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  • Frank Schiller

    By Jane Ulman

    April 23, 2014 | 1:25 pm

    In October 1941, Frank Schiller, his parents, brother and grandmother were ordered to report to Prague’s Exhibition Hall. There, Frank’s parents spent their days filling out documents while Frank and his brother wandered around. At night, they slept on straw mattresses. To Frank,...

  • Survivors to mark 75th anniversary of Kindertransport

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 2013 | 3:10 pm

    On the evening of Dec. 2, a small group of elderly men and women, some with their children and grandchildren, will gather at a Burbank mall to mark the 75th anniversary of a heartbreaking, yet uplifting, episode of the Nazi era, known as the Kindertransport (in English, Children’s...

  • German trade union leader opposes West Bank boycott

    November 11, 2013 | 10:13 am

    German trade union leader Michael Sommer vowed to stand up to unionists who want to boycott goods made in West Bank Jewish settlements.

    “As long as I am head of this organization, there will never be a resolution that says ‘Don’t buy from Jews,’ ” said Sommer, 61, chair of the...

  • Songs of hope at Auschwitz

    August 14, 2013 | 12:06 pm

    When Judith Schneiderman was 14, she was taken from Hungary and sent to Auschwitz. It seemed that all hope was lost — that is, until she opened her mouth.

    A naturally talented vocalist who was never formally trained, she began to sing, and it probably saved her life. The wife of...

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  • Schindler factory plans up for sale

    August 8, 2013 | 1:40 pm

    A New Hampshire company is auctioning off a set of documents related to Oskar Schindler.

    RR Auction company, which specializes in historic documents, has made the items available for bidding until Aug. 14. Prospective buyers can big on the documents on the company’s website.

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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,...

  • Slovak court moves toward imprisoning war criminal in Hungary

    March 29, 2013 | 7:53 am

    A Slovak court has commuted a death sentence against Laszlo Csatary, a war criminal whom Slovakia wants extradited from Hungary for his complicity in murdering thousands of Jews.

    A Czechoslovakian court in 1948 sentenced Csatary in absentia to death for torturing Jews and helping...

  • Statue honors ‘British Schindler’ Sir Nicholas Winton

    September 20, 2010 | 2:59 pm

    A statue honoring the “British Schindler” was unveiled at a train station in Britain.

    Sir Nicholas Winton, 101, attended the dedication ceremony Saturday at the Maidenhead railway station.

    He smuggled 669 mostly Jewish boys and girls out of Czechoslovakia in 1939.

    The bronze statue shows Winton sitting on a park bench reading a book containing pictures of the children he saved.

  • Propaganda film disguised horrors of Terezin

    October 2, 2008 | 12:44 am

    The film is grainy and in black-and-white. It jumps about, slowing down at odd moments and growing dim occasionally. But it's the people that hold your attention.

    They walk about, wearing fashionable clothes, nodding a stiff hello when they spot a friend. They watch a soccer match,...

  • Documenting Identity

    By Annette Insdorf

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, Oren Rudavsky and Yale Strom co-directed "At the Crossroads: Jews in Eastern Europe Today," a wonderfully poignant and hopeful documentary about a rather complicated subject. It followed Strom, a klezmer musician, speaking Yiddish to elderly Jews in Hungary, Czechoslovakia...

  • Touching the Past

    By Julie G Fax

    June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It was, on the surface, a fairly typical sight: children greeting their grandmother, perhaps their great aunt, with flowers and hugs as she emerged from the plane at LAX. But Hana Gruna's connection to these children was not one of blood, but of a Torah scroll. And the coincidences...