Jews who stayed in East Germany focus of show in Berlin Jewish Museum

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“Some fled Germany before the Nazis and returned to the Soviet zone after 1945.” Others came to East Germany after surviving the concentration camps or living through the Nazi period in hiding, explains Hetty Berg, director Berlin’s Jewish Museum. The stories of Jews who returned to and remained in Germany despite their experiences there under the Nazis is now the subject of an exhibition at Berlin’s Jewish Museum spotlighting several lives in the GDR. “Many of them had hoped to build a free, anti-fascist state with the former East Germany,” Berg said ahead of the exhibition’s formal opening. …

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