Menu JTA Search

Toby Axelrod RSS

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.

Latest

  • 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…

  • German court overturns far-right politician’s Holocaust denial conviction

    BERLIN (JTA) — Historians, a top Jewish leader and a major newspaper have criticized a court in the central German city of Naumburg for letting a far-right politician off easy after his conviction for Holocaust denial. A state supreme court annulled the fine levied by a lower court against Hans Püschel, effectively overturning his conviction. The move is  viewed…

  • Head of Berlin’s Jewish community denies he won post through voter fraud

    BERLIN (JTA) — The head of Berlin’s troubled Jewish community has condemned allegations that he obtained his position through voter fraud. With the opposition party on the 21-member Jewish community council demanding he step down, Gideon Joffe called the accusations contained in a German news report “utter nonsense” and part of a “dirty campaign” against…