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St. Louis Jewish Light

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A participant wears a kippah during a "wear a kippah" gathering to protest against anti-Semitism in front of the Jewish Community House on April 25, 2018 in Berlin, Germany. The Jewish community made a public appeal for Jews and non-Jews to attend the...

Left to right, speaking at a news conference in Berlin are Shimon Cohen, spokesman for the Conference of European Rabbis; Rabbi Avichai Apel, a board member of the German Orthodox Rabbis Conference; and Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of the Conference of European Rabbis, July 12, 2012.

Circumcision ruling inspires defense, debate in Germany

By Toby Axelrod, JTA July 18, 2012

BERLIN -- Say yes to circumcision. That’s the message of a petition that three German students have created at change.org. Directed toward the German government, the petition comes in light of a recent Cologne District Court ruling that found that non-medical...

Orthodox rabbinical group urging German Jews to defy court ruling on circumcision

JTA REPORT July 11, 2012

BERLIN -- The head of Europe's main Orthodox rabbinical body said his organization is ready to back Jews in challenging the ruling in Germany that said circumcising young boys could be considered a criminal act. Rabbi Pinchas Goldschmidt, president of...

A wax likeness of Anne Frank has been installed at Madame Tussauds in Berlin -- in the room next to the Hitler figure.

Looking into Anne Frank’s unblinking eyes

By Edmon J. Rodman, JTA March 21, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Is the image of Anne Frank heading in the same commercial direction as Edvard Munch’s “The Scream”? Munch’s Expressionist painting, once an iconic representation of horror, for years has been available as a party inflatable, an...

German court orders museum to return poster collection to Jewish heir

JTA March 16, 2012

Germany’s top appeals court ruled Friday that Deutsches Historisches Museum must return a collection of more than 4,000 posters to the son of Hans Sachs, a Jewish dentist who fled Nazi Germany. The son, Peter Sachs, is a retired airline pilot from Sarasota,...

German opposition head rues calling Israel an ‘apartheid regime’

JTA March 15, 2012

BERLIN -- A leading German politician acknowledged that he may have gone too far when he called Israel an "apartheid regime" on Facebook. Sigmar Gabriel, head of the Social Democratic Party in Germany, said Thursday that the choice of words he used on...

Palestinian key headed to Berlin festival

JTA March 15, 2012

BERLIN -- A one-ton steel key symbolizing the Palestinian "right of return" is to be shipped from a West Bank refugee camp to Berlin as part of a city-wide art festival. The Goethe Institut, Germany’s official cultural institution, is assisting in...

Anne Frank figure unveiled at Madame Tussauds in Berlin

JTA March 12, 2012

BERLIN -- Madame Tussauds in Berlin has unveiled a wax figure of young diarist Anne Frank, depicted sitting at her desk, pen in hand, smiling dreamily. Frank died at age 15 at the Bergen-Belsen concentration camp about a month before the camp's liberation...

A scene from the documentary “Blut muss Fliessen” (Blood Must Flow), which features footage taken surreptitiously at neo-Nazi concerts.

Film offers an inside look at Germany’s neo-Nazi music scene

By Toby Axelrod, JTA March 2, 2012

BERLIN—A new documentary is shining light on Germany’s neo-Nazi music scene and the role it plays in cultivating a violent far-right subculture. The film “Blut muss Fliessen” (Blood Must Flow) looks at the neo-Nazi music scene in Germany, as well...

Nazi hunter Beate Klarsfeld eyes German presidency

JTA February 28, 2012

BERLIN – Veteran Nazi-hunter and left-party member Beate Klarsfeld has jumped into the German political fray, as an alternative candidate for president. Her decision to run comes amid growing criticism of the current sole nominee - Joachim Gauck, former...

Germans honored for preserving Jewish history

JTA January 25, 2012

A former Wehrmacht soldier was one of five Germans honored this year for helping ensure that local Jewish history and culture are not forgotten. The 12th annual Obermayer German Jewish History Awards, one of several events in Germany marking Holocaust...

German artist’s plans to collect books likened to Nazi book burnings

JTA January 15, 2012

BERLIN -- An artist’s plans to "recycle" 60,000 copies of a controversial book are too close to Nazi history for comfort, critics say. "This is no ‘art action,’ – it’s an embarrassment that must be prevented," Julius Schoeps, director of the...

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