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“United Germany, Mixed Feelings”
As the films Gefilte Fish and the Ghosts of Germany: Jewish American Artists in the New Berlin and Without Me (pictured) illustrate, booming Berlin has become the home for a new generation of Jewish artists, filmmakers, and various trend followers. Things are not entirely comfortable for these pioneers, however. Far-right parties have been making electoral gains, and youthful neo-Nazis have been drawing converts, particularly in the former East Germany. The nation’s horrific heritage also sometimes asserts itself in less direct ways. After a screening of these two short documentaries, the issues they raise will be discussed by three panelists: Style section reporter Marc Fisher, formerly the Washington Post’s German correspondent; Jeffrey Peck, a professor of German at Georgetown University and director of the Jewish Studies Initiative; and Rabbi Andrew Baker, director of European affairs at the American Jewish Committee. Photographer Edward Serotta, whose exhibit of photographs “Jews Germany Memory: A Contemporary Portrait” is on display at the DCJCC’s Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, will moderate. At 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 19, at the D.C. Jewish Community Center, 16th & Q Sts. NW. $8.50. (202) 518-9400. (Mark Jenkins)