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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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  • Holocaust historians call shredding of death records by Hamburg archives ‘catastrophic’

    (JTA) — The Hamburg State Archive shredded millions of death records, including those dating from the Nazi era. A historian of the Holocaust called the records’ destruction “catastrophic.” According to the Hamburg Morgen Post newspaper, the state cultural ministry is defending the decision by the archive’s director, Udo Schäfer, to destroy an estimated 1 million death…

  • Jewish man allegedly assaulted outside Frankfurt nightclub

    (JTA) – Two men, one of whom reportedly self-identified as a Palestinian, are suspected of assaulting a Jewish man in Frankfurt in what police are calling an anti-Semitic incident. The incident occurred on Sept. 7, according to a Sept. 16 statement by police. State Security Police are investigating the incident, which took place after 4…

  • Jewish restaurant owner injured, restaurant vandalized during German neo-Nazi riots

    (JTA) — An attack on a Jewish restaurant and its owner during last month’s riots in an east German city went unreported by law enforcement for several days, fueling anger by Jewish groups. During anti-migrant demonstrations  in Chemnitz that turned violent on Aug. 27, about 12 masked neo-Nazis injured Uwe Dziuballa and vandalized his Schalom restaurant,…

  • German Jews call anti-foreigner riots a threat to democracy

    (JTA) — Anti-foreigner riots in the former East German city of Chemnitz have Jewish leaders and activists worried about the stability of German democracy. The riots occurred during anti-migrant demonstrations after two men of Arab background were arrested for the Aug. 26 murder of a German man in Chemnitz, in the state of Saxony. Far-right activists…

  • BDS movement deemed anti-Semitic by state office in Germany

    (JTA) —  The Boycott, Divest and Sanctions campaign against Israel has been categorized as anti-Semitic by the Berlin State Office for the Protection of the Constitution. In its annual report for 2017, released last week, the office – which monitors anti-democratic activities across the political spectrum in Berlin – describes the BDS campaign as a…

  • Germany increases UNRWA funding ‘substantially’ to make up US shortfall

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany has announced it will increase its funding to the United Nations Palestinian Refugee Agency “substantially,” to help make up the loss of funds from the United States this year. But it won’t be enough to keep the UNRWA afloat, German Foreign Minister Heiko Maas said in a letter last week to…

  • Munich rejects ‘stumbling stone’ Holocaust memorials at Jewish leader’s request

    BERLIN (JTA) — Heeding the objections of a local Jewish leader, Munich is introducing a new form of Holocaust remembrance as an answer to the ubiquitous “stumbling stones” memorials that dot sidewalks in front of sites across Europe from which Jews were deported. The first two small plaques and markers with photos and biographical details…

  • 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…