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  • Israel to Release Eichmann’s Memoirs

    By Naomi Segal

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Israel has decided to release the memoirs Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann wrote prior to his execution in Israel in 1962.

    The decision followed consultations in the Justice Ministry on whether to make the document available for American scholar Deborah Lipstadt in the ongoing London...

  • Zubin Mehta and His World Class Orchestra

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    March 2, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The Israel Philharmonic has always been an orchestra of immigrants.

    Founded in 1936 as the Palestine Symphony, by the Polish violinist Bronislaw Huberman, the orchestra was specifically created to help Jewish musicians escape the Nazis. Many of the founding members, among the most...

  • Yiddishist Yarns

    By Louis Gordon

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    By the middle of 1939, 19-year-old Shmuel "Sam" Batt had already completed a 260-page historical novel, in Hebrew, on the Spanish Inquisition and the expulsion of the Jews from Spain, which he planned to translate into Polish before submitting it for publication. Teachers at Batt's...
  • Ambassadors of Understanding

    By Tom Tugend

    February 24, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Dominik Zotti is a strapping, blond 20-year-old from Vienna, grandson of a Wehrmacht veteran, who guides visitors through the Holocaust exhibit at the Simon Wiesenthal Center.

    Reinhard Hannesschlaeger, 24, from Linz in northern Austria, works in the computer section of Steven...

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  • Holocaust Voices on CD

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    School children ask Siegfried (Siggy) Halbreich, "Do you have nightmares?" He answers, "Nightmares, dreams, I never do, because I live with it, day and night."

    The testimony of the 90-year-old Los Angeles resident, who survived five years in six concentration camps, is among those of...

  • The Forest That Haunts Austrian Politics

    By Richard Z. Chesnoff

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    If you were concerned about the inclusion of an extreme right-wing party in the new Austrian government, try this one on for size. While Freedom Party leader Joerg Haider has been busily trying to waltz away from previous statements praising parts of Austria's Nazi past -- and has...
  • Ernestine Bradley’s Message

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Ernestine Schlant Bradley, short brown hair, dressed in a lively pink/purple-checked wool jacked with beige slacks, was sipping hot water with six lemon wedges at the Los Angeles Regal Biltmore Hotel coffee shop last weekend, nursing laryngitis. The wife of former New Jersey Sen....
  • Scholarly Pursuit

    By Douglas Davis

    February 17, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Holocaust revisionist David Irving has no right to call himself a historian, according to a leading scholar of Nazi Germany.

    Richard Evans, a professor of modern history at Britain's prestigious Cambridge University, made the remark last week while testifying in the trial here where...

  • Nation/World Briefs

    February 17, 2000 | 6:59 pm

    When Roberto Benigni won the grand prize at Cannes for his Holocaust tragicomedy, "Life is Beautiful," he rushed to the stage and kissed the feet of juror Martin Scorsese.

    The Italian comedian couldn't resist playing the clown, either, when his Holocaust fable recently screened for...

  • Watching and Waiting

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A rabbi and three guests walked home through the streets of the city center after having a Shabbat dinner last Friday, when they were stopped by a man in his 60s.

    "I am a Roman Catholic," he told the rabbi, who with his long beard, and black coat and hat was clearly identifiable as...

  • Irving Vs. the Truth

    By Douglas Davis

    February 10, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A racist poem read to a young child has provided the toughest test for a Holocaust revisionist who is suing a U.S. Holocaust scholar and her publisher for libel.

    Discussing David Irving's "utterances both in public and private on the subject" of Jews and blacks, Richard Rampton,...

  • Telling the Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Retired bookseller Leo Bretholz, a Holocaust survivor, can hand you his own death notice.

    There is his name, listed among the 1,000 passengers who rode transport No. 42 from Drancy, France to Auschwitz, of whom only five survived. Bretholz isn't listed among the survivors. Yet survive...

  • Flawed Logic

    By Douglas Davis

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A Holocaust revisionist who is suing a U.S. historian for libel has dismissed eyewitness accounts, drawings and photographs of Auschwitz gas chambers that showed vents in the roof through which lethal gases were introduced.

    David Irving, who is suing Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of...

  • Defiant Actions

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A far-right party has forged an agreement to share power in Austria's government in defiance of an unprecedented European Union threat to penalize the country.

    The strong condemnation of Freedom Party leader Jorg Haider by the Europeans and the world community brought back memories of...

  • Rabbi To Head Holocaust Museum

    By Julie Wiener

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Rabbi Irving Greenberg, an influential scholar and religious leader, is about to take another national position.

    President Clinton is expected to appoint Greenberg to head the voluntary council overseeing operations at the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, according to...

  • Performance as Life, Life as Performance

    February 3, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    I have been thinking about "performance" for about two weeks now -- its virtues, its limitations, its prevalence even when unintended. In short, I have been trying to figure out what makes a performance work, what makes it succeed.

    This question of performance was stimulated for me by...

  • Deborah Lipstadt’s Trial and Us

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Every once in a while someone I know comes forward with an idea that is so right, so simple and so obvious, that I find myself clapping hand to head and saying, "Why didn't I think of it?" In this instance the person with the idea is Anita Hirsh of Studio City.

    She has suggested that...

  • Undeniable Truth

    By Douglas Davis

    January 27, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    A British Holocaust revisionist who is suing a U.S. Holocaust scholar in a London court has admitted that the Nazis "systematically" gassed 97,000 Jews in trucks.

    David Irving, whose trial against Deborah Lipstadt, a professor of Emory University in Atlanta, is now entering its third...

  • The Story of the Exodus Remains Powerful

    By Aaron Leibel

    January 20, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    The story of the Exodus ship -- immortalized in a novel by Leon Uris and converted into a movie -- was an important marker in the struggle for the resurrection of the Jewish state. It was also a milestone in the decline of Britain as a great power, Ruth Gruber explains in her...
  • 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...
  • 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...

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