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  • Survivor Amrom Deutsch: A brush with death before liberation

    By Jane Ulman

    2 weeks ago

    Eighteen-year-old Amrom Deutsch stood in line with his parents and five of his siblings as the Jews of Sighet, then part of Hungary, were evacuated from the ghetto and crammed into a string of waiting cattle cars, more than 80 in each wagon. There was room only to stand — even for...

  • Survivor Charles Selarz: Hard labor, love and eventual freedom

    By Jane Ulman

    October 26, 2016 | 3:23 pm

    Charles Selarz, then Chaim Szklarz, was standing outside with a few friends in early September 1939 when German aircraft suddenly attacked their town of Wohyn, Poland, firebombing the small houses clustered within a two-block area, where the town’s approximately 1,000 Jews lived. 

  • Survivor Lore Rosen: Saved by Kindertransport and self-reliance

    By Jane Ulman

    September 28, 2016 | 2:43 pm

    On the morning of Nov. 10, 1938, a date that would come to be known as Kristallnacht, 14-year-old Lore Rosen (nee Baron) left for school from the fifth-floor, walk-up apartment where she lived with her mother in Mannheim, Germany. Just outside, the owner of the small grocery next...

  • When a Jewish Holocaust survivor ‘pissed’ on Hitler’s henchman

    August 29, 2016 | 4:18 pm

    It sounds like a scene from a Quentin Tarantino film. 

    A Holocaust survivor, whose mother and sister were killed in the genocide, said he locked a powerful Nazi prisoner in a shed for three days, made him strip naked and “pissed” on his face, “This American Life,”...

  • Magda Kahan: Saved, ‘because I had somebody’

    By Jane Ulman

    August 24, 2016 | 9:56 am

    "Give us your jewelry.” The two Hungarian men startled Magda Kahan — then Meisels — and her mother, who were standing in the kitchen of a small house they shared with another family in the Munkacs ghetto. It was a late morning in April 1944, and they had been living in the ghetto...

  • From Holocaust survivor to Mother of Plaza de Mayo

    August 17, 2016 | 12:27 pm

    In October 1977, two couples, all Holocaust survivors, carpooled to an illegal protest in downtown Buenos Aires. Each couple had a missing child. Sara and Bernardo Rus’ son, Daniel, a nuclear physics student, had been kidnapped in July from his work at the Atomic Energy Commission....

  • A friend of 7 decades recalls a young Elie Wiesel

    By  Tom Tugend

    July 13, 2016 | 1:31 pm

    In 1946, when Theodore “Ted” Comet was 21, he decided to leave his native Cleveland for France to serve as a volunteer counselor at one of the homes set up for the orphaned Jewish children who had somehow managed to survive the concentration camps.

    Before Comet departed, a friend...

  • Jacob Bresler: Riding out tribulation and making it to liberation

    By Jane Ulman

    June 29, 2016 | 11:30 am

    Mid-morning on Sept. 1, 1939, Jacob Bresler was playing at the one-pump gas station near his family’s apartment in Uniejow, Poland, rolling the metal rim of an automobile wheel with a wire stick, when a bomb suddenly exploded at the town hall, diagonally across the street. As Jacob...

  • From a Holocaust survivor, America gets the CEO of Viacom

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 28, 2016 | 5:46 pm

    A few months ago, I had the pleasure of meeting 83-year-old Holocaust survivor Henri Dauman, a French-born Jew who was orphaned by the time he reached Bar Mitzvah age and by all accounts, should have disappeared from history.

    But like many survivors, Dauman knew only to keep...

  • The prophecy of Primo Levi

    April 27, 2016 | 3:09 pm

    In January 1985, a laudatory New York Review of Books review of Primo Levi’s “The Periodic Tablesent me straight to my local bookstore for a copy, which I devoured in one or two sittings. I’d never read anything like it — truly one of those rare books where, after finishing it,...

