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My German grandmother’s childhood autograph book survived the Holocaust

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.

By STEVE NORTH/JTA
05/11/2021

German police do push-ups on Holocaust monument

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

An original yellow star (not on general display) is seen at the artifacts department

6,500 Holocaust survivors to receive pension from Germany for first time

6,500 Holocaust survivors will receive pensions from Germany, including Russian, German, Israeli and French nationals who hid in Nazi-occupied territory.

Angela Merkel’s departure from politics is a sad moment for many German Jews

For the German and wider European Jewish establishment, Merkel's departure marks the loss of a reliable partner for the Jewish community.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
25/09/2021
A man carries a wooden Star of David as people attend a demonstration themed with the slogan "#untei

What are Jews voting for in Germany’s elections?

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.

By JOE BAUR/JTA
25/09/2021
The Alte Nationalgaleria Museum in Berlin

There may be hope for Germany yet where antisemitism is concerned

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.

Rise in German antisemitism, extremism has Jews questioning their future

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.”

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
09/01/2021
The damaged door of a synagogue is seen in Halle, Germany October 10, 2019, after two people were ki

German Jews thrive despite ongoing antisemitism a year after Halle attack

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.

By DALIA GRINFELD/JTA
09/10/2020

Amid pandemic, Halle Jews forced out of synagogue again year after attack

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.

By CNAAN LIPHSHIZ/JTA
12/09/2020
A wandering Jew started his traumatic World War II journey in Cologne. A general view of the left ba

Animal rights activists in Cologne deface city's Holocaust memorial

The protesters, seeking to protest against factory farming methods and draw public attention, painted the memorial with red dye to simulate blood.

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