Jewish Journal

  • Lisa and Alan Stern — Preserving Links to a Rich Heritage

    By Rachel Heller

    April 1, 2009 | 7:54 pm

    When Nazi officials confiscated the faded white Torah covering, they stamped the Reichsadler — the emblematic German eagle and swastika — onto the inner fabric. The valuable 1868 piece, stitched in Transylvania, was intended for display in the Central Jewish Museum in Prague,...

  • Eva Klein David — Clandestine Crafts That Saved Lives

    By Rachel Heller

    April 1, 2009 | 7:50 pm

    Working in a factory at the Reichenbach labor camp, Eva Klein David manned a soldering iron, fusing wires together to make parts for radios. The dexterous teenager was good at what she did. That, she believes, is why the Nazi soldiers didn’t kill her when she began fainting at work...

  • The Rev. John Neiman — Honoring Anne Frank’s Memory

    By Rachel Heller

    April 1, 2009 | 7:42 pm

    As a fifth-grade student, the Rev. John Neiman couldn’t fully grasp the significance of Anne Frank and her diary. It took a second reading and repeated trips to the library a few years later for him to form a bond with the text that would change the course of his life.


  • Rachel Arazi — What They Wore

    By Rachel Heller

    April 1, 2009 | 7:24 pm

    Rachel Arazi gathers the blouse in her hands and brings it to her face.

    “I wonder if it’s still possible to smell my grandmother’s scent,” she muses.

    Arazi has never washed the aged cotton blouse, even though stains discolor the ruffled yoke. Still clinging to the lace...

  • Donald and Robert Novack Reviving a Composer’s Lost Legacy

    By Rachel Heller

    April 1, 2009 | 4:49 pm

    The Chosal Farm seemed like a safe place to Boris Zeltzman — it was located in Vichy, France, and owned by a Christian family. In 1941, he took two ammunition boxes, and, in secret, buried more than 3,000 manuscripts penned by Russian cantor and composer David Nowakowsky.