Join fellow alumni, other Jewish college students and young professionals for our 10-day trip during May-June to Germany and meet with the contemporary Jewish community, visit the sites of German-Jewish history, and talk with political and business opinion-makers.
In 1943, the SS rounded up certain Jewish men for deportation. These were men who were married to non-Jewish women and who had non-Jewish children. About 2,000 were rounded up, 20 of whom were actually forwarded to Auschwitz.
By no means did they paint a rosy picture of modern Germany, but they proved that – contrary to the belief of some Jews I have spoken with – not all German are Nazis. The Torah teaches that children cannot be blamed for the sins of their ancestors, that people are capable of doing teshuva, repentance. The Torah’s truths apply here too.
Sometimes this difference in attitude can be misunderstood. For example, Americans have been taught that "Kristallnacht" means "the night of broken glass," referring to the powerful imagery we have been shown of the broken shop windows. This is actually not the case. ...