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  • 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...

  • Survivors’ stories create fabric of Shoah quilt

    By Rachel Heller

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Twelve months after her concentration camp was liberated, Ann Spicer, newly married, was leaving Germany for good. It was May 21, 1946. Her husband's little brother was the first to board the train in Stuttgart that would take the makeshift family to the first ship out of Hamburg...
  • Briefs: UCLA’s Friedlander awarded Pulitzer Prize, Rabbi Weil to head O.U.

    April 10, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Friedlander Awarded Pulitzer

    UCLA historian Saul Friedlander, a child Holocaust survivor, has been awarded a 2008 Pulitzer Prize for his definitive account of "The Years of Extermination: Nazi Germany and the Jews, 1939-1945."

    The $10,000 award in the general nonfiction book...

  • Congressman Tom Lantos left behind human rights legacy

    By Ron Kampeas

    February 14, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    The flags dipped at half-staff over the Capitol, the warm remembrances flooded e-mail inboxes, the "Have you heard?" phone calls took a solemn tone.

    U.S. Rep. Tom Lantos (D-San Mateo) earned all these tributes. He died Monday of esophageal cancer at the age of 80.

    The mourning was...

  • These are the faces of the fighters, the survivors

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    S. Chic Wolk s. 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...

  • Holocaust remembrance—Exodus redux

    By Julie G Fax

    November 8, 2007 | 7:00 pm

    Sitting by an open screen door, Tante Surcha switches off the television when I walk in. I lean into her recliner to kiss her cheek, and ask how she is feeling after her hip surgery. She gives a shrug and an OK, and eyes the notebook and digital voice recorder I've just pulled from...
  • 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...

  • ‘They killed us like termites’

    By David Suissa

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    When the girl was two years old, she became so sick with pneumonia that the doctors told her mother there was nothing more they could do, to just take her home.

    Her father, a rabbi, arranged a minyan of 10 men to say special blessings. She lived.

    At one point in her young life, she...

  • Briefs: Olmert tells OU Jerusalem not negotiable; Temple Mount digging may cause problems

    October 18, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Olmert to OU: Jerusalem Not On Table

    Prime Minister Ehud Olmert promised Orthodox Jewish leaders that Jerusalem is not up for discussion in forthcoming negotiations with the Palestinians.

    In response to a letter from the Orthodox Union (OU) insisting that Olmert not cede portions of...

  • Rep. Lantos' call for sanctions <i>and</i> diplomacy puzzles L.A. Iranians

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 4, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tom Lantos, chair of the House Foreign Relations Committee, made headlines last April when he reiterated his desire to travel to Iran for informal talks with Iranian officials. And yet one month later the Democratic congressman from San Mateo introduced a tough Iran divestment bill...
  • Briefs: Delshad to Beverly Hills: Just say 'no' to investment in Iran; Survivors still fighting Germany for reparations

    July 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Delshad Plans Iran Divestment for Beverly Hills

    Beverly Hills Mayor Jimmy Delshad announced plans last Friday to introduce a city measure later this month that will require city employee pension funds to divest several million dollars in investments with companies doing business with...

  • Permanent home planned for Holocaust Museum

    By Tom Tugend

    July 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 50 years after a group of survivors first conceived the project, the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMH) has cleared the last legal hurdle to build a permanent home. In late June, the Los Angeles City Council unanimously approved a 50-year lease on a plot of land in...
  • 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...
  • Survivors blast Holocaust Museum over archive access restrictions

    By Edwin Black

    May 17, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Holocaust survivors are venting their anger at the United States Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington over its decision not to allow immediate electronic access to the long-secret records of the International Tracing Service at Bad Arolsen, Germany.

    Many survivors and members of...
  • The tragic irony of a hero in Virginia

    By Samantha Simons

    May 3, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Irony. In a book or a movie, it's the writer's way of giving the observer a slap in the face. People attempt to expect the unexpected, but when it actually happens no one is prepared.

    When irony happens in real life it is usually so imaginative, not even the greatest of writers...
  • Liviu Librescu z’‘l

    By Steve Greenberg

    April 26, 2007 | 8:00 pm

  • L.A. Shoah remembrance dedicated to young victims

    By Jay Firestone

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    This year's Yom HaShoah Ve'Hagvurah Community Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day program, "Children in Crisis: Voices from the Holocaust" paid special homage to the many defenseless and innocent children killed by the Nazis. Approximately 3,500 people gathered in Pan Pacific Park on...
  • Berserkers

    By Rob Eshman

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Many years ago, as a freelance writer, I ghost wrote a book about serial killers and mass murderers. I threw myself into the research: one chapter per serial killer, a dozen chapters in all; one sick, depraved, horrific story after another. The men who committed these crimes had a...
  • Crossroads School thanks its courageous music man

    By Robert David Jaffee

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Crossroads School in Santa Monica might not be where one would expect to find the archived works of a celebrated composer who survived Dachau and Buchenwald, especially when one considers that the Vienna-born Herbert Zipper worked as an educator at a variety of institutions of...
  • ‘Rebel With a Cause’

    By Tom Teicholz

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Andrew Stevens, a longtime Beverly Hills resident, successful businessman, active philanthropist and Hungarian Holocaust survivor, is hard to resist. He's in his late 70s but looks 15 years younger -- not because of his hair, which is darker than nature permits, but because of his...
  • Pledge to survivors—we will carry the torch

    By Menachem Z. Rosensaft

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Growing up, we whose parents had emerged out of the Shoah believed that they were indestructible. After all, they overcame the German efforts to murder them, survived ghettos and death camps, and rebuilt their lives after the war. They also had a special appreciation and zest for...
  • Theater: ‘Brother Theodore’ back from the dead

    By Robert David Jaffee

    March 29, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Brother Theodore was born Theodore Gottlieb, a well-to-do Jewish German publishing scion whose family was wiped out in the Holocaust. Gottlieb survived Dachau and tried to transmute his pain into a one-man show that gained a cult following. His moniker derived from his ubiquitous...
  • Social Justice gets new address on Pico

    By Amy Klein

    December 14, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Max Webb was interned at 18 different concentration camps during the Holocaust, he made a promise.

    "If he survived, he would make sure he would contribute to the advancement of the Jewish people and Judaism in any way he could," said his grandson, Greg Podell, the director of...

  • Broke but hopeful, one survivor says it’s ‘better than Auschwitz’

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, Walter Essinger did not attend any community vigils or synagogue commemoration services. Instead, the 73-year-old survivor spent that day, April 26, being interrogated by Ventura County detectives. He was then arrested, handcuffed and...
  • Many aging Shoah survivors are living a new nightmare

    By Marc Ballon

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Sammy Moscovitz sits alone in his drab one-room Los Angeles apartment watching cable TV and wondering how he ended up like this.

    Like the frayed sweatshirt he wears, the 75-year-old Holocaust survivor looks tired and a bit rundown. He owns a bed, a dresser, a television, some...

  • Olga Bitterman’s story: Survivors helping survivors

    By Sarah Price Brown

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    When Olga Bitterman, an 83-year-old Holocaust survivor, found out that another survivor needed help, she knew what to do. For a year, Bitterman left money in the other survivor's mailbox without leaving a trace of its origins.

    Only later, after watching for the anonymous donor, did...

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