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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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  • Son of Israeli woman killed in Berlin terror attack lights menorah in German capital

    BERLIN (JTA) — The son of an Israeli woman killed this month in a terror attack on a Christmas market in Berlin lit the fourth Hanukkah candle on a giant menorah at the nearby Brandenburg Gate. Or Elyakim performed the ritual Tuesday at the annual multifaith ceremony organized by Chabad at the city’s famous landmark….

  • Berlin attack highlights divide over refugees in fractious German Jewish community

    BERLIN (JTA) — Even before the deadly attack on a Christmas market in Berlin, Jews in Germany were divided in their approach to the arrival of hundreds of thousands of immigrants from Muslim countries since 2014. Citing a Jewish moral duty to aid the displaced, many Jewish organizations, synagogue groups and individuals have rallied to help the…

  • Israeli tourist injured, wife missing in Berlin terror attack

    BERLIN (JTA) — An Israeli tourist was among the injured in Monday’s deadly terror attack in the center of Berlin and his wife was still missing. The husband was located in a Berlin hospital, where he is undergoing emergency surgery, Elio Adler, a family friend in the German capital, told JTA. . The couple were in the…

  • Siemens finances publication of former Jewish slave laborer’s memoir

    BERLIN (JTA) — One of Germany’s largest corporations – Siemens – has financed the German publication of the memoir of a former Jewish slave laborer who worked in a Siemens factory outside Auschwitz. Marcel Tuchman, 95, a renowned physician in New York, was in Berlin this week to mark the release of his translated autobiography, “Remember: My Stories of Survival…

  • Pre-WWII film that presaged Holocaust to be restored after crowdfunding campaign

    BERLIN (JTA) – Segments of a pre-World War II Austrian film that foresaw the expulsion of Jews will be restored thanks to a crowd-funding campaign, after missing reels were found in a Paris flea market. The 1924 film, “Die Stadt ohne Juden,” or “The City Without Jews,” was made by director Hans Karl Breslauer, based on a satirical novel…

  • Berlin Jewish museum official defends fired Polish Cultural Institute director

    BERLIN (JTA) — The firing of the director of the Polish Cultural Institute in Berlin has led to a diplomatic brouhaha in the German capital after some asserted that she focused too much on Jewish topics. The Jewish Museum also has become involved in defense of Katarzyna Wielga-Skolimowska, who was let go last week by the Polish Foreign Ministry,…

  • German Jewish leader barred from labeling Jewish critic of Israel as ‘notorious’

    BERLIN (JTA) — A German Jewish leader was reprimanded by a German court for describing a Jewish critic of Israel as “notorious” for anti-Semitic remarks. Charlotte Knobloch, head of Munich’s Jewish community and of the Bavarian Jewish umbrella group, made the assertion about Jewish blogger Abraham Melzer of Frankfurt in a private email in September. Melzer sued in response. Knobloch,…

  • Germany’s Left Party, Jewish leaders meet to discuss rise of populism, anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Fears about an increase in populist and right-wing extremism were at the top of the agenda for Jewish leaders in Germany in their first ever meeting with leaders of the Left Party. In a joint statement, the Central Council of Jews in Germany and the Left Party called on civil society and government to take a…

  • German Holocaust denier Ursula Haverbeck, 88, again sentenced to prison

    (JTA) — Ursula Haverbeck, a well-known historical revisionist, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years in prison for Holocaust denial by a German court. Haverbeck, 88, was convicted by a court in Verden on the basis of numerous articles she had published in the local newspaper Stimme des Reiches, or “Voice of the Reich,” in which she denied that…

  • Chabad in Berlin receives $2 million in federal funding

    (JTA) — The Jewish Museum and Chabad-Lubavitch in Berlin have received major funding from the federal government. Chabad will receive $2.15 million from a $1.75 billion pot intended for cultural institutions and projects in Berlin, it was announced last week. The Jewish Museum Berlin will receive $7 million in 2017, an increase of $1.18 million. The added…