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"All You Wanted To Know About Jews" - Berlin Exhibit Tackles Touchy, Funny Questions

At the German capital's Jewish Museum, the starting point for are anonymous questions from ordinary visitors  -- and a sense of humor.

And what's up with those matzah balls!?
And what's up with those matzah balls!?
Jacques Schuster

BERLIN - In 1931, a year after the Nazi Party had won 18% of the vote and 107 seats in the Reichstag national assembly, composer Friedrich Hollaender wrote a song that reflected the increasing hatred of Jews in Germany.

Intended to be light and witty, and sung to the tune of the “Habanera” aria from the opera Carmen, the song blames Jews for just about everything under the sun -- from the weather to the unpleasant effects it can produce: sweating, freezing, coughing, sneezing – it’s all the Jews fault!

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Two Ukrainian soldiers at a military base on the outskirts of the separatist region of Donetsk

Lisa Berdet, Lila Paulou, Anne-Sophie Goninet and Bertrand Hauger

👋 Halito!*

Welcome to Wednesday, where the first war crimes trial against a Russian soldier since Moscow’s invasion of Ukraine gets underway in Kyiv, Kim Jong-un slams North Korean officials’ response to the coronavirus outbreak and Mexico’s National Registry of Missing People reaches a grim milestone. Meanwhile, Ukrainian news outlet Livy Bereg looks at the rise of ethnic separatism across Russia’s federal regions.

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