U.S., German, and European Union flags adorn the table before a bilateral discussion between Secretary Kerry and German Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Germany. Secretary Kerry is currently in Germany to participate in the Munich Security Conference. 

U.S., German, and European Union flags adorn the table before a bilateral discussion between Secretary Kerry and German Foreign Minister Steinmeier in Germany. Secretary Kerry is currently in Germany to participate in the Munich Security Conference. 

75th Anniversary of Kristallnacht: Night of Broken Glass

The Kristallnacht, or “the Night of Broken Glass,” occurred in Germany and Austria November 9-10, 1938, when Nazi party officials, Storm Troopers, the SS, and Hitler youth, joined by some civilians, carried out a wave of anti-Jewish violence throughout these countries.  The term Kristallnacht refers to the untold number of broken windows in synagogues, stores, community centers, and homes plundered and destroyed during the violence.   Learn more about the Kristallnacht on it’s 75th anniversary on DipNote.

Commemorating the ‘Lost Music of the Holocaust’
JUNE 18, 2013
A Holocaust Survivor Gives the Signal With His Violin To Begin the March of the Living at Auschwitz

When many of us reflect on the Holocaust, the beauty of the arts is the farthest thing from our minds.  Yet in the death camps of Auschwitz, Dachau, and elsewhere, creativity in captivity flourished as imprisoned artists composed and performed in inhuman conditions. 

On June 18, the State Department hosted foreign diplomats, NGO representatives, academics, and others at a multi-media event, “Lost Music of the Holocaust.” MORE

The G-8 Summit in Lough Erne

 
Today, President Obama is in Northern Ireland for the G-8 Summit in Lough Erne, his fifth G-8 since taking office.

Following his remarks in Belfast yesterday, he held a number of meetings with world leaders ahead of the G-8, including a visit with U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron and a meeting with EU leaders on the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership. MORE

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, DC on May 31, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/05/210142.htm

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry meets with German Foreign Minister Guido Westerwelle before their bilateral meeting at the U.S. Department of State in Washington, D.C., on May 31, 2013. [State Department photo/ Public Domain]

Empowering Young People as Economic and Civic Actors

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry engages young German innovators and leaders at his first Youth Connect event with moderator/journalist Cherno Jobatey in Berlin, Germany, February 26, 2013. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Zeenat Rahman serves as Secretary of State John Kerry’s Special Adviser on Global Youth Issues and Director of the Office of Global Youth Issues.

In his first major address as Secretary of State, John Kerry spoke about young people acting as a “global cohort.” He spoke about a generation proficient with technologies that keep them connected in ways no prior generation has ever been, and the opportunities that this presents all of us.

On his inaugural trip overseas, Secretary Kerry engaged this generation during #YouthConnect, a special event at the high-tech, coffee shop Basecamp in Berlin. The Secretary and more than 100 young people discussed foreign… more »

Highlights from the first stops in Secretary Kerry’s first international trip, including London, Berlin, Paris, and Rome. [Go to http://video.state.gov for more video and text transcript.]

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry delivers remarks at Youth Connect: Berlin in Berlin, Germany on February 26, 2013. A text transcript can be found at http://www.state.gov/secretary/remarks/2013/02/205218.htm

Berlin: Secretary Kerry Hits the Summit From Basecamp

U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry engages young German innovators and leaders at his first Youth Connect event with moderator/journalist Cherno Jobatey in Berlin, Germany, February 26, 2013. [State Department Photo/ Public Domain]

About the Author: Leyla Ones serves as Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate General Munich.

Hundreds of smart devices and laptops weren’t the only things buzzing this morning at Berlin’s Basecamp! Over 100 German and American students and young professionals gathered at this trendy part coffee shop, part high-tech store to join Secretary John Kerry in kicking off the first “Youth Connect” event. U.S. Embassy Berlin and Facebook co-hosted this exchange of ideas with Germany’s next generation of leaders and innovators. Popular German host Cherno Jobatey got the crowd excited before the Secretary arrived and moderated the event.

To underscore Secretary Kerry’s point that we live in a world more interconnected than ever, during the one-hour event, #youthconnect tweets were flying, Facebook postings were stacking up on… more »