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Angela Merkel In Auschwitz-Birkenau

Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany has not flinched from the historically vital task of confronting the ghosts of her country’s ugly Nazi past. In accordance with this steadfast spirit, Merkel visited Auschwitz-Birkenau on December 6. At this former German concentration camp in southern Poland, she spoke eloquently about the Holocaust and its legacy, Germany’s enduring […]

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Jewish Affairs

Bravo, Angela Merkel

German Chancellor Angela Merkel is a mensch, which, in Yiddish, means a decent and upright person. She proved it yet again on Sept. 14 at a rally in Berlin where she praised the Jewish community and condemned antisemitism.   “That far more than 100,000 Jews are now living in Germany is something of a miracle,” […]

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Middle East

Germany Seeks to Bolster Its Friendship With Israel Despite Tensions Over Two Key Issues

German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s two-day visit to Israel this week was intended to demonstrate unwavering friendship with Israel in spite of sharp disagreements over two critical issues — Israeli settlements in the West Bank and Iran’s nuclear program. Upon her arrival ¬†in Israel with 15 members of her cabinet in tow,¬†Merkel, eager to defuse tensions […]