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  • Holocaust Survivors To Receive Payments

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Payments from a $1.25 billion settlement reached last year with several Swiss banks will start reaching Holocaust survivors by the second half of next year, according to the executive director of the World Jewish Congress.

    Some details of the payout plan still need to be worked out by...

  • A Way of Remembering

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    (News item: On June 25, the German Bundestag will vote whether or not to go forward with a plan to build a Jewish monument in Berlin. The design, by American Jewish architect Peter Eisenman, was selected by a five-member committee; they considered 25 invited submissions. According to...
  • Auschwitz Talks to Resume

    By James D

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Negotiations over the future of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps in Poland could begin in a matter of weeks now that hundreds of crosses planted by Polish Catholic extremists have been removed, according to Miles Lerman, chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and the head of the...
  • Stepping Down

    By Tom Tugend

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Dr. Michael Berenbaum last week stepped down as president and chief executive officer of the Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation, established by Steven Spielberg five years ago, following the universal success of his film "Schindler's List."

    The Shoah Foundation has not...

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  • Berlin’s Jewish Museum

    By Toby Axelrod

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The walls of the new Jewish Museum here are bare, except for shard-like windows that let in slashes of light. From the top floor, it seems the city's pre- and postwar buildings unfold outward like petals around this silvery, zigzag heart.

    Currently, it is a museum without exhibits,...

  • Open Discussions

    By Tom Tugend

    May 27, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Los Angeles, as always, attracted a variety of interesting visitors in recent days. The Jewish Journal couldn't meet all of them, but we made contact with a group of German journalists and government officials, the former executive editor of The New York Times, and the Israeli...
  • Hier Under Fire

    By Tom Tugend

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Some Catholic and Jewish leaders are denouncing a campaign by Rabbi Marvin Hier of the Simon Wiesenthal Center against elevating wartime Pope Pius XII to sainthood.

    Describing Pius XII as "the pope of the Holocaust," the center's founder and dean charged last week that throughout...

  • Image Playing

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 20, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In Eleanor Antin's filmic art installation, "Vilna Nights," ghostly images flicker in the ruined courtyard of a Jewish ghetto. In one window, a woman burns a passel of love letters; in another, a tailor sobs while mending the clothing of murdered children; in a third, hungry children...
  • Community Briefs

    By Julie G Fax

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • Norway to Pay Shoah Victims

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Norway has begun accepting applications for the approximately $60 million fund it created in March for Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Applicants will be eligible for as much as $25,500. Further information is available from: The Ministry of Justice, Civil Department, P.O. Box 8005...

  • California Pressures Insurers to Settle Holocaust-era Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    California's top officials, legislators and private organizations are throwing their collective weight behind a series of measures aimed at pressuring European insurance companies into settling claims from the Holocaust era.

    The charge is being led by Gov. Gray Davis and state...

  • Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs lobbies for the release of three captive Americans

    By Tom Tugend

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When Rabbi Steven B. Jacobs was received at the White House on Monday, together with other members of the Rev. Jesse Jackson's mission to Belgrade that successfully lobbied President Slobodan Milosevic of Yugoslavia for the release of three captive American soldiers, he passed on a...
  • The Columbine Connection

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Before I get to the Jewish connection in the Littleton, Colo., murders, a statement of empathy.

    In the early hours after the killings at Columbine High School, a terrifying vulnerability swept over me and virtually all the parents of adolescents in my group. As soon as the kids went...

  • Community Briefs

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Even for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.

    During the last week in October, the winner of a record five Oscars and producer of "The Garden of the Finzi-Continis" and "Central Station" was feted in Shanghai at...

  • A Mortuary Comes to Life

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 29, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The story of Chevra Kadisha Mortuary and its significance to Los Angeles' observant community is an ongoing saga of crime, punishment and redemption surrounding an institution that deals with one of the most holy times in the Jewish life cycle. And, as in the grand cycle of life and...

  • Making a Case for Victims of the Holocaust

    By Professor Burt Neuborne

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    What progress have American courts made in bringing legal closure to some of the appalling evils perpetrated by the Nazis during their reign of terror?

    First we have to understand what is actually going on. There are five sets of cases currently pending: The first was filed in 1996...

