Hamburger Sasson-Verlag has specialized in specialist magazines; Deborah Middelhoff is responsible for culinary titles such as “Finschmacher” or “Laffer Bookzine”, the magazine of top chef Johann Laffer. But in late February, the editor-in-chief voluntarily relinquished his responsibility for the title group.
“In the background of my membership in the Jewish religious community and due to current developments in Germany, I have decided to shift the center of my life abroad,” he explained in writing and very openly about his resignation.
The publishers of Sessons-Verlag conscientiously regretted the withdrawal and praised the very committed and successful work of the editor-in-chief over the past nearly two decades. However, he did not take into account the special circumstances. Who immediately called Johannes Boie, former editor-in-chief of the BILD newspaper: “Remarkable. Ms. Middelhoff clearly states that as a Jew she can no longer live in Germany and does not want to live. The publisher cannot give a single clear sentence on this worrying reason,” he wrote.
With her drastic move, Deborah Middelhoff is reacting to the increase in anti-Semitic attacks in Germany since the terrorist attack on Israel by Islamist Hamas and the resulting Israeli counter-attack. Anti-Semitic crimes have also recently increased in Austria.