Jenny Katz Bachenheimer's book, known in German as a “Poesiealbum,” accompanied the family when my mother and grandparents escaped the Nazis in the 1930s.
Accessible to the public, visitors are asked to refrain from performing offensive behaviors at the memorial • acts of indecency have been reported in the past
6,500 Holocaust survivors will receive pensions from Germany, including Russian, German, Israeli and French nationals who hid in Nazi-occupied territory.
For the German and wider European Jewish establishment, Merkel's departure marks the loss of a reliable partner for the Jewish community.
Jews make up less than 1% of Germany’s population of 83 million; for many, Jewish issues pale in comparison to some that the entire country is wrestling with, such as climate change and inequality.
Perhaps there is hope for Germany through education of the young, to show antisemitism and anti-Israel propaganda for what it is – an indoctrinatory tool for extremists.
Several reports have shown that right-wing extremism has even seeped into the country’s police forces, including one elite squad that the government disbanded over its “toxic leadership.”
Even post-Holocaust, there is a continuity of antisemitism and hate in Germany over the past decades, and Halle is another link in the long chain of antisemitic attacks and rhetoric.
The synagogue was full to its capacity of about 100 last October when a white supremacist gunman tried to blast open the building’s armored door on Yom Kippur.
The protesters, seeking to protest against factory farming methods and draw public attention, painted the memorial with red dye to simulate blood.