraised assault weapon, from an anti-Israel Al Quds march, likening the symbol to a call for genocide. The announcement came following a request by the American Jewish Committee in Berlin. The march is scheduled for Saturday. Berlin state interior minister…

  • Hebrew U supporters want German museum to pick Einstein’s brain for new exhibit

    BERLIN (JTA) —  The German branch of Friends of Hebrew University is campaigning to make a walk-through model of Albert Einstein’s brain the centerpiece of a Frankfurt museum’s planned exhibit. The Senckenberg Museum for Natural Sciences is seeking public input for a modernization and expansion that will include a giant brain that visitors can walk through. Visitors…

  • Munich state museum profited from Nazi-looted art, investigation shows

    BERLIN (JTA) — A state museum in Munich profited from art looted by the Nazis at least until the 1990s, a new investigation has revealed. In a joint probe, the Munich-based newspaper Süddeutsche Zeitung and the British NGO Commission for Looted Art in Europe found that the Bavarian State Galleries and many other such institutions have been sitting on art that…