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  • Survivor, storyteller, celebrity, sage: Elie Wiesel at 85

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    September 24, 2013 | 2:36 pm

    When talking about Elie Wiesel, who turns 85 on Sept. 30, it is far too easy to fall into a list of superlatives. 

    As a child who survived Auschwitz and other concentration camps, Wiesel witnessed more death and more horrors than most human beings ever will. A onetime journalist...

  • Russia giving up to $1 million to Auschwitz conservation fund

    August 14, 2013 | 9:22 am

    Russia will contribute up to $1 million to the Auschwitz-Birkenau Foundation for the conservation and maintenance of the site of the former Nazi concentration camp.

    Russia’s pledge was reported Tuesday by the Polskie Radio website, which cited a statement issued by the Russian...

  • Survivor: Joseph Davis

    By Jane Ulman

    July 10, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    For three days and three nights, Joseph Davis — then Joseph Davidovich — rode in the crammed cattle car with his parents and six of his eight siblings. “We didn’t know where we were going,” he said. Finally the train pulled up to the Auschwitz platform. As the Jews were pushed from...

  • A Turkish Muslim perspective on Yom HaShoah

    April 8, 2013 | 5:58 am

    When people of reason and conscience look back on the subject of Shoah (otherwise known as the Holocaust) today, it is common to hear questions like: "How could a nation of philosophers, composers of classical music, technology, poets, in this seat of the Enlightenment itself,...

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  • Meeting Louis Sneh

    By Rob Eshman

    April 4, 2013 | 5:44 am

    Many years ago, when I was a young, harried father, I would sit in synagogue on Shabbat mornings and try to keep my kids quiet. It was a task I consistently failed at. Their mother, the rabbi, was on the bimah, leading services.  She had the easy job.

    Once, I was jiggling my...

  • Survivor initiative to thrive on common cents

    April 3, 2013 | 2:30 pm

    Sixty-eight years after being liberated from the horrors of the Holocaust, many aging survivors are living another nightmare — poverty without hope.

    “Every single one of them came to this country destitute, with zero resources, and had to start from the beginning,” Stephen D....

  • What happened at Belzec

    April 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    In the summer of 1993, my father and I visited the site of the extermination camp of Belzec in eastern Poland, where my grandparents were among half a million Jews murdered by the Nazis in 1942.

    That visit would change my life. 

    I was working on a book about my father’s...

  • Holocaust survivor: Gloria Ungar

    By Jane Ulman

    March 28, 2013 | 8:11 am

    "Sorry, children. I’m not going to jeopardize my life for your father’s money.” The Christian forester smuggling three Jewish children across the border from Poland to Slovakia had stopped abruptly, wished them luck and told them to keep walking. But Gloria Ungar — then Gitta Nagel...

  • Survivor: Alex Friedman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2012 | 3:13 pm

    The train arrived at Dachau one morning in late November 1944. As the doors opened, German soldiers wielding big sticks yelled, “Raus, raus” (“Out, out”). Alex Friedman and the other Jewish prisoners exited, were marched toward the camp and, outside in the snow and cold, ordered to...

  • Amazon.com drops jigsaw puzzle of Nazi camp Dachau

    October 2, 2012 | 9:32 am

    The American online retailer Amazon.com has stopped selling a jigsaw puzzle featuring the Dachau Nazi concentration camp following complaints.

    The puzzle has 252 parts that together form a picture of the camp. Before it was taken offline Oct. 1, the product description said  the...

  • Estonian newspaper runs fake weight loss ad using photo of Nazi victims

    September 10, 2012 | 9:16 am

    An Estonian weekly newspaper ran a mock ad for weight loss pills using a photo of prisoners at a Nazi concentration camp.

    The fake ad appeared in the humor section of the Eesti Ekspress, according to reports.

    It was designed to mock a recent ad for an Estonian gas company that...

  • Seeking Artifacts and Inspiration, Director of Memorialized Austrian Concentration Camp Visits L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 30, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Like many memorialized Nazi concentration camps across Europe, Mauthausen, the largest such camp in Austria, is in the process of being renovated for a new generation of visitors. First opened to the public in 1970, the exhibition at the camp, which attracted 200,000 visitors each...

  • Postcards From Hell: Nazi-era documents shed light on fate of families

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2011 | 7:33 pm

    After arriving by cattle car at Auschwitz, many Jews were handed postcards, with the uniform message thoughtfully prepared by the Nazis.

    “Things are going well and we are enjoying ourselves,” the prisoner wrote. They added their signatures and the addresses of relatives still in...

  • Tour fee at Sachsenhausen memorial gets support

    June 29, 2011 | 11:46 am

    A decision by the Sachsenhausen concentration camp memorial to levy a fee on commercial tour guides has received strong support from Jewish leaders and survivor representatives, contrary to initial reports.

    Sachsenhausen reportedly is the first memorial in Germany to impose a fee....

  • Prosecutors appeal Demjanjuk’s release from jail

    May 16, 2011 | 10:29 am

    Munich state prosecutors appealed a district court’s decision to release convicted Nazi war criminal John Demjanjuk from prison pending his appeal.

