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  • Ghosts of Communism

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    May 1, 2013 | 11:25 am

    Two weeks ago, my wife, Ann, and I completed our first trip to the Czech Republic, Slovakia and Hungary. Everywhere we went, our local guides proudly pointed out the progress that has been made since the fall of communism, and we could readily see for ourselves the affluence,...

  • Long live the Reds? The unlucky legacy of the Hollywood blacklist

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 8, 2012 | 12:25 pm

    Too often these days we hear the tireless phrase “They just don’t make ’em like they used to” when it comes to the movies.

    Film historian David Spaner blames the blacklist.

    In his new book, “Shoot It! Hollywood Inc. and the Rising of Independent Film,” Spaner makes the case...

  • Soviet Dentists and My Anxiety…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 13, 2011 | 9:46 pm

    Is it just me or do other people have a huge phobia of Dentists?  I don’t know why I have such a fear of them, but I do know that I’d rather have another baby than go to the Dentist.  Actually, now that I think about it, I would even prefer a colonoscopy to having someone put...

  • Oh Sarah Palin, what nonsense fell out of your mouth now…

    By Julia Bendis

    June 7, 2011 | 10:10 am

    Before I start, I’d just like to acknowledge that apparently, or should I say allegedly Sarah Palin’s knowledge of American history came from her misguided ten-year-old daughter.  That or she was raised by wolves in the forest.  That is the only explanation that I could find to her...

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  • Documents showing Lenin had Jewish roots on display

    May 25, 2011 | 1:39 pm

    Documents showing that Soviet Communist leader Vladimir Lenin had a Jewish heritage are on display in Moscow.

    The documents include a letter written by Lenin’s oldest sister saying that their maternal grandfather was a Ukrainian Jew who converted to Christianity in order to gain...

  • Joys of growing up in Communist Soviet Union, and other tales of my Family.

    By Julia Bendis

    February 16, 2011 | 9:39 am

    -While my husband, growing up in Ohio got to go on potato chip factory field trips, my brother and I got to go on Concentration Camp field trips.  Look up Salaspils in Latvia.

    -When most kids got to play with Barbies, toy trucks and teddy bears, I got to play with syringes, which my...

  • I speak Latin, therefore I speak English

    By Julia Bendis

    January 26, 2011 | 10:56 am

    Seeing an older lady at the grocery store today reminded me of my own Grandmother.  She came to the U.S. a few years after we did.  At 70 years old, she was eager to learn the culture, to try everything new, and to live the American dream.  My Grandmother had lived through the...

  • Not a Ralphs fan in the least

    By Julia Bendis

    December 27, 2010 | 12:09 pm

    Being a wife, a mother and a woman in general, you find yourself at a grocery store quite a bit.  I also find myself quite a bit pissed off when I am there.  I really thought that America was all about business, and customer service, and giving really good customer service.  I guess...

  • Q & A With András Simony

    By David Finnigan

    February 26, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    András Simonyi, Hungary's ambassador to the United States, made his first visit to the Museum of Tolerance Feb. 11 to plan a spring memorial marking this year's 60th anniversary of the Nazi deportation of Hungarian Jews in 1944.

    A trim man who speaks in the short but thoughtful...

  • Follow the ‘Fellow’

    By Charles Markowitz

    September 12, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    John Herman Shaner's play, "Fellow Traveler," starring Harold Gould, opens at the Malibu Stage Company on Sept. 13. A work rooted in issues of both politics and Judaism, it examines the agonizing legacy of communism as experienced by a Jewish TV writer in Hollywood, who is trying to...

  • The ‘Last Man’ Standing

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 7, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Harry Ralston admits the scruffy Jewish intellectual in his neurotic comedy, "The Last Man," opening today in Los Angeles, is "the ultimate worst version of myself."

    After an apocalypse, Alan Gould (David Arnott) thinks he's the last guy on earth, so he's making a video "bible" for...

  • A Jewish Revival

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For European leaders, the recent inauguration of three Jewish schools in Central Europe symbolizes far more than a Jewish revival.

    They also reflect hopes for a return to normalcy in the heart of Europe more than 50 years after the Holocaust -- and 10 years after the fall of...

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