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Dear Colleagues, I am compelled to defend Exodus to Berlin from Geller's critique of Peter Laufer's book.(1) But first, a necessary, personal disclosure: Laufer's book is one element of the Exodus to Berlin Project, which includes a documentary film, a website (www.exodustoberlin.com), and a study guide for secondary school students (available at the website). I was co-producer with Laufer of the film, which won the David Wolper Best Documentary Prize at the California Wine Country Film Festival 2002 and has been screened at film festivals in Washington, D.C. and Miami. The film Exodus to Berlin, was a keynote presentation in April of this year at a Brandeis University conference on Jewish emigration from the former Soviet Union. The overall Exodus to Berlin Project received funding support from the RIAS Berlin Commission and the Robert Bosch Foundation. My concern regarding the Geller review is that its strong negative language may dissuade some from reading Laufer's book. In particular, the review negates Laufer's work for incorrectly describing September, 1990 as the date of Germany's post-Wall reunification. Laufer decided to use that date because the Two-Plus-Four treaty was, in fact, signed at that time. Laufer covered that breaking moment of history for CBS News and considered it a more appropriate, historic date than the October day celebrated officially in Germany. The book Exodus to Berlin is a fine compendium of contemporary primary source history, and does not pretend to be the more sweepingly backgrounded work Geller would have preferred. The book is designed for the lay reader. But the extensive and detailed primary source material that Laufer developed during our field work in Germany in 2000 and 2001 and used in the book, will undoubtedly be of value to historians as we all try to understand and appreciate the ironic twist that has resulted in Germany playing host to the world's fastest growing Jewish community. Both the film and the book provide a focused insight into the lives of representative Jewish immigrants to Germany, a ringside seat at the debate continuing within Germany society regarding the pros and cons of this new exodus, and a frightening and intimate exchange with the champion of Germany's leading neo-Nazi party. One of the values Laufer brings to the study of contemporary Jewish immigration to German is his skill at encouraging the key players in this drama to tell their stories with poignant candor. The effect, especially when combined with Laufer's artful word pictures of the changing Berlin cityscape, is to bring this unexpected historical change to life on the pages of Exodus to Berlin. I look forward to reading Geller's upcoming book that deals with this phenomenon (including how things have evolved in Germany since the Exodus To Berlin research), and I do hope he will take another look at Laufer's Exodus to Berlin with an eye toward its lasting, time capsule value to students and teachers of German history alike. (1) Peter Laufer. Exodus to Berlin: The Return of the Jews to Germany. Chicago: Ivan R. Dee, 2003. xii + 237 pp. Maps, notes, and index. $26.00 (cloth), ISBN 1-56663-529-2. Reviewed by Jay Geller, Department of History, University of Tulsa. Published by H-German (September, 2003) http://www.h-net.org/reviews/showrev.cgi?path=89691065654853