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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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  • 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…

  • Jewish woman found stabbed to death in Germany

    BERLIN (JTA) — A Jewish woman due to testify in court next month was found stabbed to death in a Frankfurt park. The body of a woman identified as Irina A., age 29, was discovered on May 9. The woman allegedly had been involved in inventing a “sex-mob” story of mass rape and abuse by…

  • Berlin volunteers hand out 6,000 kippahs at public parks in solidarity with Jews

    BERLIN (JTA) – In an unusual sight, the people lazing about or strolling down the paths in several parks here on a sun-drenched Sunday were wearing gleaming white kippahs. Seventy volunteers handed out some 6,000 of the satin yarmulkes in total at five parks in the German capital to counter a recent anti-Semitic incident  targeting…

  • Berlin Jews plan ‘wear a kippah’ demonstration in response to assault

    BERLIN (JTA) — The Berlin Jewish community is organizing a demonstration against anti-Semitism in response to an attack on an Israeli man wearing a yarmulke, and is urging participants to wear a kippah. A broad coalition from interfaith, political, academic and pro-Israel circles is backing the “Berlin wears a kippah” protest set for Wednesday evening in…