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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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  • Right-wing German party wants place on board of national Holocaust memorial in Berlin

    (JTA) — Now that it has made it into the Bundestag, Germany’s strongest right-wing populist political party is insisting on claiming its place on the board of the foundation for the national Holocaust memorial in Berlin. The initiator of the foundation and memorial itself, Lea Rosh, has rejected the idea out of hand, the Tagesspiegel newspaper…

  • Canadian Holocaust denier arrested in Germany

    (JTA) — A Holocaust denier from Canada has been arrested in Germany and is under investigation for crimes related to incitement of hate. News of the arrest of Monika Schaefer first broke in the Canada-based online news agency Fitzhugh. A spokeswoman for the Bavarian State Public Prosecutor in Munich confirmed the arrest to JTA. Schaefer is…

  • German bill would allow expulsion of migrants who espouse anti-Semitism

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s mainstream conservative parties are proposing legislation that would allow states to expel foreigners who make anti-Semitic statements, including the refusal to recognize Israel’s right to exist. The party of Chancellor Angela Merkel — the Christian Democratic Union — and its sister party in Bavaria, the Christian Social Union, have proposed legislation that…

  • German foreign minister under fire for accusing Israel of ‘apartheid’

    BERLIN (JTA) — German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel has come under fire for his suggestion that Israel pursues an “apartheid” policy. Now, a Jewish woman in Cologne has addressed Gabriel in an open letter, demanding an apology for “providing further ammunition to youths who were fed anti-Semitism with their mothers’ milk,” according to a report…

  • Jewish life in Germany in danger, Jewish leader says

    BERLIN (JTA) — A Jewish leader in Germany is pressing the government to do more to combat anti-Semitism; specifically, by appointing a special commissioner. Charlotte Knobloch, former head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany, said she feels Jewish life in Germany is in danger. The close of 2017 has been marked by numerous…

  • German-Arab students praise Hitler to Jewish classmate who spoke against Palestinian state

    BERLIN (JTA) — A Berlin school principal condemned the actions of a student who praised Adolf Hitler for having murdered Jews. Andreas Huth, director of the Ernst Reuter High School, announced on the school’s website that the incident revealed an “anti-Semitic, anti-Jewish and anti-Israel attitude against which we have reacted, and will continue to do…

  • Video of anti-Semitic rant outside Israeli restaurant in Berlin goes viral

    BERLIN (JTA) — A video of a 60-year-old man spewing an anti-Semitic rant outside an Israeli restaurant in Berlin has gone viral. The six-minute video of the man haranguing restaurateur Yorai Feinberg on Tuesday has been viewed more than 600,000 times on the internet since it was posted the same day. The man was released…

  • Nazi hunters recommend nine for prosecution in Germany, Austria

    BERLIN (JTA) — Germany’s Central Office for Investigation of Nazi Crimes has handed nine potential new cases against former concentration camp guards to prosecutors in Germany and Austria. If tried, the nine men and women — who variously live in both countries — would be charged as accessories to murder in several camps. The cases,…

  • Kazimierz Piechowski, leader of daring escape from Auschwitz, dies at 98

    BERLIN (JTA) — Kazimierz Piechowski, a non-Jewish political prisoner who led a daring escape from the Auschwitz death camp using the stolen car of a Nazi official, has died at 98. Piechowski died Saturday in Gdansk, Poland. He was one of four men in the escape plan involving stolen SS uniforms and weapons, and, according to…

  • Holocaust survivors light Hanukkah candles in inaugural global ceremony

    BERLIN (JTA) — Hundreds of Holocaust survivors around the world participated in an an inaugural global Hanukkah ceremony meant especially for them. In Jerusalem, New York, Berlin and other German cities, the survivors lit candles on Thursday night, the third evening of the eight-day holiday. International Holocaust Survivors’ Night was sponsored by the Conference on…