This week on Unorthodox, Yiddish maven Gitl Schaechter-Viswanath and ‘Bad German’ Tessa Kim
The troubling rise of ‘Alternative for Germany’
Do only psychopaths commit horrible mass crimes, or are we all more responsible than we are willing to admit? Two new histories of the Nazi war machine examine their leaders—and their soldiers.
A new, almost 2,000-page annotated version of Mein Kampf is going hot off the shelves in Germany
The Nazi propaganda master built a huge mansion north of Berlin in 1936, which has been for sale for 15 years with no takers. Bid away.
Tracing the birth of ‘Jewish studies’ as we know it
The German and Israeli tourism bureaus are marketing ‘spiritual tours’ to celebrate 50 years since the countries have had diplomatic relations
At the European Maccabi Games, an estimated 2,000 Jews convened at the site of the 1936 Olympics for a week of competition, remembrance, and moving on
The Munich City Council continued its ban on Stolpersteine, a vote supported by a local Jewish leader. But plans are in the works for other commemorations.
Will an art restitution allow Michael Hayden to reconnect with his German roots?
A German Holocaust memorial marking Jewish deaths with engraved cobblestones meets resistance in a southern town
Anti-Semitic offenses climbed over 25% last year
Former Polish foreign minister, an Auschwitz survivor, masterminded Poland’s relations with Germany and the Jews
I knew I’d feel sad on our trip to Germany. I wasn’t expecting to be so angry.
Novelist who reckoned with country’s post-war legacy leaves complex legacy
Voices from Europe: Talking to young Israelis living in the German capital
How my German grandmother’s recipe became my go-to holiday dessert
‘Catch the Jew!’ is a shoddy, fantastical answer to Max Blumenthal’s ‘Goliath’
Voices from Europe: Questions of identity, visibility follow a move to Basel
In my daughter’s eyes, nose, and spirit, I see her strong, diverse foremothers
Jewish Museum shows custom in Jewish, Muslim, and Christian contexts
Israeli-born doctor Josef Schuster to helm country’s Central Council of Jews
Two new important histories look at Hitler’s fascination with Islam and Atatürk, the founder of modern Turkey
Beat out longtime first-place winner the United States in annual index
Turns annual extremist march into a fundraiser for a very good cause
Jürgen Habermas recalls philosophers and sociologists of Jewish background as returnees in the early Federal Republic Of Germany
Faced with specific pressures in Europe, a writer asks, ‘Would I think and write in a different way if there were no Israel?’
German city of Cottbus gets first synagogue since 1938, in a former church
Ken Burns and others call it impressive, but the truth is less inspiring
Overnight theft of wrought-iron gate has memorial site rethinking security