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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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  • Controversial Gurlitt art collection going on display in museums in Germany, Switzerland

    (JTA) — The controversial Gurlitt art collection, thought to contain works looted from Jews and museums during World War II, will go on display next winter in two museums — in Germany and Switzerland. The aim of the exhibition is to help clear up provenance questions in the collection of the late Cornelius Gurlitt of Munich, according to…

  • Germany spied on Israel and US, magazine says

    (JTA) — Germany’s federal intelligence agency, the BND, has spied on friendly governments including Israel and the United States, the weekly magazine Der Spiegel reported. Targets of “monitoring” based on picked-up keywords included the office of Israel’s prime minister, Benjamin Netanyahu, and the U.S.  State Department, as well as offices of Austria’s Interior Ministry and the United Kingdom’s…

  • Berlin rabbinical seminary expels outspoken advocate for Muslim refugees

    BERLIN (JTA) — A student at Berlin’s Reform seminary who is an outspoken critic of Muslim hatred in Germany has been expelled. Armin Langer, 25, told JTA on Monday that he was dismissed from the rabbinical program at the Abraham Geiger College in Potsdam for failing to adhere to the school’s media rules, which require that…

  • 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…