• Niklas has experienced a lot of anti-Semitism - even though he isn't Jewish. As a visitor attendant at the Jewish Museum, he meets a lot of prejudiced people, who seriously ask him if he's circumcised. Niklas makes the best of his situation - he's made new Jewish friends and found a new pet topic.

  • Gad couldn't wait to get out of Israel: too small, too expensive, too complicated. For the last six years, the musician has been living in Berlin – of all places. Like many young Israelis, Gad doesn't have a problem with the Nazi past. The past is forgotten, right?

  • Chaya lives on occupied territory in the West Bank. From Cologne, she's moved to a Jewish settlement, which, according to international law, is on Palestinian land. But Chaya has a different view. She wants to build a new life for herself there.

  • Chris runs two hostels – one in Jerusalem, the other in Ramallah. Between the two there's a checkpoint, barbed wire, people waiting in line. Chris wants to bring two cultures together, but he himself is driven to despair by the border every day. Why does he keep going?

  • Joujou stands up for love - on the internet, where hatred rules. Her Facebook page is called "Palestine loves Israel" and wants to overcome hostility in the Middle East in new ways. But how to succeed, with all the haters?

  • Sherry and Ori versus world politics. She is Iranian, he is a German Jew. They fall in love. But a quick visit to Ori's family in Israel? No way. Iran and Israel are enemies, after all. Even though the two nations have a lot in common, according to Sherry.

  • Samuel works as a vocal coach - in the army. For a long time, he's refused to become a soldier. But as an immigrant from Germany, he has to serve three years in the Israel Defense Forces like every man. What he really wants to do is become an opera singer.

  • Liad is gay and has just become a dad to twins. In Tel Aviv, that's perfectly normal. In Germany, his case would be the exception rather than the rule. That's one of the reasons Liad left Berlin after two years to return to Israel - because in Germany, his path to fatherhood is illegal.

Gad, 31

Gad is singer and producer in the band Dirty Honkers. Together with a Frenchman and a Canadian woman, he plays Electro-Swing using a saxophone and a joystick. To pursue his music, he moved from Israel to Berlin six years ago and has stayed there since. Israel was just too small for him. And too complicated.
Gads band: Dirty Honkers

Joujou, 32

Joujou is German-Palestinian. She launched a Facebook page where users discuss the conflict in the Middle East. “Palestine loves Israel” is a platform where stories of peace are posted – but a lot of harsh insults as well.
Joujous project: Palestine loves Israel

Liad, 40

Liad helped launch a start-up and has worked for Greenpeace Israel. He lived in Berlin for two years. Today he’s living in Tel Aviv and is raising twins with his boyfriend. His path to fatherhood is illegal in Germany.

Niklas, 25

Niklas studies history. He’s done all kinds of jobs, but none required him to explain himself as much as his job as visitor attendant at the Jewish Museum. He’s become an expert on Jewish life, even though he himself isn’t even Jewish.

Chaya, 23

Chaya grew up in Cologne and now lives in a settlement in the West Bank. According to international law, she’s living on Palestinian land, which is occupied by Israel. Chaya has a different view.
Chayas Blog: Die Siedlerin

Chris, 38

Chris considers himself Palestinian. He lives in Jerusalem and built the first ever hostel in Palestinian Ramallah. He commutes between the two cities and has to pass through an Israeli checkpoint every day. That annoys him.

Sherry,30 und Ori, 34

Sherry and her husband Ori love each other. No problem there. If only it wasn’t for politics: Sherry is from Iran, Ori is a Germany-born Jew, and part of his family lives in Israel. That means a quick visit to the grandparents isn’t really on.

Samuel, 27

Samuel initially never wanted to join the army. But as an immigrant from Germany he has to serve in the Israel Defense Forces, like almost every Israeli – when what he really wants to do is become an opera singer.
Samuels website:


At Tacheles, eight people from Israel, Germany and the Middle East come together. All protagonists work to dismantle borders and conventions. Every week, they discuss and film themselves on a shared topic. One protagonist chooses the subject, the others reply to his video – each from their point of view, with their background. 50 years after starting the German-Israeli relations, Germany, Israel and the Middle East have a lot to say to each other – and you can join the discussion, too. The result is Tacheles – a project of the ARD, produced by PULS, the youth programme of the Bayerischer Rundfunk/Bavarian State Broadcaster and the ARD radio studio in Tel Aviv.


idea/concept/realization: Christine Auerbach, Johannes Berthoud, Torsten Teichmann, Christian Wagner
editor: Till Ottlitz
camera: Lukas Hellbrügge (camera/editing), Tatjana Sikorski (camera)
social Media/ online: Jens Milkowski, Bettina Dunkel
design: Ursula Brunthaller
frontend-development: David Zeidler
product owner blog: Jerry Manz