Jason Lutes is the creative force behind the blockbuster graphic novel BERLIN, which chronicles the German capital in the years of the Weimar Republic. Writing about BERLIN in Forbes magazine, Rob Salkowitz called Lutes’s book “one of the most ambitious, important and fully-realized works of graphic literature yet created, a real masterpiece of both story and art.” As…

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David Clay Large is a professor at The Fromm Institute, University of San Francisco, and a Senior Fellow at the Institute of European Studies, U.C. Berkeley. His book BERLIN has been very well-received, with Dr. Dorothee Brantz saying “this book is a captivating read; just like a good novel, it is hard to put down.”…

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Dennis Behnke — known as ‘The Berlin Storyteller’ — offers a variety of guided tours of Germany’s capital city. You can learn about Dennis’s tours here. In this interview, I catch up with Dennis. 1) How did you come to call yourself ‘The Berlin Storyteller’? When I was 15 years old, my school class went on…

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The Israeli filmmaker Arnon Goldfinger is a true cinéaste, whose films have won many prestigious awards. His revelatory documentary THE FLAT narrates his discovery of his German-born grandparents’ — the Tuchlers’ — unusual history with a Nazi, Leopold von Mildenstein. For The Journal for the Study of Antisemitism, I wrote a commentary on THE FLAT. In this…

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On Wednesday, September 14, 2016, author and Fairfield University Professor of History Dr. Gavriel D. Rosenfeld will deliver remarks about Duki Dror‘s film MENDELSOHN’S INCESSANT VISIONS in connection with a screening of the movie at the Leo Baeck Institute, NYC. The film is about the influential German-Jewish architect Erich Mendelsohn. The event is free to the…

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My cousin Jason Stanley — who often writes for The New York Times — is the Jacob Urowsky Professor of Philosophy at Yale University. My father Gerhard Intrator had a brother, Alexander, whose son Manfred was Jason’s father. As Jason and I have shared family roots in Berlin, I recently asked him several questions about that city.…

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Have a question about Berlin history? Dr. Benedikt Goebel knows it backwards and forwards. Unflinching about documenting the Nazi-era history of his city, this outstanding scholar worked on the bedrock scholarship on view at the STOLEN HEART exhibit in New York City. This photo shows Benedikt with a bronze bell made in 1646 for the Lützower…

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(Tai Recanati, photo from Facebook) Tai Recanati is Executive Producer of a new film directed by Janina Quint, GERMANS & JEWS. The documentary explores the often fraught relationships between Germans and Jews in the post-Holocaust era. You may view the GERMANS & JEWS trailer here. Below in this blog post, Tai Recanati and Janina Quint jointly answer…

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Renowned artist and illustrator Olaf Hajek maintains his studio in Berlin’s center-most district, Mitte. You might have seen his work in The New York Times Book Review. Recently, I caught up with Hajek for this interview. 1) You’ve done some delightful work for the Autorenbuchhandlung Berlin. Please tell us about the Autorenbuchhandlung. “The Autorenbuchhandlung is a bookstore…

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