    Monday’s appeal of Demjanjuk’s release, following his conviction on war crimes on May 12, also appealed the five-year sentence handed...

  • Austria to renovate Mauthausen

    March 30, 2011 | 1:17 pm

    Austria will renovate the site of the Mauthausen concentration camp in a $2.4 million restoration project.

    The two-year project will include creating a hall of names in memory of the camp’s victims, a new display about the Holocaust and upgrading the permanent exhibition, according...

  • 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...

  • Demjanjuk arrives in Germany

    By JewishJournal.com

    May 12, 2009 | 12:41 pm

    John Demjanjuk must be put on trial “as quickly as possible,” a German Jewish leader said.

    Demjanjuk, 89, arrived Tuesday in Germany to stand trial for war crimes committed during World War II. His trial is likely to be one of the last such cases stemming from the Nazi era.

    ...
  • The plot to kill Hitler becomes a Tom Cruise thriller

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2008 | 3:19 am

    "Valkyrie" is a historical thriller of considerable merit that mines the seemingly inexhaustible supply of movie plots rooted in Hitler's reign and World War II.

    Directed by Bryan Singer and loaded with Tom Cruise's star power, as well as exploding ammunition, the film reconstructs...

  • In ‘Adam Resurrected,’ Jeff Goldblum reanimates controversial Shoah survivor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 2008 | 3:57 am

    In order to play the lead in "Adam Resurrected," Jeff Goldblum said he spent "months crying and crawling around on all fours."

    In the movie -- which makes its Los Angeles premiere at the AFI Film Festival and is adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's controversial 1969 novel -- Goldblum...

  • Crooks aid Nazi cash plot in Austria’s Oscar hopeful

    By Tom Tugend

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Austria's "Counterfeiters," one of five foreign-language films vying for Oscar honors, probes the moral dilemmas facing a special group of Jewish concentration camp inmates in one of the more remarkable episodes of World War II.

    In 1943, as the Nazis realize that the war is going...

  • Films: Romantic triangle survives in the midst of hell

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    "I'm a very special Holocaust survivor," Jack Polak says. "I was in the camps with my wife and my girlfriend, and, believe me, it wasn't easy."

    This may sound like a line from the new genre of Holocaust films with humor, but Polak (who is Jacob on his birth certificate, Jack in...

  • Elmau & Dachau: A Muslim’s Testimony

    By Mehnaz M. Afridi

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Barbed wire, loaded with death
    is drawn around our world.
    Above a sky without mercy
    sends frost and sunburn.
    Far from us are all joys,
    far away our home, far away our wives,
    when we march to work in silence
    thousands of us at the break of day.
    But we have learned the motto of Dachau...
  • 1+1+1+1 ... = 6 million

    By Nicole Behnam

    May 31, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    I will never really know what the Holocaust was, and neither will you. Words like hunger and fatigue are euphemisms for words that would have been born into our language if more survivors lived to tell stories of their intolerable suffering.

    No, the mounds of shoes or teeth or...
  • Fading Numbers

    By Adam J. Deutsch

    April 6, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    "Zayde, what are those faded numbers on your arm?"

    Without completely understanding, I quickly realized that I had revived painful memories of Auschwitz as tears slowly ran down my grandfather's cheek. Little did I know, back when I was 6 years old, that my grandfather's ability to...

  • L.A. Shoah Survivor, Liberator to Reunite

    By Tom Tugend

    July 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    After 60 years and 10 days, Samuel Goetz finally found the GI who liberated him on May 6, 1945.

    On that sunny spring day in Austria, Goetz was a 16-year-old survivor of three Nazi camps, weighing less than 80 pounds. Robert Persinger, a Midwest farm boy, was a 21-year- old sergeant...

  • Learn to Remember

    By Julie G Fax

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Skip Aldrich signals a student to turn down the lights and flips on the projector. An image of a gaunt concentration camp inmate hunched over a workbench evokes a collective gasp from the 10th-grade world history class at John C. Fremont High School in South Los Angeles....

  • Homecoming From Hell

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    One day during his junior year abroad in Vienna in 1978, Jon Marans told a professor of his intention to visit the concentration camp Dachau. Her response stunned him. "She said, 'Why do you want to go there for? It's just a bunch of dead Jews,'" recalled the Pulitzer-nominated...

  • New Aspects of Anne

    By Tom Tugend

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Let's say it right up front: The four-hour television miniseries "Anne Frank" is the most powerful film on the Holocaust in recent memory, not excepting the fabled "Schindler's List."

    The conclusion comes as a surprise, not least to this reviewer. Who would have thought that a...

  • Inspired Performance

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    When Natasha Richardson starred in Paul Schrader's 1988 biopic, "Patty Hearst," she drew inspiration from a Holocaust-themed tome plucked off a shelf in her father's Los Angeles home. The book was "If This Is a Man," Primo Levi's account of his time in Auschwitz, and in its pages...

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