More than anyone else, gay Jews are have cause to reflect on Weimar Germany’s mixed legacy.
On the one hand, both gay and Jewish culture flourished in that place and time, and had a dramatic impact on the rest of the world. On the other, that period was also full of menace, of threats that the Nazis would soon carry out.
Yet tomorrow, proud and vital members of this group will board a plane for Berlin to grapple with that history – and go clubbing.
Israel’s chief Ashkenazi rabbi said in Berlin that medical training for mohels, or ritual circumcisers, could resolve concerns in Germany regarding circumcision of male children.
In meetings Tuesday with government officials and Berlin’s Jewish community, Rabbi Yonah Metzger noted that mohels could be trained and certified by German doctors. But he emphasized that the Chief Rabbinate in Israel has to make final decision on whether a mohel is up to par.
Before Jan. 20, 1942, the name Wannsee meant luxury in Germany.
It was the name of a lake with a bordering beach in a Berlin suburb, where the country’s upscale citizens vacationed.
Since that date, the name means tragedy.
An infamous conference of 15 top Nazi officials, who came together that day to make “necessary preparations in regard to organizational, practical and material measures requisite for the total solution of the Jewish question in Europe,” took place at 56-58 Am Grossen Wannsee, across from the beach.
Berlin's annual anti-Israel Islamist march, the Al Quds Day demonstration, drew pro-Israel counter-protesters to the streets of former West Berlin.
The approximately 600 Islamist demonstrators during Saturday's march chanted slogans calling Israel a terrorist state and calling for its dissolution. They and the some 300 pro-Israel protesters were kept well apart from each other, police spokesman Michael Gassen told JTA. There were no arrests.
BERLIN (JTA) -- Prince Harry of Great Britain visited the Holocaust memorial and museum while in Berlin for a children's charity benefit.
Harry, who is third in line to the British throne, told reporters he had wanted to keep the weekend visit private. He walked through the memorial, a field of 2711 cement stele, and visited the underground information center, where he was accompanied by museum staff.
The prince also visited a memorial to those who died while trying to cross from the former East Germany to the west.
Two short documentaries about German history complement each other surprisingly well.
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Sometimes all it takes to make a short film work is a strong central metaphor. Consider the fascinating pairing of short documentaries about German history, “Rabbit a la Berlin” and “Loss,” opening at Film Forum on Dec. 8. Each is structured around a single overriding conceit and both rise or fall on the strength of that spine. Happily, both films are pretty effective and as a pair they complement one another surprisingly well despite a wild disparity in tone.