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  • A Jew who fought the Nazis

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    September 16, 2010 | 12:35 pm

    “Amidah,” as the term is used by historian Yehuda Bauer, refers to any act by which Jews “stood up” to Nazi persecution.  By that definition, smuggling food or conducting a Torah class in the confines of a ghetto were acts of resistance. But some resisters actually picked up...

  • Boy proves key in getting grandparents into U.S.

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:28 am

    Tears ran down my face as my grandmother told an interviewer in Persian the story of her miraculous escape from Iran 25 years ago.

    I had heard portions of her story many times before, but this time, I was serving as her translator for an on-camera interview, and for the first time,...

  • Terrifying journey marks escape of widow and children

    By Karmel Melamed

    September 4, 2008 | 2:03 am

    "When I think of the frightening journey I had to take to illegally flee Iran, chills still run down my spine," said Fahrokh Askari, a 60-something Iranian Jewish grandmother now living in Tarzana.

    Her escape from Iran by foot and van through the deserts and mountains into Pakistan...

  • Books: Part history, part mystery—the passengers of the S. S. St. Louis

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    "Refuge Denied: The St. Louis Passengers and the Holocaust" by Sarah A. Ogilvie and Scott Miller (University of Wisconsin Press, 2006).

    Sarah Ogilvie and Scott Miller set a difficult task for themselves. Writing their book was easy. So, too, was researching what happened on the...
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  • Recent releases: Forget escape—these films tugs at the conscience

    By Stephen Farber

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    While Hollywood has always concentrated on escapist entertainment, many filmmakers yearn to go against the grain and make movies that address urgent social and political issues. They have to fight the industry's perennial fear of alienating audiences with stories that hit too close...
  • Spectator - A ‘Return’ With Echoes

    By Robert D. Jaffee

    May 18, 2006 | 8:00 pm

    Sonia Levitin's musical, "The Return," based on her novel of that name, revolves around Operation Moses, the mid-1980s airlift that brought most of Ethiopia's Falasha Jews to Israel. But in many ways, this tale of escape echoes the Holocaust in its descriptions of prejudice and...

  • Spectator - Lessing’s Shots of Liberty

    By Gaby Friedman

    September 22, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Erich Lessing received his first camera when he exited the synagogue from his bar mitzvah in Vienna in 1936.

    "There was no idea of taking up photography as a profession," said Lessing, 82, from his house in Austria. "In a good Jewish family in Vienna you would only be a lawyer or a...

  • Divine Protection

    By Rabbi Haim Ovadia

    January 13, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    As the train pulled into the Iraqi border police station, the lanky Jewish boy at the window became more and more nervous. The bulging

    package under his robes felt heavy like lead. As the train came to a full stop and the passengers were ordered to line up on the platform, he...

  • Death Camp Uprising

    By Alan Riding

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the history of the Holocaust, the Sobibor death camp in Eastern Poland has remained something of a footnote, a place where 260,000 Jews were murdered, as opposed to at least 1.1 million in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Having operated for just 18 months and closed long before the Allied...

  • Lighten Up

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    March 8, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    With the demise of the former Soviet Union and the fall of communism in the early '90s, the story of Soviet Jewry's battle for survival appears to be ancient history. Yet one of the truly remarkable books of our time is the autobiography of one of the famous refuseniks, Yosef...