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Jan 24, 2019, 12:23 PM
I’m Jewish, American and happy to live in Berlin
To those who warn me about the rise of European nationalism: My family has never experienced anti-Semitism in Germany
Nov 12, 2018, 6:04 AM
Where’s the Good News About the Jews? A Report from Berlin
I’m not sure what’s more disturbing, the fact that Jews are joining the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) political party, or the non-stop media coverage of this fringe group’s efforts to get public attention. Nineteen so-called “German Jews” attended...
Apr 29, 2018, 11:05 PM
I felt more detached and out of place than inspired by the crowd of 2,500 or so people clapping and nodding their heads in response to the speeches at last week’s ‘Berlin Wears a Kippa’ rally. Perhaps it’s because...
Oct 31, 2016, 10:29 AM
Why don’t we talk more about reconciliation?
I love a good argument and lately I’ve had quite a few of them with Jewish people about the concept of Holocaust reconciliation. At a recent Jewish Stammtisch (regular get-together) in Berlin there was an eruption of contrarian sentiment...
Feb 7, 2016, 12:51 PM
What Does Your Reisepass Mean to You?
With all the attention on the growing number of Jews leaving France for Israel, there hasn’t been much recent news about the Jews who are staying in Europe. Yet it was not so long ago that the headlines were...
Donna Swarthout is a writer and university instructor based in Berlin, Germany. Her book, A Place They Called Home. Reclaiming Citizenship. Stories of a New Jewish Return to Germany was published by Berlinica in December 2018.