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November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pmEven for an international film producer and inveterate traveler, Arthur Cohn has covered a lot of territory recently.
November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmFor 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...
November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmI am probably being unfair, but I will say right off that I am unhappy with Los Angeles' Jewish book fair, which starts Nov. 14. Partly, my grousing is about those writers who are absent; and, partly, it is a response to the fair's theme -- or, should I say, lack of theme.
November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pmI heard the following anecdote from Menachem Perlmutter, who was there when it happened. David Ben-Gurion, Israel's founding father and first prime minister, was visiting a settlement in the Negev. As he was being shown around, he pointed in one direction and said, "I would like to...
October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pmTony Kaye's "American History X" was supposed to establish him as "the greatest living filmmaker," he told The Jewish Journal. Instead, the movie, a drama about the redemption of a neo-Nazi (Edward Norton), was "raped" by New Line Cinema; by "narcissistic, dilettante" Norton, who...
October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pmItalian comedian-director Roberto Benigni was mortified by the journalist's accusation at Cannes. How, the reporter queried, could he be so tacky as to make a comedy about the Holocaust?
Sweet, effusive Benigni is still pained by the question, though his Chaplinesque fable, "La Vita e...
October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pmIt may not surprise anyone in our community to learn that, like the movie industry and the sciences, Jews occupy a disproportionate influence on the history of American comics. Examining the intersection of Jewish culture and the American comic strip is "Cartoon Art," a four-month...
October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm
November 1998 will mark the 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht. Sixty years have passed since the beginning of one of human history's darkest moments and even now we find ourselves still pursuing justice for the victims of the Holocaust.
Last week Gov. Pete Wilson signed into law...
October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pmThe canonization of Edith Stein, a Jewish intellectual who became a Carmelite nun and died in Auschwitz, hits a raw nerve. A Jew, a nun, a martyr, a saint: How to respond to each of these links in the chain?
The Polish-born John Paul II, who has visited synagogues, recognized Israel...
October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pmThose who grew up in the 1950s and '60s heard little about the Holocaust. Considered a subject too frightening for children, it was seldom discussed or taught. Even now, with almost a glut of literature, films, exhibits and college courses on the subject, it is still a difficult...
September 17, 1998 | 7:59 pmIsmail Merchant was brash and charming as he recently took a call from The Journal at his New York office. The Merchant Ivory producer was eager to promote his latest film, "A Soldier's Daughter Never Cries," in which a girl comes of age while living with her expatriate parents in...
September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pmI begin by expressing my admiration and respect for Monsignor Vadakin whom I have known for close to three decades. I have reason to know of his integrity and moral courage, his deep respect for Judaism and his love for the Jewish people.
It is not with anyone that I would broach the...
September 3, 1998 | 8:00 pm
There was a recent report that the former summer home of Albert Einstein, in the Berlin suburb of Caputh, will be returned to the heirs of the famed physicist. The Nazis had confiscated the residence from "the enemy of the people Einstein" during World War II.
The news item took me...
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Chabad returns to the air for an 18th year
The Chabad Telethon -- that unique mix of caring, sharing and good production values -- returns to the small screen this Sunday, Aug. 30, from 5 p.m. to midnight on UPN Channel 13.
August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Two friends deal with anti-Semitism at college
By Brian Eule
The phone in my dorm room rang just past midnight. "Josh is on the line," my roommate said. "He says...
August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Israel's refusal to give up land stems from years of persecution, but that might prove to be its downfall
Slouching Toward Destruction
By Gregory Rodriguez
Once you've leaned over the edge of...
August 20, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Left, "The March," a painting by Ida Bernstein, above, now at A Shenere Velt Gallery.
A Life's Work
Ida Bernstein's paintings reveal the tragedy and triumphs of her 90 years
By Naomi Pfefferman, Entertainment Editor
Ida Bernstein's spare, stark paintings reveal all the pain of...
August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Explaining Hitler: An Interview with Ron Rosenbaum
By Rob Eshman, Managing Editor
If you were alive in 1918 and bumped into an undistinguished German army corporal named Adolf Hitler, wouldn't you have been duty-bound to murder him? Just more than 10 years...
August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmNew York
Two current photo exhibits focus on New York City, with all its ethnic variety, architectural styles and startling contrasts of wealth and poverty.
August 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Left to right, Rabbis Abner Weiss, Lawrence Goldmark and Aaron Kriegel. Below, the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin located on Witten berg Platz, outside the entrance to a subway, across the street from Berlin's largest department store. Photos by Toby Axelrod
July 16, 1998 | 8:00 pm
A new sophisticated computer database may help the heirs of Holocaust victims receive the benefits of insurance policiestaken out by long-deceased relatives.
Major European insurance companies have refused torelease benefits to such policies, believing them heir-less. Butparticipants...
July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Weighing a World Court
Some 5,000 diplomats, journalists and human rights activists from 150 countries are gathered in Rome this month to complete negotiations on a decades-long project that could be the fulfillment of an age-old Jewish...
July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pm
CaliforniaTreasurer Matt Fong
California has taken the lead in slapping newsanctions on Swiss banks to penalize them for alleged foot-draggingin settling the claims of Holocaust survivors.
Getting a jump on other states, CaliforniaTreasurer Matt Fong ordered an immediate halt on all...
July 9, 1998 | 8:00 pmOnly justice can set them free.
When Gerhard and Ursula Maschkowski met at the Deggendorf displaced persons camp in Bavaria soon after liberation, Gert weighed 70 pounds. He had survived not only four years in youth labor camps and two years in Auschwitz, but five months of a Nazi...
June 25, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Klein says that he's surprised and hurt by the backlash. "McCarthyism is the use of state power against people without evidence," he says. "All I've done is to hold people accountable for their words and ideas. That's the role of a watchdog. ADL does...
June 18, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Hier Backs Schom
By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor
Ambassador Thomas G. