Judith Vonberg

Freelance journalist

I'm a freelance journalist currently working on the digital news team at CNN International in the London bureau, where I began as an intern in January 2017.

Since June 2017, I have been a key player in designing and coordinating a project to grow CNN's audience in Germany. This has involved writing news stories, producing distinctive features, analysis pieces and graphics-led articles, and working closely with colleagues in Berlin and with the CNN Style and Travel teams.

My articles on migration, Anglo-German relations and European culture have also been published by The Guardian, New Statesman and BuzzFeed and I have appeared on BBC TV World News and BBC Radio Scotland discussing the refugee crisis. You can see some of my work on refugee and migration issues at www.peoplecrossingborders.com.

I have also recently passed my doctorate in Anglo-German Cultural Relations. My PhD thesis explores the mutual depictions of Britons and Germans in British and German popular culture just after the Second World War.

Portfolio

Rembrandt sketch 'hidden' for 250 years found
The discovery of the work's true author has been described as "a sensation" by the Herzog Anton Ulrich Museum in Braunschweig, Germany. Known as "the Braunschweig terrier," the...
Image of Turkish assassin wins photo of year
Associated Press photographer Burhan Ozbilici was at the launch of a new art exhibition in Ankara on December 19 when Mevlut Mert Altintas, an off-duty police officer, opened...
Queen marks 65 years on British throne
Her Sapphire Jubilee has being marked with ceremonial gun salutes at London's Green Park and the Tower of London, and in several other locations across the United Kingdom. The...
Bad weather causes lettuce shortages across Europe
Cold, wet weather in southern Spain has devastated supplies of iceberg lettuces to consumers across Europe. Other vegetables, including broccoli, artichokes and aubergines, also...
Hitler's phone to be sold at auction
The phone was presented to Hitler by the Wehrmacht and was used by the Nazi leader to issue most of his commands during the last two years of World War II, according to a...
Nazi propaganda chief's secretary dies at 106
Last year, Pomsel spoke publicly for the first time about her experiences working for the Nazi regime and her three years as Goebbels' secretary. Her story was turned into the...
MI6: The real life Q is a woman
Speaking at the Women in IT Awards in London on Wednesday night, MI6 chief Alex Younger, known as C, encouraged more women to join the intelligence services. "The real-life Q is...
'Refugee History' Platform Offers Lessons for the Current Crisis
Historians frustrated by simplistic comparisons between refugee crises past and present have set up a platform to delve deeper into historical parallels and differences. Its...
British Volunteer Hosts Welcome Refugees Into Their Homes and Lives
Amid a hostile climate for refugees in the U.K., ordinary citizens are plugging gaps in the asylum system. Judith Vonberg reports on Refugees at Home, a volunteer initiative...
"A sinking ship with not enough lifeboats": London citizens call for urgent action on child...
Around 150 people gathered outside the Home Office yesterday to celebrate the arrival of the first so-called "Dubs children" and to urge leaders of government and local councils...
Why We Need a Supranational Approach at the U.N. Migration Summit
As part of our "The Road to UNGA" series, migrant rights advocate Judith Vonberg writes that the upcoming U.N. summit, already backsliding on promises to resettle refugees,...
The referendum: A choice between taking our country back and taking it forwards?
Thursday’s vote presents us with two visions of our country. The Leave campaign offers us an anti-immigration, nostalgia driven fantasy while Remain, in its more inspiring...
The Quality of Mercy
In the space of a few months Europe has moved from "Refugees Welcome" to deporting refugees. But who are the people we once welcomed and now send away? In Crossing the Sea: With...
Swapping Neil MacGregor for Hartwig Fischer: why we need more Anglo-German cultural exchange
German art historian Hartwig Fischer has just started his new job as director of the British Museum. A strange quirk of fate has seen the museum's former director, Neil...
The New Keywords Project: A timely intervention in the debate around migration and refugee...
The New Keywords Collective Project was launched in 2015 as a series of collaborative essays on key words or topic areas related to the current debate about migration and...
Opinion: Refugees Welcome? Britain, Germany and the Refugee Crisis | FAIRPLANET.ORG | Read,...
'Refugees Welcome' has been revealed as Germany's official 'Anglicism of the Year' for 2015. A panel of judges, mostly linguists, confers each year to choose the English word or...
An ex-WW2 camp is becoming a luxury hotel: what should we do with sites of terror?
Earlier this month, the government of Montenegro approved plans to transform an island fort, used during the Second World War as a concentration camp, into a luxury resort. The...
Why is Germany so obsessed with Hamlet?
From 18th century philosophers to present day audiences, Germans just can’t get enough of the Dane.
Let's Not Turn Oxbridge Into a Comprehensive
As an Oxford graduate educated in a comprehensive school, I am dismayed at the idea of abandoning the selection criteria at Oxford and Cambridge universities. Academic standards...
Theresa May's Hierarchy of Asylum Is Divisive, Inhumane and Ill-informed
There were more than a few inflammatory points in Theresa May's speech to the Conservative Party conference yesterday. One such moment came when she addressed how Britain deals...
Das bekommen Flüchtlinge nach ihrer Ankunft in Berlin
BERLIN - In der aktuellen Flüchtlingskrise in Europa kommen Tausende Menschen in der Hoffnung auf ein besseres Leben nach Deutschland. Einige von ihnen kommen in eine frühere...
Germany's suspension of the Dublin Protocol: a welcome display of European and global solidarity
Germany seems to have grasped two facts that continue to elude many other national governments across Europe, or are perhaps being wilfully ignored. First, that the European...
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Discussion of the language we use to talk about the refugee/migrant crisis
The Kindertransport and Syrian Resettlement: British Refugee Policy in 1938 and Today
Two speeches in the House of Commons, seventy-five years apart, express the same aspiration to an idea of Britain as welcoming and compassionate, a refuge for those fleeing...

Blogs and Reviews

Katharina Bielenberg and Jamie Bulloch on the past, present and future of German literature in...
It's hard not to envy the staff at the Hachette publishing group who have their offices in the London headquarters. The views from the light-filled, top-floor café in this glass...
#RivetingReviews: Judith Vonberg reviews KINGDOM OF TWILIGHT by Steven Uhly
"In truth, there are no superhumans or subhumans," thinks Anna, one of the central characters in Steven Uhly's epic novel, Kingdom of Twilight. Even Sturmbannführer Josef...
AmazonCrossing: Where fiction in translation is thriving
The Frankfurt Book Fair 2016 has just finished. At the event a year ago, Amazon pledged $10 million of funding for one of its trade imprints, AmazonCrossing, which commissions...
Interview with Charlotte Ryland and Jen Calleja of New Books in German by Judith Vonberg
New Books in German is a unique twice-yearly publication that provides publishers and editors around the world with insights on the best of German-language literature. NBG is...
In or Out of Europe?
“We’re gonna have to build a wall!” This isn’t Donald Trump talking about Mexico or UK immigration minister Robert Goodwill announcing the new wall at Calais. The words belong...

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