The Jews are an ethnoreligious group originating from the Israelites, or Hebrews, in the Middle East during the second millennium BCE, in the part of the Levant known as the Land of Israel.
Jews can be people who were born to a Jewish family (matrilineal descent), regardless of whether or not they follow the religion, or people without any Jewish ancestral background who have formally converted to Judaism. The worldwide Jewish population reached a peak of 16.7 million prior to World War II, but approximately 6 million Jews were systematically murdered during the Holocaust conducted by Nazi Germany. Here you can find an automatic compilation of all DW content referring to Jews.
Hundreds of Holocaust survivors will join delegates from world governments at the Auschwitz concentration camp on the 75th anniversary of its liberation. Jewish groups urged Germany to do more to combat anti-Semitism.
Before the Nazis finalized their plan in 1942 to exterminate European Jews, the Holocaust by bullets was well underway in Eastern Europe. Mobile killing squads, sometimes helped by local auxiliaries, carried out mass shootings between 1941 and 1944, killing an estimated 40 percent of all the Jews murdered in the Holocaust. A personal reflection from Alexa Dvorson.
January 27 marks the 75th anniversary of the Soviet Red Army's liberation of the notorious Nazi death camp of Auschwitz in southern Poland. The date is now commemorated annually as Holocaust Memorial Day. Some 1.1 million people — mostly Jews — were killed at Auschwitz by Adolf Hitler's Nazi regime during World War II. Our correspondent Julian Berner visited Auschwitz and files this report.
Speyer, Worms and Mainz, regarded as the cradle of Jewish life in Europe, were also known as "Jerusalem on the Rhine." The three cities are applying to UNESCO for the title "Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity."
Few Muslims have visited the notorious site of some of history's worst atrocities. But high-ranking leaders of Muslim and Jewish communities are coming together to mark 75 years since the concentration camp's liberation.
Activists in Berlin were stopped by police when they tried to remove a controversial piece of art allegedly containing ashes of victims of the Holocaust. The artists were previously ordered to remove the installation.
Police in New York City have registered at least six attacks against Jews in the city since Hanukkah began on Sunday. In response, the city is stepping up security in neighborhoods with a large Jewish population.