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Toby Axelrod 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.

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  • 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…

  • 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…