‘Never Again is Now.’ Germans Mark 85th Anniversary of Kristallnacht at a Fraught Moment

Thousands of people marched in Berlin on Thursday evening to mark the 85th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht, while the Brandenburger Tor, the Brandenburg Gate, one of the best-known landmarks in Germany, was illuminated with the words, “Nie wieder ist jetzt,” or “Never again is now,” along with a large Star of David on the second cornice.
Kristallnacht, the night of broken glass, the orchestrated attacks that rocked Germany and …

Thoughts and Reflections on the Occasion of the 85th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht by a Holocaust Survivor

“Never again!” is a phrase strongly associated with the lessons of the Holocaust.  It was used by liberated prisoners from the Konzentrationslager Buchenwald and popularized by Rabbi Meir Kahane in his 1971 book which carried the phrase as its title. The phrase can be taken as a command to avert a second Holocaust as well as a universalist injunction against all forms of genocide.
On October 7, 2023, a series of …

Is It Safe to Travel to Europe During the Heat Wave? Here’s What You Need to Know Before You Go

Think it’s warm here? It’s not just much of the United States that’s sweltering under extreme heat waves, but also a good part of the European continent.
Temperatures in Italy, Greece, and Spain seem to be breaking new records daily and no relief is in sight, while many other countries – such as Austria and Czechia – are seeing unusually warm temperatures as well.
This raises the question of whether to change …

Siesta, Anyone? Germans Try a Concept They Once Laughed At to Beat the Heat

Most of Europe has long taken a midday break but southern European countries such as Spain have developed this into a fine art as a way to deal with the hot afternoon sun.
Now northern European countries are looking to the south for inspiration.  Offices are overheating given the scarcity of air conditioning in a land used to cooler temperatures, and employees become lethargic after lunchtime.
However, a simple recipe from the …

Op-Ed: Putin, Wagner Putsch and the Night of the Long Knives

Today may well go down in history as either the first day of the 2023 Russian Revolution or of a failed Putsch against President Vladimir Putin.
Even Putin acknowledged this as such.
In a televised speech Saturday morning, Putin noted that the revolt was reminiscent of the 1917 revolution that destroyed the Russian Empire, noting that the revolution took place “when the country was waging World War I but its victory was …

The Curious Tradition of Watching ‘Dinner for One’ on New Year’s Eve

“Dinner for One.” It falls to the newest member of the Frequent Business Traveler and The Travelist editorial teams to maintain one of the publications’ oldest traditions, that of writing about this short film, itself a tradition that is watched by millions of people around the world each New Year’s Eve.
When I first heard the title “Dinner for One,” I assumed it was some kind of solitary celebration.  Instead, I …

Thoughts and Reflections on the Occasion of the 84th Anniversary of the Kristallnacht by a Holocaust Survivor

Today is the 84th anniversary of the Novemberpogrome, or Kristallnacht. I was a 14 year-old boy then and my parents and I never thought of emigrating until the Kristallnacht, even though Jews were gradually being deprived of their rights before then. At that point, it became clear that my parents and I could no longer remain in our homeland.
March 13, 1938 was of course the Anschluß. The Austrian Chancellor, Kurt …