When Schocken Was Germany's Marks & Spencer, Before Haaretz

New museum in Chemnitz tells the story of once a trend-setting department store chain.

Last week, on a grey and rainy day, 30 members of the Schocken family from around the world gathered in Chemnitz, a dreary industrial city that was mostly destroyed in World War II, an hour’s train ride from Leipzig. It offers nothing to tourists who happen to pass through. The street leading from the train station to the center is full of election posters calling on voters to support the neo-Nazi...