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Kirsten Grieshaber

Kirsten Grieshaber is an author at Religion News Service.

All Stories by Kirsten Grieshaber

16 objects from Germany tell story of Holocaust in new ways

By Kirsten Grieshaber — January 24, 2023
BERLIN (AP) — The exhibition Sixteen Objects marks the 70th anniversary of the Yad Vashem memorial, bringing back to Germany an array of items Jews took with them when they fled the Nazis.

‘A dear friend’: Syrian carves model of Cologne cathedral

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Daniel Niemann — June 21, 2022
COLOGNE, Germany (AP) — Alkhudr, who is Muslim, said he developed such a close connection to the Catholic cathedral that at some point it felt like the building became a part of him.

Auschwitz survivor Leon Schwarzbaum dies at 101 in Germany

By Kirsten Grieshaber — March 14, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — The German art and antiques dealer was the subject of director Hans Erich Viet's 2018 movie, 'The Last of the Jolly Boys.'

Ukrainian diaspora helps civilians back home escape the war

By Kirsten Grieshaber — March 4, 2022
BERLIN (AP) — 'A major part of the 50,000 Jews living in Berlin are from Ukraine,' says Rabbi Yehuda Teichtal from the Chabad community.

In eastern Germany, pastors push for shots despite protests

By Kirsten Grieshaber — December 28, 2021
CHEMNITZ, Germany (AP) — Lutheran pastors across Saxony have used their sermons to promote vaccines as the most efficient way to end the pandemic.

Cologne Catholic church holds penance service on sex abuse

By Kirsten Grieshaber and Daniel Niemann — November 18, 2021
The German Catholic Church’s handling of sexual abuse reports has caused a crisis in Cologne, where the archbishop, Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki, has taken a “spiritual timeout" on the advice of Pope Francis.

Neo-Nazi’s burial in Jewish gravesite causes stir in Germany

By Kirsten Grieshaber — October 13, 2021
Several German news outlets have reported that known Holocaust denier Henry Hafenmayer was buried Friday at the Stahnsdorf cemetery just outside of Berlin. His ashes were interred in the plot where Max Friedlaender, a German-Jewish musicologist, was buried.

“Dead end”: German cardinal offers to quit over church abuse

By Nicole Winfield and Kirsten Grieshaber — June 4, 2021
BERLIN (AP) — Cardinal Reinhard Marx, offered to resign as archbishop Friday over the Catholic Church's mishandling of clergy sexual abuse cases, declaring that the church had arrived at “a dead end."
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