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Yiddish, the language of Jewish grandmothers — and, increasingly, great-grandmothers — suffered through a particularly unkind 20th century. But if Robert Adler Peckerar has his way, it will be making a comeback in the 21st, thanks in part to something called the Helix Project....
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In Austria and Poland recently, I couldn’t seem to get away from students, scholars and just plain interested folks who were taking or teaching summer programs in Jewish studies.
I myself spoke at a three-day “summer academy” in Vienna where more than 100 members of the general...
May 26, 2010 | 12:56 pm
Leading U.S. lawmakers called on formerly communist European nations to advance Holocaust-era property reclamation processes.
The call comes a year after the Prague Conference on Holocaust Era Assets, which declared that “every effort be made to rectify the consequences of wrongful...
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November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pmS. Chic Wolk
For S. Chic Wolk, studying at the month-long Summer Program in Yiddish in 1988, then held in Oxford, England, was "a rewarding but expensive" experience.
The Los Angeles resident, who had been raised by Yiddish-speaking immigrant parents in Chicago, was gratified to...
November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pmIn May, Ukrainian workers laying a gas pipe in a southern village dug into a buried chamber of thousands of Jews killed during the Holocaust.
That same month, a construction crew building a new office complex in western Ukraine burrowed into the corpses of several dozen more Jews....
November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm
"They Called Me Mayer July: Painted Memories of a Jewish Childhood in Poland Before the Holocaust" by Mayer Kirshenblatt and Barbara Kirshenblatt-Gimblett (University of California Press, $39.95).
Mayer Kirshenblatt was born in 1916 in the Polish town of Apt. In 1934, when he was...
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April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pmThere was something haunting about taking the train. The aged boxcars on a parallel track seemed frozen in time. I quieted my thoughts. After all, the train was a necessary evil. This bitter irony was not lost on me as the train sped from Munich to Dachau on probably the very same...
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