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Gert Berliner packed this toy monkey in a suitcase when he fled for his life nearly 80 years ago. It's now part of the collection at the Jewish Museum Berlin. Jacobia Dahm for NPR hide caption

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A Toy Monkey That Escaped Nazi Germany And Reunited A Family

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The CEO of Berlin's Charite Hospital, Karl Max Einhaeupl (left), and leading doctor Kai-Uwe Eckardt discuss the health of Pyotr Verzilov in Berlin on Tuesday. Verzilov, a member of Russian punk protest band Pussy Riot, was flown to Germany on Sept. 16 after a suspected poisoning. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Thousands of Berliners come to Tempelhof on warm summer evenings, but there's always room for more. Martin Kaste/NPR hide caption

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The Site Of The Berlin Airlift Now Serves As Refugee Shelter And Big Open Park

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Louisiana crawfish caught in waters in and around Berlin are on display at Fisch Frank fish restaurant in Berlin. They are an invasive species and authorities recently licensed a local fisherman to catch them and sell them to local restaurants. Carsten Koall/Getty Images hide caption

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For Berlin, Invasive Crustaceans Are A Tough Catch And A Tough Sell

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Berlin's Tegel is a small and far from modern airport. But many city residents value its convenience and its history and don't want it to close. Michael Sohn/AP hide caption

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The German government says it will shut down Cityhostel Berlin, a source of money for its owner, North Korea. Above, the hostel on Wednesday. Markus Schreiber/AP hide caption

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Last Friday night, the Berlin bookstore Shakespeare and Sons hosted a Sabbath dinner as part of the pre-kickoff activities for Nosh Berlin, the German capital's first Jewish food festival. Guests at the bookstore included many non-Jewish Germans who purchased tickets. Veronica Zaragovia for NPR hide caption

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Philippe Mora, whose father made life-saving baguettes during WWII, displays his graphic of his father, Georges Mora, and his godfather, Marcel Marceau, making mayonnaise together. Courtesy of NOISE Film PR hide caption

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Marjan practices at the Afghanistan National Institute of Music in Kabul. Rachel Corner/De Beeldunie hide caption

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All-Female Orchestra From Afghanistan Is A Force For Change

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The Christmas market near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin continues on Dec. 22. Somber but determined not to be cowed, visitors flocked to the market as it reopened three days after being struck in a deadly truck assault. Michael Kappeler/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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A body is covered with a thermal blanket after a shootout between Italian police and a man near a train station in Milan's Sesto San Giovanni neighborhood early Friday. Italy's interior minister said the man killed is "without a shadow of doubt" Anis Amri, the suspect in the Berlin Christmas market attack. Daniele Bennati/AP hide caption

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The Christmas market in Berlin was targeted in Monday's attack by a man driving a heavy truck into an area crowded with shoppers. Sean Gallup/Getty Images hide caption

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A Christmas market in central Berlin is seen on Tuesday, a day after a truck smashed into the market, killing 12 people and injuring dozens more. Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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At the 1936 Olympics, 18 black athletes went to Berlin as part of the U.S. team. Pictured here are (left to right, rear) high jumpers Dave Albritton and Cornelius Johnson; hurdler Tidye Pickett; sprinter Ralph Metcalfe; boxer Jim Clark; sprinter Mack Robinson. In front: weightlifter John Terry (left); long jumper John Brooks. Bettmann Archive/Getty Images hide caption

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Black U.S. Olympians Won In Nazi Germany Only To Be Overlooked At Home

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A scene from The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 takes place in the fictional capital city Panem, which was filmed in Berlin. Murray Close/Lionsgate hide caption

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With Rich History And Tax Breaks, Berlin Lures American Filmmakers

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