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Hip, Strange Yiddish Music Videos Straight Outta Germany

By On May 9, 2017

“Everything has an end–only the sausage has two.” It’s not the only German idiom involving sausage (there are many), but so far as we know it is the only one to first… Read More

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The Berlin Group Reviving Yiddish Music Lost in the Holocaust

By On January 27, 2017

The year was 1935, and Willy Rosen – a popular Jewish cabaret singer in Berlin – was performing a fun new song called, “At the Golden Snail Inn,” which he recorded in… Read More

Nazi Nukes in Them There Hills?
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Nazi Nukes in Them There Hills?

By On June 17, 2016

  The search for long-lost Nazi plunder is a hobbyist’s dream. Tales of buried treasures, hidden rooms, and occult ephemera are countless, stoked on, no doubt, by Nazi-loot-finding heroes like Indiana Jones.… Read More

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The German Teens Who Sang and Danced Their Nazi Resistance

By On June 14, 2016

  In a time of rising authoritarianism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, and fear, a group of young people insisting on their freedoms expressed themselves through dance. Donning checkered shirts, shorts and stockings, and signature… Read More

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This 1936 Illustrated German Children’s Book Makes Anti-Semitism Look So Cute

By On May 17, 2016

How did Adolf Hitler’s anti-Semitic ideas transform from the ravings of an outsider to official policy? A new exhibit, “Anti-Semitism 1919-1939,” at the New-York Historical Society asks this question, and a 1936 children’s… Read More

Berlin's New SynagogueMosqueChurch
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Berlin and Omaha’s Incredible New Synagogue-Mosque-Churches

By On December 21, 2015

A priest, a rabbi, and an imam walk into a bar… But actually, this isn’t a joke, or a bar. It’s an extraordinary new building called the House of One, which will… Read More

Spa Night Kristallnacht!
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The German Spa Night Called ‘Kristallnacht’

By On November 5, 2015

  History is a tricky thing. We try to treat past horrors with pathos and sensitivity, but we don’t want to suffocate under history’s yoke and have our growth impeded. We want… Read More

How Berlin Came to Host the Biggest Shabbat Ever
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Berlin Just Hosted the Biggest Shabbat Meal Ever

By On August 7, 2015

The logistics of a big Shabbat meal can be a bit daunting—especially so when over 2,000 Jewish men and women attend. On a recent evening in Berlin, exactly 2,322 Jews converged for… Read More

Nazi Films in Theaters -- for Free!
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Exposing The Secrets Behind Nazi Propaganda Films

By On May 12, 2015

  Under the Third Reich, a staggering 1,200 feature films were produced by Joseph Goebbels’s Ministry of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda. Of those films, 44 are still banned from broadcast or public… Read More

What do you Get When You Cross a Hipster and a Neo-Nazi?
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What do you Get When You Cross a Neo-Nazi and a Hipster?

By On January 9, 2015

Hello, Nipster. As the neo-Nazi movement in Germany continues to shrink, some of the country’s extremists are trying to shed their intimidating skinhead image to appeal to a younger generation. That means… Read More

Introducing: The Golem, a Horror Film From Weimar Germany
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Introducing: The Golem, Weimar Germany’s Creepiest Film

By On August 28, 2014

Deep in the annals of obscure German cinema lies The Golem: How He Came into the World, a 1920 silent horror film about the Jewish mythical Golem and, well, how he came into the… Read More

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The 1930s Lesbian Boarding School Flick Banned by the Nazis

By On March 27, 2014

Quick, a riddle: Who wouldn’t love a lesbian boarding school story? Answer: Nazis. Believe it or not, the first widely-released film featuring a lesbian plot came out in Germany just as Hitler was rising… Read More