“Just an Ordinary Jew” – An Oxymoron in Contemporary Germany?

A film screening of the German movie, “Just an Ordinary Jew,” was hosted by the Jewish Community Center in Manhattan (JCC) and co-sponsored by the German Consulate. The movie highlights the identity problems that second-generation Jews in particular experience in Germany. The event took place after a full night and day of remembrance and a reading of names on the occasion of Yom Hashoah, the Holocaust Remembrance Day.

Jeffrey Peck, Dean of The Weissman School of Arts and Sciences at Baruch College, and author of Being Jewish in the New Germany, led the lively post-screening conversation. Peck, who has spent considerable time residing in Germany, said, “Most Jews feel more comfortable living in Germany today than in some other European countries. Germany has done much to come to terms with its past.”

More than 100 guests attended the screening and discussion.

 

Article by Claudia Gerber, Germany.info
Edited by J D Sallen

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