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  • 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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  • Film: Too soon to forgive Dr. Mengele?

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Just when the film world seems to have examined the Holocaust from every possible angle, a new film comes along that shakes up our complacency.

    "Forgiving Dr. Mengele" focuses on the story of Eva Kor, one of the so-called "Mengele twins," who along with her sister was subjected to...

  • Theater: ‘Leipzig’ weaves heartfelt Alzheimer’s tale

    By Robert David Jaffee

    November 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Wendy Graf was at the women's group at her synagogue when she discovered that a number of her colleagues were the children of Holocaust survivors. She became fascinated with the repercussions of the tragedy on their lives, but put aside the subject as she wrote "Lessons," a play...
  • Are You There God?  It’s Me, Israel

    By Amy Klein

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The year is 1999, and on the Israeli TV miniseries, "Catching the Sky," Nurit walks into her Tel Aviv kitchen at the crack of dawn to find her husband doing something completely shocking and inexplicable.

    "What are you doing?" Nurit asks him.

    "Praying Shacharit," Roni says, referring...

  • Spectator - When Metal Meets Mettle

    By Emily Pauker

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    Jewelry artist Gail Goldin grew up immersed in Jewish culture and scrap metal, a combination that helped inspire her Modern Myths collection.

    She comes by this unusual convergence of influences through her father, Steven Goldin, a freedom fighter in Poland who helped fellow Jews...

  • Local Writers Recall Times of Tyranny

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 28, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    In a tale rooted in personal experience, Dr. John Menkes explores the themes of loss and recovery in his novel “After the Tempest” (Daniel & Daniel, 2003). A Holocaust survivor, Menkes returned to his hometown of Vienna after the war and found that not only was his family and his...

  • Unlikely Friendship Rises in ‘Wounded’

    By Tom Tugend

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    A chance encounter between a young Palestinian radical and an elderly Holocaust survivor takes an unexpected turn when L.A. Theatre Works presents "Sixteen Wounded" at the Skirball Cultural Center from Jan. 26-30.

    The reading of the five-character play, following last year's...

  • Hungarian Baker Rises to Success

    By Sarah Price Brown

    September 9, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Since Meir Jacobs bought the J&T Bread Bin 34 years ago, the bakery hasn't changed much. Nestled in the center of the Farmers Market at Third and Fairfax, it retains its old-world charm -- the original glass showcases line the store's perimeter, and the original orange "Bread Bin"...

  • Fred Kort

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Fred Kort, Holocaust survivor, philanthropist and founder/CEO of Imperial Toy Corporation, died on Sept. 6. He was 80.

    Over the years, Kort had cultivated a reputation as one of the Jewish Los Angeles's most prominent and impassioned supporters. Like fellow philanthropists such as...

  • Fred Kort

    By Michael Aushenker

    September 11, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Kort, Holocaust survivor, philanthropist and founder/CEO of Imperial Toy Corporation, died on Sept. 6 at the age of 80.

    Kort, like fellow philanthropists Jona Goldrich and Max Webb, survived the Holocaust to become one of Jewish Los Angeles' most prominent and impassioned...

  • Showtime Examines Shoah Diva Doctor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    In Showtime's "Out of the Ashes," a Holocaust survivor steps off a boat at New York Harbor, imperiously hands her battered suitcase to her American niece and embarks on a shoe shopping spree.

    The TV movie is the story of Dr. Gisella Perl (Christine Lahti), the Hungarian...

  • The Other Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    March 6, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    "Do you remember me?" he asked. "I am Semion, the soldier with the camel. In Berlin, at the Brandenburg Gate, remember?"

    I sure did. During the war there were no trucks for his artillery unit, so several dozen camels were shipped in from Soviet Asia to pull the guns. Just two made...

  • Two In Brief

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    On July 18, 1947, Dr. Ruth Gruber stood on a wharf in Haifa and watched the battered ship Exodus inch into the harbor. The ship had been rammed by British warships determined to keep the 4,554 Holocaust survivors aboard from reaching Palestine.

    Previously, Gruber was the only...

  • No Longer Alone

    By Lori Schneide

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Murray Cohen and his wife of 52 years, Lillian, were both Holocaust survivors. Since Lillian's death nine months ago, Murray spends most of his days inside. Without the attention of his daughter Barbara, Murray would hardly eat, shower or speak.

    Murray is a fictional character who...

  • Dark Humor Guides Author

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 18, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    "I despise 'Schindler's List' because it ends on a redemptive note, and I don't see the slightest bit of redemption in the Shoah...There's all this nonsense out there about healing, but I don't want to heal anything. I want to rip open the stitches. I want readers to bleed."

    Don't...

  • Conference Explores Peace Through Education

    By Beverly Gray

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Israeli-Palestinian coexistence and how to achieve it: That was the topic on everybody's lips when the 24th Annual Academic Conference convened at the Century Plaza Hotel last weekend. The panel, sponsored by American Friends of the Hebrew University, was followed by a luncheon...
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