  • A French survivor becomes a legendary photojournalist

    By Danielle Berrin

    April 27, 2016 | 12:00 pm

    “The one thing that is very clear in my mind is that day in 1942, when the French police knocked on our door to come and take us,” Henri Dauman, 83, said, moments after taking his seat at a Beverly Hills café. The French-born Holocaust survivor paused to order a decaf cappuccino...

  • Martin Gray, author of best-selling Holocaust memoir, dies at 93

    April 25, 2016 | 2:01 pm

    Martin Gray, a Polish-born Holocaust survivor whose memoir about his experiences during World War II inspired a successful TV miniseries, has died at 93.

    Gray was found in the swimming pool of his second home in Ciney, Belgium, but officials said no foul play was suspected, the...

  • Choice for caregiver: Daughter or Australia’s oldest Holocaust survivor

    April 11, 2016 | 2:20 pm

    Australia’s oldest Holocaust survivor is at the center of a spat between his Filipina caregiver and the Australian government, which has made it clear that if she leaves the country she will not be permitted to return.

    Elenita Fernandez, 43, was in Australia on a tourist visa...

  • Survivor seeks sparks of light in Holocaust’s lessons

    By Eitan Arom

    March 30, 2016 | 1:23 pm

    When Shimon Redlich laughs — which he does often — his mouth opens wide and emits a high-pitched sound of unbridled mirth. 

    Redlich, 80, is one of the few Holocaust historians for whom laughter can be described as a research tool. During a decade of traveling to the Eastern...

  • Guiness confirms candy-making Holocaust survivor is world’s oldest man

    March 11, 2016 | 10:51 am

    It’s official: Yisrael Kristal, a 112-year-old Holocaust survivor and Israeli citizen, is the world’s oldest living man.

    Guinness World Records confirmed Yisrael Kristal’s status on its website Friday.

    In January, JTA and other media reported that Kristal, who survived...

  • Toronto rabbi, wife receive papal blessing for 70th anniversary

    March 8, 2016 | 11:09 am

    A Toronto rabbi and his wife received a blessing from the pope as a wedding anniversary gift.

    To mark their 70th year together, Rabbi Erwin Schild and his wife, Laura, were presented with a handwritten scroll stamped with the papal seal and a photo of Pope Francis.

    The couple...

  • Producer Artur Brauner donates ‘Europa, Europa,’ other films to Berlin Jewish Museum

    March 8, 2016 | 10:15 am

    Film producer Artur Brauner, 97, a Polish-born Jew who made Germany his home, has donated 21 of his works to the Jewish Museum in Berlin.

    Brauner handed over his original films to the museum on Monday.

    Described as treasures of postwar German cinema, the films include “Europa...

  • The David and Goliath story of a Holocaust survivor

    March 4, 2016 | 12:10 pm

    The amazing life history of a 90-year-old antique/junk-shop owner in midtown Manhattan who challenges a big development company unfolds in the solo show “Altman’s Last Stand,” now onstage at the Zephyr Theatre in Hollywood.

    In the play, Franz Altman (Michael Laskin), a Holocaust...

  • Survivor Paula Lebovics: Staying alive by making herself invisible

    By Jane Ulman

    March 2, 2016 | 3:34 pm

    “If he can work, I can work, too,” 9-year-old Paula Lebovics — then Pesa Balter — told herself after her older brother, Josef, 14, left the small, rat-infested room that had served as one of their many hiding places in the defunct brick factory for many weeks, ever since the...

  • Last survivor of Treblinka revolt, Samuel Willenberg, dies at 93

    February 22, 2016 | 1:54 pm

    Samuel Willenberg, the last survivor of the Treblinka camp revolt, has died.

    Willenberg, who escaped the Nazi death camp in 1943, died Friday at his home in Tel Aviv. He was 93.

    He was born in 1923 in Częstochowa, Poland, to a Jewish father and a mother who converted to Judaism...