  • Swift Response

    By Julie G Fax

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    With echoes of the Holocaust and pogroms haunting a collective conscience, the Jewish community in Los Angeles has mobilized forces to come to the aid of Kosovar refugees left homeless and hungry by Serbian President Slobodan Milosevic.

    Schools, synagogues and organizations have moved...

  • A Reason for Remembrance

    April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Once upon a time, we celebrated holidays and honored men and women and moments from our past as though they were charged with meaning. Armistice Day, Independence Day, Lincoln's birthday. I remember a Memorial Day, in 1976, when everyone marched through the six-block town to the...

  • When We Must Fight Back

    By Jane Ulman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Hit him back!" my husband Larry and I occasionally advise our sons.

    "Really? Can I?" each answer, incredulously.

    Yes. We do advocate that they fight back: When neither words nor whining, bribes nor threats, deter a brother, buddy or teammate's aggressive behavior. When passivity and...

  • What To Do About Kosovo?

    By Gil Sedan

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Israelis are divided over NATO's military campaign against Serbia -- and opinions and policy are being informed as much by history and the Holocaust as by current political realities.

    Israeli sympathy for the Serbs, who were fellow victims of the Nazis during World War II, is...

  • Holocaust Images in Color

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Between 1939 and 1944, when the Lodz ghetto was the largest and most notorious Nazi slave labor camp, a bourgeois Austrian named Walter Genewein, the ghetto's chief accountant, procured a Movex 12 camera that was confiscated from a Jewish prisoner. He used his position to secure a...
  • Florys Story

    By Lori Schneide

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In the living room of her Newport Beach home, Flory Van Beek reaches up to a shelf and takes down a plain-white book the size of an encyclopedia and engraved with a Star of David. "This was published by the Dutch government," she says. "It has the names of the almost 140,000 Dutch...
  • Chaya’s Dance

    By Beverly Gray

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Six years ago, Carol Solomon attended Yom Kippur services in Copenhagen. Flipping through the back of the English language prayerbook, she came upon a poem, translated from Hebrew, called "The Letter of the Ninety-Three Maidens." Based on an actual letter that was found after the...
  • In Praise of the Righteous Enemy

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Once again, the anniversary of the Holocaust is upon us (April 13), and, once again, the commemoration taunts me. "Go preach the goodness of God." "Go praise the crown of God's creation made but little lower than the angels." "Speak to the world of faith and hope in the wake of the...

  • ‘Not Bad For a Goy’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For many Jews watching the 71st Academy Awards last week, the telecast surely scaled new heights of Hollywood surrealism, as the ceremony seemed to honor an unusually disproportionate preponderance of films with Jewish content and their non-Jewish creators.

    Of course, you'd have to be...

  • ‘I Was Wrong about Netanyahu’

    By Eric Silver

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Of all the Likud loyalists who have walked out on Binyamin Netanyahu, last week's defection of Gen. Yossi Peled is arguably the most damaging. The short, crisp former chief of IDF Northern Command made a surprise appearance at Ehud Barak's campaign launch and starkly confessed to the...

  • Echoes from the Killing Fields

    April 1, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's the festival of freedom, and, once again, Allied warplanes are flying the skies of Europe to stop tyranny and protect the oppressed. The bombers that failed to arrive in time to save the doomed Jews of Europe a half-century ago are now speeding hope to the threatened Albanians...

  • Passover Cooking

    By Matthew Dorf

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Joan Nathan serves gefilte fish for Passover, she puts a carrot in the fish head.

    For her, the reason is simple: That's the way her mother-in-law always did it.

    "This is what her mother did. She died in the Holocaust," Nathan said during an interview last Friday in the kitchen...

  • Jewish Themes Dominate Oscars

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Rarely has Jewish talent and Jewish themes received as much recognition as at the last Academy Awards of this century.

    "Life Is Beautiful," the tragicomic fable set partially in a concentration camp, earned best actor and best foreign film Oscars for its star and director, Roberto...

  • Art Imitating Life for Mystery Writer

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    The idea for Rochelle Majer Krich's new mystery, "Blood Money," goes back to the day she discovered some startling photographs in her parents' china closet.

    Krich, then 13, saw her father with an elegantly dressed woman beside a baby carriage holding a baby girl. "'That's Gusta,...

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