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Si Frumkin

  • Moscow poisonings bring only shrugs and rumors here

    March 15, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The phone rings and it's the media. I get the usual questions: "How does the Russian-speaking community feel about the poisoning in Moscow of Marina Kovalevsky, 49, and her 26-year-old daughter, Yana?"

    The two women, who are Jewish and have contributed to Israeli charities, fell ill...

  • The Protocols Come to L.A.—in Russian

    October 23, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    The "Protocols of the Elders of Zion" have come to Los Angeles. On its 100th anniversary, the vicious, primitive forgery has struck again, this time in a Russian-language tabloid circulated in the heavily Russian Jewish neighborhoods around West Hollywood.

    First published on August...

  • Why I Voted For Arnold

    October 9, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    First a disclaimer: I have never met Arnold Schwarzenegger, have never spoken to him, was never contacted by his political people, no one ever asked me to support him, or offered me money to do so. I supported him because I respect him and because I am convinced that he will be good...

  • A Hero for Seder

    April 17, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I don't remember how long ago it was that Michael visited Los Angeles. Fifteen years? Twenty? I do remember that I was driving him around the city when he said, "Could you stop the car for a moment? I would like to photograph this."

    I was puzzled. "Photograph what?" I asked.

    There...

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  • The Other Soldiers

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • The Other Soldiers

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • Go My People, Go Now!

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The handling of the October hostage crisis in a Moscow theater is only one of the examples of a Russian attitude that is incomprehensible to the average Westerner.

    Unquestionably, the rescue of the 750 or so hostages did prevent a probable blood bath. But Russian security forces...

  • The Russian Club

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    What the Russian Jewish immigrants of Orange County lack in numbers they make up for in passion.

    There are between 3,000-10,000 Russian Jewish immigrants in Orange County -- no one is quite sure of the exact number.

    Most of these newcomers have only a slight connection to the...

  • Honor Thy Butcher

    July 25, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Stalin is our fighting strength, Stalin is our youth.... Singing, struggling and victorious, our people go with Stalin." -- from a popular Soviet song.

    Would you market a Castro sandwich in Miami? Would a Hitler hot dog sell in Israel? How about selling a Ho Chi Minh burger to the...

  • The New Melones Murders

    March 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The New Melones Lake, a reservoir near the city of Modesto, is in a quiet, rural area in central California. The reservoir resembles a river more than a lake as it winds its way among the hills of Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.

    The reservoir is a popular fishing area, but in the...

  • An Insult to Our Soldiers

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A German corporation that used slave labor to produce some of the weapons that killed American soldiers is now building a monument in Washington to honor the Americans who fought and died in World War II.

    How do I know? I was one of those slave laborers. There were 30,000 of us...