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Mar 17, 2021, 11:50 AM
Germany’s Weakened Far-Right: What’s at Stake in 2021?
Preliminary results from Germany’s first two regional elections of the year show that the far-right Alternative for Germany (AfD) received a significantly lower share of the vote in Baden-Württemberg (9.7%) and Rhineland-Palatinate (8.3%) than it did in the 2016...
Nov 20, 2020, 3:04 PM
Jewish Values in Higher Education, Or the Lack Thereof
Higher education is an attractive field for people like me who are born with the propensity to debate, argue, persuade and exchange ideas with just about anyone. Making money never motivated me as much as the chance to become...
Nov 3, 2019, 9:04 PM
How the Media Distorts Public Perceptions of anti-Semitism
Whether reading the news reports in English or German, the headlines were all the same: “One in four Germans holds anti-Semitic views.” These attention-grabbing openers were followed by articles about the World Jewish Congress’ October 2019 Assessment of Anti-Semitism...
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 educator based in Berlin, Germany. She is the editor of A Place They Called Home. Reclaiming Citizenship. Stories of a New Jewish Return to Germany, published by Berlinica in January 2019.