Tag: The Holocaust

Voters in the German state of Thuringia are set to elect a new state parliament on Sunday. The electoral season has been marred by a rash of death threats against leading candidates. (More…)

I’ve never gotten the hang of taking trains in Germany. I avoid using them whenever possible. (More…)

“He’s going to save Israel from the Europeans.” So said my late aunt, handing me a photocopy of something written by its new ambassador to the UN. “Netanyahu speaks the truth.” (More…)

When Zdravko Grebo, a legal scholar at the University of Sarajevo, died this year, it seemed to many Sarajevans the end of an era: the last of his generation, of dissident, socialist anti-fundamentalist Bosnian thinkers who embodied the best of Yugoslav dynamism and spoke to the hope – as Sarajevo has often stood for – that Europe can carve out a space between totalitarianism and late capitalism alike. (More…)

“You must come to Auschwitz. I go there once a year, with a group of third-generation Holocaust survivors.” Blond-haired and blue-eyed, in his late thirties, I found it hard to place him there. (More…)

The hysteria was predictable. Posing as both concentration camp inmates and their Nazi executioners, the video for Rammstein’s new song “Deutschland” was destined to infuriate one demographic, just as selecting a black actress, Ruby Commey, to personify Germania, was bound to piss off another. (More…)

The European People’s Party (EPP) has initiated a process that could remove Hungary’s governing Fidesz from the centre-right group. Twelve member parties requested the step, which will be voted on next week. “Viktor Orbán has crossed the red line,” said EPP President Joseph Daul. (More…)

I hate commemorating the Holocaust. Born to WWII generation Israeli-American parents in 1967, the Shoah, as we call it in Hebrew, has always been the cornerstone around which we defined our Jewishness and our politics. (More…)

The passengers were black. The conductor was black. Everyone was speaking fluent English. Accented, that is. They must be from Liberia or Ghana, I reckoned. (More…)