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  • Lisa Kron’s 2.5 Minute Ride

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    When Lisa Kron's father, Walter, saw her acclaimed, one-woman show, "2.5 Minute Ride," his response was wry. "Nice eulogy, but I'm not dead yet," the 78-year-old Holocaust survivor quipped.

    Kron, a 38-year-old actor-monologist-comedian, admits that the piece, in part, "is a 70-minute...

  • Holocaust Revisionist Says His Name is ‘Blackened’

    By Douglas Davis

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    There is scarcely a dull moment these days in London's Royal Courts of Justice, where a Holocaust revisionist is engaged in a landmark libel case against a U.S. Holocaust scholar.

    The latest twist came when David Irving announced to the court late last week, just settling in for a...

  • Misleading, Inaccurate, Distorted, and Uninformed Reporting

    By Michael Berenbaum

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Kim Murphy's article "Danger in Denying the Holocaust" could be dismissed as amateurish at best were it not the Jan. 7 Column One story of the Los Angeles Times. Because of where it appeared, some of the issues it raised must be addressed. She doesn't present the stakes in the Irving...
  • Illusions at the L.A. Times

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last Friday the Los Angeles Times published a Column One story on its front page with the headline: Danger in Denying Holocaust? The Times' story, written by staff writer Kim Murphy, purported to be an objective, balanced account of two equally reasoned positions. It was depicted as...
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  • Struggling with His Family’s Nazi Past

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    In Axel Köster's unsettling photograph, a sweet-faced child innocently smiles beside the crematoria oven at Theresienstadt. The boy, Köster's then-16-month-old son Tristan, had shouted and prattled as he climbed on the oven's pipes, delighted with the echo, oblivious to the...
  • A Landmark Trial

    By Douglas Davis

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A British defense attorney gave a taste of the drama to come in the libel trial brought by a Holocaust revisionist against a Holocaust scholar when, during his opening statement this week, he addressed the plaintiff.

    "To put it bluntly," Richard Rampton, who is defending Holocaust...

  • Getting It Very Wrong

    By Tom Tugend

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Balanced Coverage?

    In its article on "Danger in Denying the Holocaust?", did the Los Angeles Times exercise the traditional journalistic canon of presenting both sides of a contentious issue, or did the paper fall into the trap of giving obvious falsehood equal space with the truth?...

  • The Circuit

    By Michael Aushenker

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    For those Angelenos looking for a respite from million-dollar hype and "Happy Meal" tie-ins to studio blockbusters, late autumn is also a time when a flurry of small, offbeat film festivals grace local movie screens. Among them is the modest but engaging, Cinema Judaica: The Los...
  • Kabbalah: Scary Jewish Stories

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 30, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    At one point in the play, "Kabbalah: Scary Jewish Stories," a yeshivabocher and a severed talking head careen across the Abyss. The Baal Shem Tov battles a werewolf. And a hapless youth accidentally marries a re-animated corpse, which nonchalantly re-adjusts an eye-socket while...
  • Connecting the Dots

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A name and date in a yellowing ledger. An inscription on a crumbling tombstone. A birth certificate. A walk along a dusty street in an Eastern European village. A faded family photograph. Sometimes a newly discovered relative.

    These are rich prizes for tens of thousands of Jews...

  • Is It a Match?

    By Pini Herman

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    It's wonderful to think that the world is beshert, that for every baby boy born there is a baby girl, but it's not that way. For every 100 baby girls born, approximately 106 baby boys are born.

    Apparently the Grand Planner knows what parents of boys unfortunately know -- their sons...

  • Errol Morris/Mr. Death

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 23, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Errol Morris, the pre-eminent documentarian of the bizarre, ambled onstage at the Bing Theater recently, looking scruffy. He was wearing a rumpled blue windbreaker, wrinkled slacks and a wicked smile.

    It was appropriate posturing for a director whose films are often wickedly ironic:...

  • Agreement Reached for Slave Laborers

    By Michael Shapiro

    December 16, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Jews who worked as slave laborers during the Nazi era are one step closer to receiving some measure of compensation for their ordeal.

    After months of torturous negotiations, an agreement has been reached to establish a $5.2 billion fund for these victims of the Holocaust, according...

  • Atoning for Sins of the Past

    By Steve Getzug

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    As a successful entrepreneur and businessman, George Gregory understood the power of a deal.

    For more than 30 years, Gregory had steered Products Research & Chemical Corp. to prominence with innovation after innovation. Hard-charging, intelligent and perseverant, Gregory took his...

