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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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  • German FM: Refugees must take up fight against anti-Semitism

    BERLIN (JTA) — Refugees who want to become part of German society today must take up the fight against anti-Semitism, Germany’s foreign minister told a conference on combating anti-Semitism. ‘This applies to whoever lives with us, whether they have been here for years, whether they are staying or just temporarily here: Anti-Semitism is against our constitution, against…

  • Germany bans neo-Nazi group after raiding its cells

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s Interior Ministry has banned an extremist right-wing group and carried out raids on its leaders in 10 states. Police raided 15 cells of the White Wolves Terrorcrew early Wednesday morning after simultaneously informing 12 group members of the ban. The group, which was founded as a fan club for a skinhead band of the same…

  • Angela Merkel defends German-Jewish leader fearful of Muslim refugees

    BERLIN (JTA) — Anti-Semitism in Germany, whether from natives or refugees, must be confronted by the government and civil society together, German Chancellor Angela Merkel said. Speaking Monday to more than 100 legislators from some 40 countries gathered in Berlin for the third Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, Merkel also said that Jews must feel free…

  • Anti-Semitism fight must be united, parliamentarians at Berlin forum say

    BERLIN (JTA) — Jewish communities must not be left to fend for themselves against anti-Semitism, Jewish leaders and politicians said at the third major interparliamentary conference on anti-Semitism. “We all have to do our part,” Michael O’Flaherty, director of the European Union Fundamental Rights Agency, said at the opening of the Inter-Parliamentary Coalition for Combating Anti-Semitism, which brought together more than…

  • German right-populist party elected to 3 state parliaments

    BERLIN (JTA) — Riding a wave of anti-refugee sentiment, Germany’s leading right-populist party was elected to three state parliaments in regional elections throughout Germany. The upstart party, Alternative for Germany, or AfD, is now in a position to put up candidates for the national parliament in 2017. Exit polls on Sunday showed that the AfD won 21.5…

  • 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…