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April 12, 2014

Tragic past, rebirth in Berlin's Jewish community

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Still, today’s Jewish Berlin is still a far cry from the pre-Nazi era with its population of some 160,000. Only 8,000 were left when the war ended.

“If people come to Berlin they don’t see real Jewish culture, but they see landmarks of the Jewish past, landmarks of destruction of Jewish culture,” says Kugelmann. “When you visit you have to be a kind of archaeologist to decipher the Jewish past here, like reading the hieroglyphics of the Rosetta Stone.”

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