NEW YORK (JTA) -- Jewish Funds for Justice defended George Soros' comparison of Fox News to the propaganda efforts in 1930s Germany.
In comments Sunday on CNN, the billionaire financier and Holocaust survivor said that attacks on him by Fox host Glenn Beck are an attempt to deceive the public. It's hard to believe such falsehoods could be believed in a democracy, Soros said, invoking the historical comparison of Nazi Germany to warn of their dangers.
BERLIN (JTA) -- Jews in Germany must stop emphasizing their role as victims and develop their positive Jewish identity, said Dieter Graumann, the new head of the Central Council of Jews in Germany.
Graumann, 60, told the Financial Times Deutschland in an end-of-the-year interview that while it is important to remember the Holocaust, Jews should not merely be seen as reminders of Germany's duty to never forget.
BERLIN (JTA) -- Germany has committed to a donation of $80 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation, for the preservation and restoration of the memorial at the site of the Nazi concentration camp.
Germany’s contribution will be split between the federal government and the states, and will be disbursed in five annual installments, according to the German Foreign Ministry.
The contribution is by far the largest to the new foundation, which was established in 2009 with the aim of securing long-term financing for upkeep of the memorial.
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.
The Abraham Geiger College, Germany’s Reform rabbinical school, ordained three rabbis recently. All three, like most of the 100,000-plus Jews who have come to Germany in the last 30 years, are from the former Soviet Union, but one garnered most of the attention.
Ukraine-born Alina Treiger is the first female rabbi ordained in Germany since before the Holocaust.
The last one, Regina Jonas, died in Auschwitz in 1944. She was the first woman known to be ordained as a rabbi in modern times.
In ‘Tides,’ an avant-garde troupe fuses dance, theater and a country’s tragic history.
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It seems fitting that a German ensemble would stage a work keenly evoking terror, displacement and survival amid catastrophe. Next week the Brooklyn Academy of Music’s Next Wave Festival will host “Gezeiten” (the aptly titled “Tides” in German), a dance theater performance choreographed by the likewise appropriately named Sasha Waltz.