The number of German-Jewish émigrés, who fled to the United States from Germany in the early 1930s, is dwindling. I miss so many of them, whom I’ve met in New York in the early 1990s, when I was managing editor of the legendary German-Jewish newspaper Aufbau.Continue Reading
Women traveling and working abroad are faced with the same culture clashes as their male counterparts in dealing with foreigners. But they also encounter local gender misconceptions, prejudices and cultural roadblocks.Continue Reading
Yehuda Amichai was Israel’s most quoted and beloved poet, who wrote the survival guide to Jerusalem for the people who live there. He was a voice from the street, who wrote about love with an echo of war, and about war while hinting at love.Continue Reading
In the late 1950s, the United States and tiny Israel entered into a mutual dependence that assured Israel its survival and provided the United States with an important strategic partner in the Middle East. This close cooperation was both initiated and advanced by American Jews. How has the relationship changed over the years?Continue Reading
More than 90 years after the founding of the Joint Distribution Committee (JDC), the philanthropic organization still has a tremendous impact on the lives of the needy and those who were helped by the organization in the past. Here are three generations and their storiesContinue Reading
Europeans and Americans are different. At first, I attributed the American cheerfulness to the fact that wars were fought far away, one didn't have to take part if one didn't want to, and the country was always too powerful to be in any real danger. But there seems to be more to it.Continue Reading
70 Years after WWII, there is a strong future for Jews in Germany. Young German Jews grow up with an inkling of the old prewar German-Jewish culture. Something has been lost for good and something new has been gained as well. But how can one memorialize the past while living for the future?Continue Reading
More than 70 years ago, Raoul Wallenberg, the Swedish diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews during the Holocaust by issuing diplomatic documents and sheltering them in "safe houses" disappeared. But his story is still newsworthy, part of a mystery never solved.Continue Reading
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