Berben was born in Detmold, North Rhine-Westphalia. She grew up in Hamburg, where her parents ran a restaurant. After the Six-day War in 1967 she travelled to Israel, and afterwards became the partner of the Israeli singer Abi Ofarim. Since then she has been associated with the pro-Israel lobby and has campaigned against antisemitism.
She served as a SPD delegate to the Federal Convention for the purpose of electing the President of Germany in 2017.
Born in 1950 in Detmold, Berben has promoted tolerance and peacefule co-existence through her support of the foundation "Gesicht zeigen! Für ein weltoffenes Deutschland" (Show your face! For a Germany that is open to the world). Moreover, she has kept the memory of the Nazi Regime alive through readings and podium discussions. In one, for instance, she contrasted excerpts from the diaries of Anne Frank and Joseph Goebbels or (in 2004) "Hitler's Table Talks from the Leader's Headquarters" with the clandestine notes of victims of the Holocaust. [Jewish Museum Berlin: JMB Journal Nr. 9]
Quote: "I don’t like to hear that anti-Semitism exists in other countries too. We shouldn’t forget that we have our own history, a very unique one, and we should see the addition of every foreign person to this country as an enrichment. We need to find ways to get rid of our fear of strangers. That’s the most important thing."
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