On April 17, 2018, an Arab-Israeli man wearing a kippah (skullcap worn by religious Jews) was attacked on a Berlin street, lashed with a belt as the attacker repeated the Arabic word for Jew, “Yahudi.” Although the young victim was not in fact Jewish, the event prompted discussion in the Jewish community regarding religious expression in Berlin.
Wolfgang Seibert has been leader of the Pinneberg’s 250-strong Jewish community since 2003. Recent German media reports said that Seibert claimed he was born in a displaced person’s camp and that his grandmother survived Auschwitz. Seibert was born a Protestant and baptized and has never converted to Judaism. As a result of the outcry, Seibert… Read more »