Michael Levitin

Jonathan Safran Foer To Release English Version of Haggadah

Jonathan Safran Foer will be releasing a new English version of the Passover Haggadah, the best-selling novelist recently confirmed, speaking to a packed German audience at the American Academy in Berlin’s lakeside villa on the outskirts of the capital.

Antisemitic Incidents Raise Fears in Germany

A recent soccer match in the German capital turned into an orgy of rioting and antisemitism, as a spate of anti-Jewish incidents is fueling fears that neo-Nazis are gaining a strong foothold in German politics and society.

Antisemitic Incidents Spark Fears of Neo-Nazi Surge in Germany

After a spate of antisemitic episodes in the last two months, fears that neo-Nazis are gaining a strong foothold in German politics and society seemed confirmed with the release of an October 16 report showing that between January and August, right-wing extremists committed about 8,000 offenses — a 20% jump from last year and 50% from 2004.

Sephardic Culture Enjoys a Renaissance — in Spain

Forty-seven years ago, when Moroccan farming engineer Jacobo Israel Garzón immigrated north to Spain for work, he found a country fiercely opposed to discussion — at least a discussion with anything positive to say — about its Jewish past.

German Crackdown on Neo-Nazis Does Little To Stall the Movement

BERLIN — In part of a nationwide crackdown on the growing neo-Nazi movement, Germany’s highest administrative court handed down a first-ever ruling this week classifying a neo-Nazi rock group as a criminal organization because its lyrics spread racial hatred. The decision came on the heels of a national controversy stirred up here last week,

Turkish Film Pulled by German Theaters

BERLIN — In Europe’s latest entanglement over free speech, German officials and Jewish leaders are calling for a ban on a Turkish action film that demonizes Americans and Jews. On Wednesday, Cinemaxx, Germany’s largest theater chain, was the first movie house to respond, announcing that it would strike the film from its program

Berlin Wrestles With the Jewish Culture it Banished

Out of the rubble of the First World War emerged a mythic culture in Berlin: modern and erotic, brimming with arts and ideas; a city that attracted writers, actors, painters and musicians to its aura of progress and creativity.That’s half the picture. The other half is the Depression, National Socialism and antisemitism that hung like a shadow

They’re Laughing at Jews in Germany

Dani Levy has tussled gray hair and a sleepy-looking face. It’s a classic Jewish face: tan skin, round features and flashes of irony in his small, dark eyes. He’s wearing a sweater and trousers and scratching his head, choosing his words carefully. As he reclines on a sofa and sips mineral water at Café Bilderbuch in Berlin,

A Century of Israeli Art, on View in Berlin

Pogroms in Russia before and during the First World War sent waves of Jewish emigrants fleeing to Palestine. Around the same time, Jewish painters from across Europe settled in Tel Aviv, where an arts scene flourished in the 1920s, planting the seeds of Jewish national identity. It is this compelling chapter that opens “The New

Place for Mourning Fails To Stir Descendants of Hitler’s Victims

When it comes to remembering, Jews like to think they do it best.That’s why, as the German capital unveils the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 60 years after the end of World War II, reactions from Jews in Berlin are ranging from the emotional to the apathetic and removed.“It was an initiative by Germans and for Germans — not for the