  • Quackenbush’s Crusade

    By Tom Tugend

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In two days of hearings (Dec. 1 & 2) on Holocaust-era insurance policies, California's insurance commissioner threatened to penalize a German and an Italian insurer for non-cooperation, while reaching agreements with three Dutch companies.

    The European companies were among eight...

  • Nazi in the Catskills

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ellenville, N.Y., is a little village in the Catskills, population 4,200, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. It's the heart of what used to be the Borscht Belt, before Jews discovered Aspen and Antigua. Times have changed, but Ellenville still boasts a couple of grand...
  • Preservation Efforts

    By Tom Tugend

    December 2, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a huge tent on the Universal Studios lot, crammed with computer gear and large television screens, Steven Spielberg last week unveiled his high-tech master plan to transmit and preserve the living testimony of Holocaust survivors for this and future generations.

    Hollywood's most...

  • Catching Up with Elie Wiesel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When Elie Wiesel sat down to write the second volume of his memoirs, it marked a progression not just in time but in attitude. In "All the Rivers Run to the Sea," the first volume, which started with his birth and closed in 1969 with the author as a 40-year old bridegroom, Wiesel...
  • Cohn in China

    November 18, 1999 | 7:00 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 Jewish Revival

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    For European leaders, the recent inauguration of three Jewish schools in Central Europe symbolizes far more than a Jewish revival.

    They also reflect hopes for a return to normalcy in the heart of Europe more than 50 years after the Holocaust -- and 10 years after the fall of...

  • Out of the Dustbin

    By Toby Axelrod

    November 11, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Inna Orlowski sits at an outdoor cafe near the Jewish high school here, sipping a cappuccino. Bicyclists pass, sending long shadows across the cobblestone street.

    It is a long way from Russia's Ural Mountains, where Orlowski, 20, with close-cropped blond curls and a ready smile, was...

  • A Temple’s Pride

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When visiting Berlin you can't miss the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse. It towers over the city skyline and stands as a reminder of the rich history of Berlin Jewry. Crowned with the Star of David, the dome also reminds us of persecution and near...
  • Never Forget

    November 4, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When visiting Berlin you can't miss the golden dome of the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse. It towers over the city skyline and stands as a reminder of the rich history of Berlin Jewry. Crowned with the Star of David, the dome also reminds us of persecution and near...
  • Meandering Plots Derail ‘Train’

    By Curt Schleier

    October 28, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "Train of Life" uses fantasy and humor to deal with a Holocaust theme. Sound familiar?

    Actually, the French film (with English subtitles) was conceived and completed before "Life Is Beautiful," and the central role of Shlomo the Fool was offered initially to Roberto Benigni, director...

  • Cover Story

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    In truth, though, many other Orthodox Jews -- including most ofAgudath Israel's constituency -- do not consider Yom HaShoah to bethe appropriate time for focusing on the destruction of JewishEurope. Although that stance is similarly seen by others asschismatic, a good-faith effort to...

  • Adrift in a World in Which God is Hidden

    By Rick Richman

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    It is remarkable how many great Jewish American writers first came to the public's attention through a volume of short stories.

    Philip Roth's first book was "Goodbye, Columbus." Allegra Goodman's was "Total Immersion." Earlier this year, Nathan Englander published "For the Relief for...

  • The Pope and the Jews

    October 14, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    According to Rabbi Harold Schulweis, the present pope, John Paul II, has reached out to the Jews of the world in ways that far exceed any acts of his predecessors. He has begun a re-examination of the church's treatment of Jews, long overdue, but hitherto unacknowledged. Moreover, he...
  • The Conversion of the Jews, Part II

    By Rob Eshman

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Could there be a more fitting way to open an evening of Catholic-Jewish dialogue than by singing a gospel rendition of "The Storm Is Passing Over"? For the better part of two millennia, the Catholic Church and its Protestant offshoots have hammered away at Jews and their religion...
  • ‘Voyage of the Damned’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Hundreds of Angelenos crowded the University of Judaism on two separate evenings late last month, as two researchers from the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum told a tale as compelling as any Hollywood film.

    On May 13, 1939, a twin-smokestack luxury liner set sail from Hamburg, Germany,...

  • Waiting for the X

    By Rina Szwarc

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To please Holocaust survivors and Jewish advocacy groups or to please the insurance companies. That's the question Gov. Gray Davis faces this week as Assembly Bill 600 sits on his desk, awaiting his approval.

    Advocates for the measure -- which includes the Jewish Federation of Greater...

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