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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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  • American Jews lead kippah solidarity walk in heart of Berlin

    BERLIN (JTA) — American Jews joined local Muslims and Jews for a “kippah walk” through the heart of Berlin in a show of solidarity with Jews in the German capital. Sunday’s march came against a backdrop of recent sensational anti-Semitic incidents in Germany; most of the perpetrators were of Muslim background. Muslim students were among…

  • Neo-Nazi terrorist convicted of 10 murders in Germany

    (JTA) — A neo-Nazi terrorist was convicted of murder in what observers have called one of postwar Germany’s biggest trials. Jewish leaders in Germany applauded Wednesday’s verdict but warned that the fight against right-wing extremism is far from over. “The Federal Government must take the [neo-Nazi] threat more seriously,” Josef Schuster, head of the Central…

  • Germany boosts funding to Jewish community to fight anti-Semitism

    (JTA) — Germany has increased state benefits for the Central Council of Jews in Germany for the first time since 2011. And the funds will give the fight against anti-Semitism a shot in the arm. In a joint statement issued Friday, Central Council President Josef Schuster and the federal minister of the interior for building…

  • Berlin international school acknowledges it underestimated bullying of Jewish student

    (JTA) — A prestigious international school in Berlin has acknowledged that it underestimated the anti-Semitic bullying of a Jewish student. The administration at the John F. Kennedy School has confirmed that it was informed of the harassment of a ninth-grader in early June, the Berliner Zeitung newspaper reported. Reportedly the boy was bullied on the way to…

  • The daughter of Holocaust survivors founded a Jewish film festival in Germany. She just won a big award.

    (JTA) — The founder of Germany’s first Jewish film festival has been awarded the highest honor in the state of Brandenburg. Nicola Galliner, whose 24th annual Jewish Film Festival Berlin-Brandenburg begins later this month, was one of 15 individuals presented with a Distinguished Service award in ceremonies Wednesday in Potsdam at the state chancellery. Galliner’s…

  • Murder of Jewish girl in Germany fuels an anti-migrant backlash

    (JTA) — In Germany, the case of a young Muslim refugee charged with the rape and murder of a teenage girl has captured media attention and rocked Germany’s Jewish community: The victim, 14-year-old Susanna Feldmann, was Jewish. Missing since May 22, the girl’s body was found June 6 buried in a shallow grave near her…

  • German rappers criticized for anti-Semitic lyrics visit Auschwitz

    (JTA) — Two German rappers who created an uproar with their anti-Semitic lyrics visited the Auschwitz memorial. Kollegah and Farid Bang made a private visit Thursday to the former concentration camp in Poland on an invitation from the International Auschwitz Committee. The organization’s vice president, Christoph Heubner, who accompanied them on the trip, told the German news media…

  • Jewish teen attacked in Berlin for listening to Israeli pop song

    (JTA) – Two German teenagers, including a Jewish boy, were assaulted by three young Arab men in Berlin for listening to Israeli pop music. State police are investigating the violent anti-Semitic attack at the Zoological Garden train station early Sunday morning, according to newspaper reports. A third friend, also not Jewish, was verbally attacked. The assailants fled…

  • New Jewish educational center to be built in Berlin

    BERLIN (JTA) — Amid signs of growing anti-Semitism in Germany, a new Jewish educational center aimed at reaching both Jews and non-Jews is being built in Berlin. “Much has been said about fighting anti-Semitism in Germany, and this is something tachles, this is something concrete,” Yehuda Teichtal, a rabbi in Berlin’s Jewish community and executive…

  • Top German newspaper pulls cartoon that criticizes Netanyahu

    BERLIN (JTA) — One of Germany’s top daily newspapers has pulled and apologized for a cartoon that criticizes Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu. The image depicted Netanyahu dressed as Netta Barzilai, the Israeli singer who won the Eurovision song contest earlier this week. In the cartoon, Netanyahu is holding a rocket marked with a Star…