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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 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…

  • Suspect in Berlin assault on non-Jewish kippah wearer turns himself in

    BERLIN (JTA) — A 19-year-old Syrian citizen of Palestinian background who was seen on video assaulting a kippah-wearing man on a Berlin street has turned himself in to German authorities. The suspect, who has has been identified in news reports as “Knaan S.,” was accompanied by his lawyer when he came to the State Criminal Police…

  • Non-Jewish man wearing a kippah assaulted on Berlin street

    BERLIN (JTA) – A 21-year-old man wearing a kippah who apparently is not Jewish was assaulted on a Berlin street by an Arabic-speaking man in an apparent anti-Semitic attatack. Police are investigating the Tuesday evening incident in which the assailant lashed the man with his belt and repeated the Arabic word for Jew, “Yahudi.” The…

  • Germans charge ex-Auschwitz guard, 94, as accomplice in 13,335 murders

    BERLIN (JTA) — A former Auschwitz guard, now 94, has been charged in Germany as an accomplice to 13,335 murders in the death camp. State prosecutors in Stuttgart announced Monday that the man, from the state of Mannheim, is charged with supporting the genocide through his function as a guard and on-call member of the SS at…