Sandra Sterling of Jetzt.de interviews me about the reactions I get, particularly at nightclubs, when I tell Germans I'm from Israel. This follows an article I wrote on the subject, Politics on the Dancefloor (German / English), in Fluter.de.
Jerusalem Post Magazine cover story, September 9, 2017 The Jewish community in Germany is not necessarily a voting bloc that needs to be catered to ahead of the German federal election on September 24. Indeed, with an estimated German-Jewish population of about 200,000 (out of 82 million), the Jewish vote won’t likely tip the scales in anyone’s favor. However, according to one Jewish community organizer, Elio Adler, the Jewish voice should be of particular interest to German leadership. For PDF version, click Read More
September 9, 2017, Jerusalem Post For the rest in PDF version, click here. For Jpost link, click here. German families are known to keep secrets about the Nazi era. Lysann Bendel’s family in Dresden was no different. Bendel was born to the son of a local firefighter who lost his first wife and two children in the controversial 1945 DresdenRead More
JNS, August 21, 2017 Visitors to the Otto Weidt Workshop for the Blind Museum in Berlin often meet Haim Hoffmann when they enter. He always asks them to leave their backpacks at the reception desk before entering this former brush factory, which was used to save Jews during the Holocaust. The visitors also notice Hoffmann’s weird beard. “You should try that,” a Jewish tourist from Florida told her husband, pointing to Hoffmann’s strange sprout. “It’s called the ‘Three-day Freestyle,’” Hoffman, the museum’s shift manager, says when tRead More
This is the third article in a series for Fluter, a German political magazine for young adults sponsored by the German government. The following is an excerpt from the English original, modified slightly in the German version, which could be read here. I was chatting in line at Ritter Butzke, one of my favorite Berlin nightclubs, when a pretty Berliner asked what shouldRead More
This article is the third in a series of four articles about my life in Berlin as an American-Israeli for Fluter.de, a German political magazine for young adults. It discusses some of my encounters at nightclubs and on dates in Germany with people quick to judge Israel as the "oppressor" of Palestinians. The English original could be found in jewishjournal.com. Ich stand in der Schlange vor meinem Berliner LiebRead More