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  • Holland reverses decision to cut survivor’s pension over West Bank residence

    May 12, 2015 | 12:57 pm

    Following a protest by a Holocaust survivors’ group in Israel, the Dutch government reversed its decision to cut pension payments to a 90-year-old woman because she moved to a West Bank settlement.

    The reversal was announced Monday in a letter sent by Caspar Veldkamp, the...

  • A memorable march

    March 11, 2015 | 10:14 am

    Some 70 years ago, my now-89-year-old grandfather, Andrew Gardner, marched.  He marched, by force, in death marches, alongside so many who eventually perished at the hands of the Nazis.  This week, my grandfather marched through the vast Walter E. Washington Convention Center...

  • Funding for survivor services sees a big jump in 2015

    By Ryan Torok

    January 29, 2015 | 2:47 pm

    The Conference on Jewish Material Claims against Germany — also known as the Claims Conference — is providing a $10.1 million increase in funding this year to California-based Holocaust survivors, according to a Claims Conference’s December press release. The money will fund home...

  • Lauder, Spielberg warn of rising anti-Semitism

    January 27, 2015 | 9:08 am

    European leaders must do more to combat rising anti-Semitism on their home turf, Jewish leaders urged on the eve of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

    Governments must adopt a “zero tolerance” policy toward preachers of hate and importers of jihad, World Jewish...

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  • Survivors gather for historic anniversary at Auschwitz

    January 26, 2015 | 3:38 pm

    Holocaust survivors gathered in Krakow on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz amid unease regarding the safety of Jews in Europe.

    Some 100 survivors from 19 countries — each with a child, grandchild or companion — are expected to attend official ceremonies...

  • U.S., France secure $60 million for survivors of rail deportations

    December 5, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    The United States and France have tentatively arrived at a $60 million lump sum agreement to settle claims by survivors deported to Nazi camps via the French rail system.

    The agreement, announced Friday in a conference call with reporters by Stuart Eizenstat, the State...

  • Moving and shaking: JCFLA’s Marvin Schotland honored, SOLA celebrates

    By Ryan Torok

    September 24, 2014 | 1:17 pm

    The most moving part of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles’ (JCFLA) 60th-anniversary celebration at the Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills Sept. 19 had to be when CEO Marvin Schotland’s father, Lou Schotland, sang to his son.

    The event honored Marvin for his 25 years...

  • Local groups receive volunteers to aid Holocaust survivors

    July 9, 2014 | 10:38 am

    A new partnership between national and Jewish service organizations will connect volunteers with Holocaust survivors beginning in September in several major U.S. cities, including Los Angeles. 

    Through an initiative between the Corporation for National & Community Service, Jewish...

  • Knesset increases benefits for Holocaust survivors

    June 11, 2014 | 11:52 am

    The Knesset voted to increase benefits for Israel’s Holocaust survivors, many of whom live in poverty.

    The bill, which was passed June 9, will add $290 million a year to the allocations for survivor benefits, increase the monthly stipend received by Holocaust survivors and...

  • Biden pledges aid for poor Holocaust survivors

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    December 10, 2013 | 7:00 pm

    Vice President Joe Biden announced a new White House effort to aid aging Holocaust survivors living in poverty in the United States.

    Speaking on Dec. 10 at a luncheon in Washington, D.C., Biden said the Obama Administration will appoint a special envoy at the Department of Health...

  • Shoah: Breadcrumbs of life

    By David Suissa

    April 4, 2013 | 5:36 am

    The Holocaust is really too big and too dark to fathom. It’s larger than life, larger than death, even larger than evil. The human mind can’t quite comprehend an evil that wants to destroy a whole race of humans — and succeeds in destroying about a third of it.

    No matter how many...

  • What happened at Belzec

    April 3, 2013 | 2:22 pm

    In the summer of 1993, my father and I visited the site of the extermination camp of Belzec in eastern Poland, where my grandparents were among half a million Jews murdered by the Nazis in 1942.

    That visit would change my life. 

    I was working on a book about my father’s...

  • Carrying The Torch | Guest Blog Post by Ashley Gleitman Waterman

    February 25, 2013 | 10:59 am

    “Man will not merely endure: he will prevail. He is immortal, not because he alone among creatures has an inexhaustible voice, but because he has a soul, a spirit capable of compassion and sacrifice and endurance.”
    - William Faulkner, speech at the Nobel Banquet at the City Hall...

