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Was It to No Avail?

Twenty years after the establishment of diplomatic relations between Israel and the Federal Republic of Germany, the late Ambassador of Israel to Germany (1974-1981) Yohanan Meroz, published a book (originally …

Relations between Israel and Germany in the Shadow of Günter Grass’s Poem

Having faded from the media spotlight, the Günter Grass poem aroused quite a bit of criticism – and questions – in the weeks following its release. Now, Ambassador Shimon Stein, former Israeli Ambassador to Germany, reflects back on the debate surrounding the poem and what it really meant for German-Israeli relations.