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  • Survivor: Barry Weintraub

    By Jane Ulman

    1 week ago

    "Get out of the house. Go.” 

    Just 19, Barry Weintraub — then Ben Zion or Benchi — didn’t understand why his parents were sending him away. The family had been living and working in a forest in northwest Russia, having escaped from Poland in 1940. “Don’t ask any questions. Just...

  • Survivor: Miriam Bell

    By Jane Ulman

    3 weeks ago

    As the candles glowed, Miriam Bell (née Galperin), her parents and six siblings were singing and welcoming the Sabbath into their comfortable home in Kovno (Kaunas), Lithuania. Then gunshots were fired, and screaming erupted. The family ran outside to see Nazi soldiers, who had...

  • Who is a Holocaust survivor — and does it matter?

    August 21, 2014 | 12:54 pm

    When she was arrested earlier this week during a peaceful St. Louis demonstration against police actions in Ferguson, Mo., Hedy Epstein grabbed national attention.

    That was partly because, as a 90-year-old white woman, Epstein was not the typical advocate for a young unarmed...

  • From Israel, a Holocaust survivor worries about her Gazan daughter

    July 29, 2014 | 11:14 am

    In her living room in the Israeli town of Ramle, Sarah says she wants a peaceful life. At 79, she deserves one.

    A Hungarian-born Holocaust survivor, Sarah was sent to a Nazi concentration camp in Serbia as a child, arriving in Israel at age 17. Her entire family perished in the...

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  • At 110, holocaust survivor finds sustenance in music

    By Tom Tugend

    February 7, 2014 | 10:34 am

    During her lifespan of 110 years, Alice Herz-Sommer has been an accomplished concert pianist, teacher, prisoner in Theresienstadt, wife and mother, and now she is the star of an Oscar-nominated documentary.

    Even more remarkable has been her indomitable optimism, cheerfulness and...

  • 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...

  • Scars of Israel’s ‘Numbered’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2013 | 2:19 pm

    In “Numbered,” the new documentary by Dana Doron and Uriel Sinai, a journalist and Holocaust survivor named Ruth Bondy describes how in the early days of the Jewish state, sabras condescendingly stared at the serialized number the Nazis had tattooed on her forearm at Auschwitz.

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  • 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...

  • Abe Rosenstein

    By Jane Ulman

    March 13, 2013 | 9:01 am

    "Abe, go. You’re young. You’re not afraid to work.” Bronia Rosenstein, Abe’s older sister, urged him to answer a call for strong, healthy men to work outside the Lodz ghetto. It was November 1940. Abe was 21 and for nine months he had been living in one small room with his parents,...

  • Leon Leyson, Schindler survivor, 83

    January 16, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    Leon Leyson, the youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler and his famous list during the Holocaust, died Jan. 12 in Whittier, following a four-year struggle with lymphoma. He was 83.

    Called “Little Leyson” by the German industrialist who saved him and 1,100 other Jews, Leyson...

  • Elie Wiesel on Oprah Dec. 9: Sneak peak Q & A [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 8, 2012 | 11:02 am

    Eight years ago, Holocaust survivor and author Eli Wiesel took Oprah Winfrey on a tour of Auschwitz, which she has described as a life-altering experience.  On Sunday, Dec. 9, Wiesel will again speak with Oprah, this time on a "Super Soul Sunday" episode (set to air on OWN – the...
  • Jane Fonda to host Holocaust event on sexual violence

    October 22, 2012 | 4:36 pm

    Jane Fonda will host an event in Los Angeles focusing on sexual violence during the Holocaust.

    More than 200 people are expected for the invitation-only event on Nov. 8 at the Ray Kurtzman Theater. The event is sponsored by the USC Shoah Foundation and Remember the Women...

  • Regina Hirsch

    By Jane Ulman

    September 12, 2012 | 10:20 am

    “Leave your possessions. We will bring them to you,” a Jewish commando greeted the trainload of Jews arriving at Auschwitz. He pointed to Regina Landowicz’s mother: “Too old.” And to her sister Lillie: “Too young.” Sally, another sister, took scissors from her rucksack and quickly...

  • Survivor: Sonja Telias

    By Jane Ulman

    July 18, 2012 | 3:58 pm

    From the upstairs bedroom she shared with four girls, Sonja Blits heard the soldiers marching through the quiet village of Zaandijk, outside Amsterdam, where she was being hidden by a generous Dutch family. “Remember, stay below the windowsill,” Moe Haidel, the other girls’ mother,...

  • Dog ‘Guru’ Justin Silver puts owners on tight leash [SLIDE SHOW]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 5, 2012 | 10:14 am

    When it comes to canines going to the dogs, trainer Justin Silver has seen it all: the pooch whose owner treated it like a baby, complete with diaper changes; the bulldog named Beefy who refused to take a walk unless he was schlepped down the street on a skateboard; the modeling...

  • Gitta Seidner Ginsberg

    By Jane Ulman

    June 6, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Gitta Seidner—known at the time by the Christian name Jannine Spinette—was abruptly awakened around 4:30 a.m. by a large commotion outside her farmhouse bedroom in Waterloo, Belgium. “No, no, no. What do you want with my goddaughter?” she heard her godmother, Alice Spinette, say....