  • The Power of We

    February 4, 2013 | 4:25 pm

    The world needs to RSVP the power of one—plus one. Even Sir Richard Branson has acknowledged that the success of his Virgin brand comes from working with others--the "We" factor.  Granted, individuals can have great ideas, but they become real with the partnership of others. Which...

  • Report: Swiss kicked out Jews despite knowing of ‘final solution’

    January 28, 2013 | 2:07 pm

    The Swiss government knew about the Nazi program to wipe out Jews in 1942 -- earlier than previously known -- documents publicized by a Swiss television station suggest.

    A report aired by the German-language station SRF on Sunday, International Holocaust Remembrance Day, said the...

  • October 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 4, 2012 | 3:05 am

    In-depth

    Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    John Allen Gay of the National Interest takes a hard look at the Islamic Republic's imploding financial system. 

    The Islamic Republic reportedly has funneled ten billion dollars into backing the Assad regime in Syria, yet the...

  • The Children Who Survived

    September 12, 2012 | 11:59 am

    In her solo show, “Silent Witnesses,” Stephanie Satie portrays four women, all childhood survivors of the Holocaust, who share their stories as a celebration of the human spirit. The idea for the play, which will be staged on Sept. 20 at the South Pasadena Library, came to Satie...

  • 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,...

  • 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....

  • Jewish Geography

    By Ilana Angel

    May 30, 2012 | 7:21 am

    A couple of weeks ago my son got into his first car accident.  It was a hit and run right by our house and it shook me to my core.  Thank God he was not hurt.  I knew it would happen, and know it will happen again, but it truly scared us both.  He went from wanting to drive all the...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • February 16, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    February 16, 2012 | 4:39 am

    Why Israel should intervene in Syria

    Writing in the Huffington Post, Nathan Gonzales argues for an Israeli strike on Syria rather than Iran.

    At some point in the future, Israel must make an effort to become an accepted resident of its own neighborhood, and a Syrian intervention...

  • Ghetto survivors eligible for payment

    November 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    For the first time, some survivors of Nazi-era ghettos are eligible for a one-time payment from the so-called Ghetto Fund in addition to the pensions they receive from the German government.

    Following negotiations with Germany, the Claims Conference announced that those who meet...

  • Shoah archive expanding to include testimonies of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is expanding its visual history archive to include video recordings of testimonies about genocides other than the Holocaust, starting with a collection of 50 testimonies by survivors of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.

    It will be the first...

  • Funder Helps Holocaust Survivors Make Ends Meet

    May 10, 2011 | 6:15 pm

    Todd Morgan has a slew of rich, high-profile clients with names like Sylvester Stallone and Barbra Streisand, and there are pictures in his corner office at Bel Air Investment Advisors in Century City to prove it.

    Perhaps the most important people helped by the wealth manager,...

  • Briefs: Big results and rewards at Big Sunday, Former Weiss deputy enters Fifth District race

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Big Sunday Is L.A.'s Makeover Weekend

    Big Sunday, which has morphed from an annual Sunday event into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, once again thrived on May 3 and 4. Organizers say that this year the number of volunteers again reached about 50,000, working at about 325...

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    May 6, 2008 | 4:18 pm

    I can't look," 11-year-old Lara Berman shouted as she abruptly ran out of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in tears during a family trip to Israel. Her mother darted after her.

    "I'm going to see myself in one of those pictures," the young girl said.

    That was 16 years ago, and Berman,...

  • Shoah survivors’ offspring carry their legacy within

    By Jane Ulman

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    I can't look," 11-year-old Lara Berman shouted as she abruptly ran out of the Yad Vashem Holocaust museum in tears during a family trip to Israel. Her mother darted after her.

    "I'm going to see myself in one of those pictures," the young girl said.

    That was 16 years ago, and Berman,...

  • Volunteer network aids Holocaust funds program

    By Tom Tugend

    April 24, 2008 | 6:00 pm


    Bet Tzedek video shows a similar effort in 2006


    A network of volunteers from many of the nation's leading law firms, recruited through a Los Angeles initiative, is helping to write what appears to be the last chapter in the long and contentious history of reparations to Holocaust...

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