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Five Things That Happened At The 2013 Golden Globes

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LOS ANGELES - The 70th Golden Globes ceremony took place Sunday night in Los Angeles, bringing together Television and Cinema... surprise and predictability. Here's what happened:

1. After being snubbed at the Oscar nominations, Ben Affleck's drama "Argo" about the hostage crisis in Iran, won Best Picture, Drama, (and Director) beating tough competition from Steven Spielberg's "Lincoln." Daniel Day Lewis did beat Ben Affleck though in the Best Actor category.

2. The gal-pal hosts, Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, were full of quips and good cheer. After the last three years of Ricky Gervais roasting many of the celebrities attending, the two friends' somewhat lighter bantering was well received.

“Ricky Gervais could not be here tonight because he is no longer technically in show business.
– Tina Fey

3. Jodie Foster finally publicly came out. Or did she announce her retirement? During her confusing acceptance speech for a lifetime achievement award, CNN reports that Jodie said "I guess I have a sudden urge to say something that I've never really been able to air in public," she began after the requisite thank-yous.

"So, a declaration that I'm a little nervous about but maybe not quite as nervous as my publicist right now, huh Jennifer? But I'm just going to put it out there, right? Loud and proud, right? So I'm going to need your support on this. … This feels like the end of one era and the beginning of something else. Scary and exciting and now what? Well, I may never be up on this stage again, on any stage for that matter," she said.

"Good night - we’re going home with Jodie Foster!"
– Amy Poehler ended the show

4. The 42nd U.S. President introduced the 16th U.S. President. Former President Bill Clinton introduced the clip for Best Movie nominee, "Lincoln," saying of the film that it was "A tough fight to push a bill through a bitterly divided House of Representatives. Winning required the president to make a lot of unsavory deals that had nothing to do with the big issue. I wouldn't know anything about that."

"Wow, what an exciting special guest! That was Hillary Clinton's husband!" - Amy Poelher

5. Movies and TV shows about the CIA were the winning ticket for this year's awards. "Homeland" won best Drama Series, plus both Best Actor and Actress in a Drama Series for Damien Lewis and Claire Danes. "Argo" won Best Drama Picture and Director for Ben Affleck – while Jessica Chastain won Best Actress, drama for "Zero Dark Thirty." Will the CIA theme continue on for the next few years?

I like Homeland, but I don’t think it’s as good as that other show, "Previously On Homeland." That thing is action-packed.” – Tina Fey

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What It Means When The Jews Of Germany No Longer Feel Safe

A neo-Nazi has been buried in the former grave of a Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender – not an oversight, but a deliberate provocation. This is just one more example of antisemitism on the rise in Germany, and society's inability to respond.

At a protest against antisemitism in Berlin

Eva Marie Kogel

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BERLIN — If you want to check the state of your society, there's a simple test: as the U.S. High Commissioner for Germany, John Jay McCloy, said in 1949, the touchstone for a democracy is the well-being of Jews. This litmus test is still relevant today. And it seems Germany would not pass.


Incidents are piling up. Most recently, groups of neo-Nazis from across the country traveled to a church near Berlin for the funeral of a well-known far-right figure. He was buried in the former grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender, a gravesite chosen deliberately by the right-wing extremists.

The incident at the cemetery

They intentionally chose a Jewish grave as an act of provocation, trying to gain maximum publicity for this act of desecration. And the cemetery authorities at the graveyard in Stahnsdorf fell for it. The church issued an immediate apology, calling it a "terrible mistake" and saying they "must immediately see whether and what we can undo."

There are so many incidents that get little to no media attention.

It's unfathomable that this burial was allowed to take place at all, but now the cemetery authorities need to make a decision quickly about how to put things right. Otherwise, the grave may well become a pilgrimage site for Holocaust deniers and antisemites.

The incident has garnered attention in the international press and it will live long in the memory. Like the case of singer-songwriter Gil Ofarim, who recently claimed he was subjected to antisemitic abuse at a hotel in Leipzig. Details of the crime are still being investigated. But there are so many other incidents that get little to no media attention.

Photo of the grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

The grave of Jewish musicologist Max Friedlaender

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Crimes against Jews are rising

Across all parts of society, antisemitism is on the rise. Until a few years ago, Jewish life was seen as an accepted part of German society. Since the attack on the synagogue in Halle in 2019, the picture has changed: it was a bitter reminder that right-wing terror against Jewish people has a long, unbroken history in Germany.

Stories have abounded about the coronavirus crisis being a Jewish conspiracy; meanwhile, Muslim antisemitism is becoming louder and more forceful. The anti-Israel boycott movement BDS rears its head in every debate on antisemitism, just as left-wing or post-colonial thinking are part of every discussion.

Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

Since 2015, the number of antisemitic crimes recorded has risen by about a third, to 2,350. But victims only report around 20% of cases. Some choose not to because they've had bad experiences with the police, others because they're afraid of the perpetrators, and still others because they just want to put it behind them. Victims clearly hold out little hope of useful reaction from the state – so crimes go unreported.

And the reality of Jewish life in Germany is a dark one. Sociologists say that Jewish children are living out their "identity under siege." What impact does it have on them when they can only go to nursery under police protection? Or when they hear Holocaust jokes at school?

Germany needs to take its antisemitism seriously

This shows that the country of commemorative services and "stumbling blocks" placed in sidewalks as a memorial to victims of the Nazis has lost its moral compass. To make it point true north again, antisemitism needs to be documented from the perspective of those affected, making it visible to the non-Jewish population. And Jewish life needs to be allowed to step out of the shadows.

That is the first thing. The second is that we need to talk about specifically German forms of antisemitism. For example, the fact that in no other EU country are Jewish people so often confronted about the Israeli government's policies (according to a survey, 41% of German Jews have experienced this, while the EU average is 28%). Projecting the old antisemitism onto the state of Israel offers people a more comfortable target for their arguments.

Our society needs to have more conversations about antisemitism. The test of German democracy, as McCloy called it, starts with taking these concerns seriously and talking about them. We need to have these conversations because it affects all of us. It's about saving our democracy. Before it's too late.

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