  • Israeli Holocaust survivor believed to be world’s oldest man

    January 22, 2016 | 12:21 pm

    A Holocaust survivor in Haifa is believed to be the oldest man in the world.

    Yisrael Kristal, 112, achieved that status this week after Yasutaro Koide of Japan, also 112, died, Haaretz reported Thursday.

    Kristal’s grandson, Oren, received an email this week from the Gerontology...

  • Survivor: Klara Wizel

    By Jane Ulman

    December 30, 2015 | 9:43 am

    “Seven, eight, four, five. Write that down,” Dr. Josef Mengele instructed a nearby guard as a naked and painfully thin Klara Wizel — then Iutkovits — stood before the Auschwitz doctor in yet another selection, her drab, gray dress draped over her right arm, her tattooed left arm...

  • Tibor Rubin, Holocaust survivor and U.S. war hero, dies at 86

    By  Tom Tugend

    December 8, 2015 | 11:25 am

    Tibor Rubin survived two years in the Mauthausen concentration camp then 30 months in a Chinese prisoner of war camp during the Korean war, then waited more than 50 years to receive the Medal of Honor, America’s highest honor for bravery in combat. Rubin died of natural causes on...

  • Hedy Patricia Flesh, Holocaust survivor and businesswoman, 94

    November 4, 2015 | 2:59 pm

    Hedy Patricia Flesh of Los Angeles passed away Sept. 18 at 94. She is survived by her children, George Flesh of West Newton, Mass., Nancy Brundige of Los Angeles and Arlene Flesh of Los Angeles; and her grandchildren David, Emily, Joseph, Jacob, Hanna, Sara, Simon and Benjamin. 

  • Thomas Blatt, Sobibor escapee and author, 88

    November 4, 2015 | 2:50 pm

    Thomas Blatt, one of the few Jews to escape the Nazis’ Sobibor death camp and a key witness against camp guard John Demjanjuk, has died.

    Blatt, who escaped Sobibor in a group uprising in 1943, died Oct. 31 at his home in Santa Barbara, the Associated Press (AP) reported. He was...

  • Renee Firestone: From Auschwitz to LACMA

    By Julie Bien

    September 3, 2015 | 9:05 am

    Former fashion designer Renee Firestone will never forget how devastated she was when she walked into her Washington Boulevard shop one morning in 1961, just three days before her first fashion show in Los Angeles.

    The night before, she recalled, “We had just finished the line. I...

  • When a Dutch Jewish woman taught SS officers how to dance

    August 17, 2015 | 3:18 pm

    Even before Nazi racial laws turned her into a wanted person in her native Netherlands, Roosje Glaser had limited patience for rules.

    A lighthearted and sometimes frivolous Jewish dance instructor who loved jazz music and the company of handsome men, Glaser ignored the 1940 Nazi...

  • Samuel Pisar, Holocaust survivor who was adviser to JFK, dies

    July 28, 2015 | 10:48 am

    Samuel Pisar, a Holocaust survivor who went to become a lawyer and writer, as well as an adviser to President John F. Kennedy, has died.

    Pisar, 86, died Monday in New York, it was announced Tuesday.

    A native of Poland, Pisar spent time in several Nazi camps, including Majdanek,...

  • Survivor: Sidonia Lax

    By Jane Ulman

    July 8, 2015 | 1:12 pm

    Early on the designated morning in December 1943, 16-year-old Sidonia Lax (née Sydonia Lewin) and her parents, Cyla and Isaac, left their bunker in the Przemysl ghetto, where they had been living for three months, and made their way to a building near one of the gates. Having heard...

  • Interacting with a ‘virtual’ holocaust survivor

    By Avishay Artsy

    July 2, 2015 | 9:46 am

    Those dedicated to preserving the memory of the Holocaust are facing a difficult deadline. Seventy years after the end of World War II, most of the Holocaust survivors still alive were children or teenagers during the war, and soon even they won’t be able to share their experiences...

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