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EXBERLINER Issue 142, Oktober 2015

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From Holocaust survivors to ex-communists, from DJs to rabbis, from reparations seekers to obsessed history hunters, our October issue takes a good look at Jewish Berlin's history and future.

IS BERLIN GOOD FOR THE JEWS? Everywhere you look, you'll see headlines about the "new" anti-Semitism cropping up in the German capital. Is there any truth to them?

FINDING MY BERLIN FAMILY Our stage editor goes on a hunt for her Jewish ancestors.

A STONE OF HER OWN Jule K.'s quest for a Stolperstein leads her down the rabbit hole of Holocaust history.

A JEW IN THE GDR Salomea Genin tells us her story of migrating from Australia to a land "free from anti-Semitism": East Berlin.

MY MUM, THE SURVIVOR Hermann Simon discusses his mother's frank, unsentimental memoir of hiding out in Berlin during the Third Reich.

MAKKABI'S GOAL Tales from the pitch at Berlin's only Jewish football club.

THE STATE BETWEEN Three Israeli expat artists tell us what their Judaism means to them.

CHASING LILLI A Berliner's decades-spanning obsession with a murdered Jewish sportswoman.

"THIS LAND WAS MY FAMILY'S LAND" Peter Sonnenthal's quixotic fight to take back his ancestral estate.

THESE JEWISH STREETS The hidden memorial in the Bavarian quarter

Also in this issue: WELCOME TO GERMANY! Willkommenskultur and how the "refugee crisis" is forcing the German government to face reality.

JÜRGEN BRÜNING Eight questions for the director of the Pornfilmfestival.

JOSHUA OPPENHEIMER An exclusive chat with the Act of Killing and Look of Silence director about guilt, forgiveness and healing in Indonesia (also up as an online podcast!)

THOMAS FEHLMANN The Berlin techno and ambient house godfather rolls into town as part of The Orb at Gretchen on October 18.

ENGLISH COMEDY SPECIAL The flourishing scene gets a stage all its own. Plus, an interview with British comedienne Josie Long, coming to town Oct 8-9.

SLAVS & TATARS The Central Asia-focused art collective chats about their exhibitions at Hamburger Bahnhof and Kraupa-Tuskany Zeidler.

BEST OF BERLIN A raunchy Ringbahn ride, 3D-printed gummy candy, mystical mixology and the future of gaming.

BERLIN BITES A Jewish food guide and Turkish barbecue.