Feldmann has become somewhat of a martyr among critics of Merkel’s immigration policy, and her murder has thrown German politics into disarray as debates over the migrant crisis threaten the governing power of Merkel and her Christian Democratic Union party (CDU).
The success of both couples can be attributed to their personal warmth, openness, non-judgmental attitudes—and, of course, home-cooked Shabbat and holiday meals.
Upon leaving Berlin for the first time, Feldman felt unnerved and heavy. Her main association with Berlin was the Holocaust. But then, in 2014, while taking part in a documentary on women who left strict, patriarchal communities, she saw a different side of the city. A fun, creative side. A diverse side. A side she could live in.