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Lost and not found: mystery shrouds Holocaust-era household items

April 20, 2017

JNS, April 18, 2017 At an antiques flea market in Berlin, one of several stands proudly displays two Hanukkah menorahs for sale. The husky, white-haired seller, who wears a Soviet hammer-and-sickle pin for show, explains how one of them probably came from Königsberg, a former German city in modern Russia. The other is easy to identify: a plaque indicates it was gifted by an Israeli organization to a German-Jewish benefactor in 1992. Next door, piles of old German photo albums are also for sale. Two albums, chosen at random, show happy, growing German families.

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Berlin Launches First Ever Jewish Food Week

March 22, 2017

Jerusalem Post, Arts & Entertainment Page, March 23, 2017 Under the name “Nosh Berlin,” the first ever Berlin Jewish food festival kicked off on Sunday, March 19 at the MarktHalle in the hip neighborhood of Kreuzberg with Jewish-Israeli favorites like cholent, sabich, burekas and bagels, served at this weekly indoor food fair. The program continues throughout the week with cooking workshops, lectures, and meals themed after such topics as Passover cooking, vegetarianism and Judaism, Berlin café culture and Shabbat in international Jewish traditions. Read More

Government agency helps Germans break the taboo on Nazi family ties

February 1, 2017

JNS, January 26, 2017 While the annual marking of International Holocaust Remembrance Day Jan. 27 gives voice to the stories of victims of the Nazis’ atrocities, what can Germans know about perpetrators from their own family?

That was precisely Maya Levy’s question when she contacted the German government agency Deutsche Dienststelle (WASt), known in English as the Wehrmacht Information Office for War Losses and POWs, to begin an investigative search into the Nazi past of her paternal grandfather.

All Levy knew from

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Was Grandpa Really A Nazi?

January 27, 2017

January 26, 2017, Jerusalem Post, In Jerusalem and Metro Sections Till Ewald, 24, a university student in Hannover, learned from his mother that her father had served in the Third Reich’s Justice Ministry (a paradox if there ever was one). Upon preparing for a volunteer stint in Israel at a retirement home for yekkes (German Jews) in Jerusalem to satisfy curiosity about the Holocaust and the Jewish people, he decided to uncover more about his grandfather’s mysterious past. Was he an enthusiastic Nazi supporter? What “crimes” did he handle at the Justice Ministry? Through

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Judische Allgemeine Features Orit

January 27, 2017

Jerome Lo, reporter for the weekly Jewish newspaper in Berlin, Judische Allgemeine, has profiled Orit in its January 20th issue. While written in first person, they are not Orit's words. This "Portrait of the Week" artistically interprets the subject through the reporter's words. Read it here.

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Orit featured in Italian newspaper, Il Foglio

January 10, 2017

Italian journalist based in Berlin, Daniel Mosseri, has profiled Orit and her activities in Berlin for the Italian literary magazine, Il Foglio. The article is available in print here or online. Excerpt: Berlino. Ha deciso di trasferirsi a Berlino dopo la terza visita nella capitale tedesca. La prima, ricorda Orit Arfa, l’aveva

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