'Historical Milestone': Theology School Symbol of Revival of Jewish Life

'Historical Milestone': Theology School Symbol of Revival of Jewish Life

SPIEGEL ONLINE - February 20, 2014

The first government-backed School of Jewish Theology recently opened in Germany. The Potsdam institution is a symbol of a significant revival of the religion in recent years. By Alona Ferber in Potsdam more... Comment ]

Cutting Controversy: German Court Sets New Circumcision Rules

Cutting Controversy: German Court Sets New Circumcision Rules

SPIEGEL ONLINE - September 27, 2013

In the latest twist in a controversy that has divided Germans, a regional court has ruled that doctors need to discuss circumcision procedures with the child before they can be carried out. more... Comment ]

Should Merkel Campaign in a Concentration Camp?

Should Merkel Campaign in a Concentration Camp?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - August 20, 2013

For tourists to Munich, it's a standard combination. First, a visit to the Dachau Concentration Camp Memorial Site, to learn about the vast crimes perpetrated by the Nazis under Adolf Hitler. Afterwards, a trip to the famous Hofbräuhaus beer hall to listen to oompah-pah music while downing a few liters of brew. Horror followed by hilarity: For travellers on a schedule, such an itinerary can almost be excused. By Charles Hawley more...

Nazi Hunters: 'We've Received over a Dozen Tip-Offs'

Nazi Hunters: 'We've Received over a Dozen Tip-Offs'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 26, 2013

Dramatic new posters calling on the German public to submit information about possible Nazi war criminals are having an effect, says the Simon Wiesenthal Center. By Friederike Heine more...

Freeze Frames: Melancholy Paintings Evoke Holocaust Trial

Freeze Frames: Melancholy Paintings Evoke Holocaust Trial

SPIEGEL ONLINE - July 12, 2013

A powerful new permanent exhibition of paintings at Berlin's Jewish Museum evoke a lesser known Nazi trial of the 1970s, as interpreted from TV coverage of the proceedings. Only one of 16 accused guards at the Majdanek concentration camp was handed a tough sentence, drawing widespread public outrage. By Sophie Arts more... Comment ]

Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

Suspicion and Hate: Racist Attacks On Arabs Increase in Israel

SPIEGEL ONLINE - June 05, 2013

Arabs are being beaten and insulted in Israel, where the number of racially motivated attacks has risen dramatically. The unresolved conflict, fueled by nationalist politicians, is shifting from Palestinian areas into the Israeli heartland. By Julia Amalia Heyer more... Comment ]

Canceled Opera Director: 'I Wasn't Ridiculing Holocaust Victims'

Canceled Opera Director: 'I Wasn't Ridiculing Holocaust Victims'

SPIEGEL ONLINE - May 13, 2013

A recent staging of Richard Wagner's "Tannhäuser" at Düsseldorf's Deutsche Oper am Rhein was withdrawn when protests broke out during and after the premier. The director of the production, Burkhard Kosminski, 51, discusses the controversy and why he decided to set the opera in the Third Reich. more... Comment ]

SPIEGEL Debate: What Is Anti-Semitism?

SPIEGEL Debate: What Is Anti-Semitism?

SPIEGEL ONLINE - January 16, 2013

Just how strongly are Germans allowed to criticize Israel? Accusations of anti-Semitism against SPIEGEL columnist Jakob Augstein have brought the question to the fore. He debates the issue with Dieter Graumann, the leader of Germany's Jewish community. more... Comment ]

The Ugly German Rears Its Head: Why Germany Can't Shed Its Troubling Past

The Ugly German Rears Its Head: Why Germany Can't Shed Its Troubling Past

SPIEGEL ONLINE - December 13, 2012

The 2006 World Cup in Germany seemed like a fairy tale come true for the country. Suddenly, years of troubling history seemed to lift amidst euphoria over the cosmopolitan twist fate had brought to the country. But this year, amid fresh debates over xenophobia, many are left wondering if the ugly German is back. An Essay by Dirk Kurbjuweit more... Comment ]

Those Wonderful, Awful Germans: A Journey Deep into the Nation's Surface

Those Wonderful, Awful Germans: A Journey Deep into the Nation's Surface

SPIEGEL ONLINE - November 30, 2012

Tuvia Tenenbom, who runs a Jewish theater in New York, spent a summer traveling through Germany. He found much to dislike, and detailed it all in a sometimes shocking, sometimes hilarious way. But the real value is in the telling, rather than the truth. By Wolfgang Höbel more... Comment ]