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February 9, 1990: The demolition of the Berlin Wall began

Berlin Wall, German Berliner Mauer, barrier that surrounded West Berlin and prevented access to it from East Berlin and adjacent areas of East Germany during the period from 1961 to 1989. In the years...

August 13, 1961: Construction Begins on Berlin Wall

On August 13, 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR, or East Germany) began to build a barbed wire and concrete “Antifascistischer Schutzwall,” or “antifascist bulwark,” between East and West Berlin....
American Jewish Committee logo. Source: ajc.org.

American Jewish Committee cancels global forum in Berlin due to pandemic

American Jewish Committee has canceled its annual global forum due to the coronavirus pandemic, announced the organization on Thursday. It was scheduled to be held in Berlin from June 14-17. “It was a tough call to...
Artist's rendering of the new main office of the German publishing house Axel Springer in Berlin. Source: axelspringer.com.

Holocaust memorials set in pavement in Berlin in memory of Jews deported

Nearly 50 Holocaust stone memorials were recently set into the pavement around a major German publisher’s new main office in Berlin in honor of the dozens of Jews deported from the city in the 1940s. Publisher Axel Springer...
The main gate of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp. Credit: Angelo Celedon via Wikimedia Commons.

Amazon removes ornaments showing images of Auschwitz

Amazon has removed Christmas ornaments, a bottle opener and a mouse pad that showed images of the Auschwitz concentration camps amid a backlash from the memorial that manages the site where the Nazis killed...
Rabbi Yitshak Ehrenberg (left) of the Central Orthodox Synagogue of Berlin observes Jewish Agency chairman Isaac Herzog light a memorial candle in memory of the 6 million Jews murdered during the Holocaust, Nov. 7, 2019. Photo by Eliana Rudee.

At Kristallnacht memorial service in Berlin, Jewish leaders sound alarm on anti-Semitism

It’s been 81 years since Kristallnacht (“The Night of Broken Glass”), when Nazis torched synagogues, vandalized thousands of Jewish homes, schools and businesses, and killed nearly 100 Jews on the night of Nov. 9-10,...
A demonstration in London calling for a boycott of Israel on Jan. 3, 2009. Credit: Claudia Gabriela Marques Vieira via Wikimedia Commons.

Israeli professor, artists call to boycott Israeli-sponsored international festival

Professor Eyal Sivan, a lecturer in Sapir College’s graduate program for filmmaking, signed an open letter last week calling to boycott the international Berlin Pop-Kultur Festival due to its sponsorship by the Israeli Embassy. The festival, to...
View of Berlin from the Victory Column. Credit: Thomas Wolf via Wikimedia Commons.

American Jewish tourist beaten in Berlin

An American Jewish tourist was injured in an anti-Semitic assault in Berlin, police announced on Wednesday. The unnamed 23-year-old man was in the Steglitz district when three men confronted him, according to a police statement. “The...
A view of Berlin, Germany. Credit: Wikimedia Commons.

German police accuse Syrian refugee of plotting ‎chemical attack in Israel ‎

German police have arrested a Syrian refugee on ‎suspicion of plotting a chemical attack in Israel, ‎local media reported on Friday.‎ The suspect, 21, was allegedly actively recruiting ‎members for a cell that was to...

Two young couples set to revive Jewish life and Israeli culture in Berlin

Religious Zionists are usually the last types of Israelis to visit Berlin, let alone live there. As staunch nationalists loyal to the Jewish homeland, they’re often less forgiving of Germany’s dark past than their...