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Scientology Is Not a Religion

Germany treats L. Ron Hubbard's movement as a cult and a threat to democracy. The U.S. should follow its example.

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German Parliament Rejects Compulsory Turtlenecks

German public opinion is 'split'

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Europe’s Muddle of Memory, Responsibility

From Hungary to Warsaw to Germany

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What Went Wrong in Munich

How oversensitivity toward Germany’s Nazi past contributed to the murder of 11 Israeli athletes in 1972

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Almost All Survivors Now Get Reparations

Reparations for 80,000 more Holocaust victims from former Soviet bloc

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Daybreak: Hamas Shuts Down Election Plans

Plus German intelligence official resigns, and more in the news

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Our Yiddishe Mozart

Michael Willens, the grandson of Yiddish theater greats, conducts the Kölner Akademie in piano concertos

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A Soho House’s Hitler Youth

With its Berlin outpost in a former Nazi headquarters, is the chic club obscuring the building's dark past?

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Holocaust Agitprop in Berlin

A film of nude people playing in a gas chamber is but one piece aiming to shock at the Berlin Biennale art show

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Günter Grass’ Stupid Poem About Israel and Iran

And how it is only a symptom of a larger German problem

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End of the Line

A lost German passport—and tenuous ties to citizenship—cause a bureaucratic nightmare and a revelation about place and belonging

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Descendants

My husband and I moved our Jewish family from Montana to Berlin to teach our children about their roots. We didn’t anticipate the neo-Nazis.

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Poem Love

In a recent performance of Schubert’s and Schumann’s settings of Heinrich Heine’s poetry, tenor Ian Bostridge and pianist Thomas Adès excelled

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Sundown: New Jersey Vandal Arrested

Plus, Eichmann items on display, quoting Barney Frank, and more

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Ring of Truth

The Metropolitan Opera’s new Siegfried, part of its ambitious Ring cycle, exposes the greatness—and the limitations—of Wagner and his admirers

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BREAKING: Abbas to Go to Security Council

Move will prompt U.S. veto. And what else?

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Muted

Performances of Wagner’s music are effectively banned in Israel. Should they be?

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Silver Linings!

Quote of the Day

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Dissenter

Rosa Luxemburg was a Marxist activist in early 20th-century Berlin, murdered by her political enemies after World War I. She’s the topic of the debut edition of “Long Story Short,” a new podcast on people and ideas in Jewish life.

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Pride and Prejudice

Growing up in Germany, I was raised to be unpatriotic. But in multicultural New York City, where everyone loves a parade, ethnic celebration can also carry undercurrents of hatred.

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Inheritance

First as cattle dealers and now as dairy farmers, the author’s family has long been defined by their cows. A trip back to their Bavarian homeland revealed this legacy to be more unusual—and fraught—than she’d ever imagined.

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Into the Fire

In David Unger’s novel The Price of Escape, a refugee from Nazi Germany arrives in a Guatemalan port town only to find himself in a new kind of hell

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Pressure Mounts for German Documents

‘Don’t mention the war,’ say some

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Daybreak: Gaza Back-and-Forth Continues

Plus U.N. posturing, Lebanese blaming, and more in the news

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Daybreak: Political Change in Egypt

Plus the happiest Jew, Sheen is bi-Jewish, and more in the news

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Poles Want Auschwitz Moved, on the Internet

But it’s so heavy!

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Monumental Embrace

Daniel Estrin reports on the controversy over Berlin’s latest Holocaust memorial, a tribute to gay victims of the Nazis that has pitted historians against activists and gay men against lesbians

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Faustian Bargains

There are two stories of Germany and Jews: the culture of assimilated German Jews and the meeting of German culture with Jewish religion

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Daybreak: Crossing the Ts on the Freeze

Plus a closer look at the Ghajar withdrawal, and more in the news

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Sundown: Saudi Arms Deal Disclosed

Plus Farkas for presidente! and more

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