  • Holocaust Survivors Foundation prez: ‘Obama policies hurting survivors’

    By Brad A. Greenberg

    April 23, 2012 | 6:20 am

    Thought-provoking letter to the editor from David Schaecter, the president of the Holocaust Survivors Foundation USA, who claims that President Obama, despite supportive words to the contrary, has been hurting Holocaust survivors with his administration’s policies. At JTA:

    Contrary...

  • Julia Moshe

    By Jane Ulman

    April 11, 2012 | 11:38 am

    In early October 1943, a day or two after Rosh Hashanah, Julia Moshe — née Costi — was walking to her bookkeeping job at the Atlas Watch Co. in Volos, Greece, when she heard footsteps behind her. “Mademoiselle, don’t turn around your head,” a male voice warned. “Yesterday SS...

  • March of the Living Honors Survivors, Prepares Next Generation to Carry Torch

    By Ryan Torok

    April 4, 2012 | 11:58 am

    “I’m a simple man … [and] life is very simple,” Max Webb said. “Only problem we have is people make it complicated.”

    Webb, a home builder and philanthropist, addressed approximately 500 people as he accepted the Eternal Flame Award during March of the Living’s Tribute...

  • Surivor: Greti Herman

    By Jane Ulman

    January 18, 2012 | 5:11 pm

    In the pounding rain, lined up five abreast, Greti Herman — then Margit Berger — and her parents were marched from Hungary’s Csillaghegy Ghetto to the nearby train station. As they walked, her mother motioned for her and her father to remove five of the six threads that attached...

  • Let there never be a need for another Yad Vashem

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 29, 2011 | 2:31 pm

    Yesterday was the day I had been dreading.  Every time I checked my itinerary: Friday, 8:45. Yad Vashem, Israel’s Holocaust museum.  I didn’t want to go.  I really really didn’t want to go and I desperately needed to go all at once.  I was a swirl of nervous anxiety walking up...

  • Declaring a place to call home

    By Lauren Bottner

    October 25, 2011 | 5:11 pm

    “Up until 1948, the Jewish nation had no one at the other end of the 911 call, we were a nation without a home.” So explained the guide at the Israel Independence Museum in Tel Aviv as he described the situation of Holocaust survivors post-WWII.  “How do you know the war is over?...

  • Sam Worthington on Playing a Holocaust Survivor and Mossad Agent in “The Debt” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 30, 2011 | 11:57 pm

    When Sam Worthington (“Avatar,” “Terminator Salvation”) walks into an interview at the Four Seasons Hotel, he looks nothing like the tormented Holocaust survivor and Mossad agent he plays so soulfully in the spy thriller “The Debt,” opening Aug. 31. His short-cropped hair...

  • Jessica Chastain and John Madden on “The Debt”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 23, 2011 | 6:33 pm

    As Jessica Chastain was preparing for her role in the Mossad thriller “The Debt,” her voluminous research led her to the story of a survivor who witnessed the destruction of her entire family in the Holocaust. “It was a woman’s memory of something she had seen as a young...

  • Kristin Scott Thomas on “Sarah’s Key:” “I Don’t See It As a ‘Holocaust’ Film” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    Kristin Scott Thomas conjures images of the quintessentially British thespian, having portraying upper crust or reserved characters in films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The English Patient,” for which she received a 1997 Oscar nomination.  In previous newspaper...

  • So long, Eva

    By David Suissa

    January 5, 2011 | 2:30 pm

    It’s not easy to handle death. It’s so naked and finite. No matter how much we talk about the spiritual journey to the next world, about legacies that never die, about a life well lived, there’s really no consolation for the pain of missing someone — really, really missing...

  • Kurt Frankfurter, Holocaust survivor dies at 90

    January 5, 2011 | 9:34 am

    Holocaust survivor Kurt Frankfurter died on Christmas Eve at 90, 17 years to the day after his wife, Giselle, died in New York.

    Starting in Auschwitz, Frankfurter’s survival is a heroic story that has been retold in interviews with Steven Spielberg and others. His first wife,...

  • Holocaust survivor keeps memories alive

    By Ryan Torok

    December 22, 2010 | 9:24 pm

    For the sake of his career, Jack Voorzanger worked to leave the horrors he endured during the Holocaust behind, but through his volunteer work at the Simon Wiesenthal Center, he has demonstrated his commitment to “never forgetting.” He spends 15 hours each week digitizing the...

  • Gerda Weissman Klein, Holocaust survivor, receives Freedom Medal

    November 18, 2010 | 11:27 am

    A Holocaust survivor who teaches children the value of citizenship is among those who will be honored by President Obama with a Medal of Freedom.

    Gerda Weissman Klein, who survived the notorious death march at the end of the war designed by Nazis to keep Jews from being rescued,...

  • Webcasts: Greek Jewish Holocaust Survivor speaks out

    By Karmel Melamed

    July 30, 2010 | 2:47 am

    During my visit to the Yad Vashem Holocaust Musuem in Jerusalem on July 28, 2010, I met Jackie Handaly, one of the few Sephardic survivors of the Holocaust who miraculously survived the Nazi death camp of Auschwitz and other concentration camps during World War II. Handaly was one of...

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