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  • Berlin Wall

    Cory Shapiro stands in front of the Berlin Wall on his trip to Germany this past summer.

    Photos courtesy of Cory Shapiro

Posted: Wednesday, November 23, 2016 10:00 am

I was alone walking around town on my first day in Berlin. Will anyone be willing to help me out if I get lost? Would there be a harshness to the people I encountered? Will anyone have a sense of humor? Would I see swastikas on the walls of buildings?

These were some of the stereotypes both big and small that were buried deep in the back of mind when I arrived to Berlin on Aug. 30 as a part of the Germany Close Up: American Jews Meet Modern Germany program. The 10 days I spent in Germany were transformational for me as I quickly overcame stereotypes and found myself open-minded and eager to learn about the past, present and future of Germany and Judaism within the country.

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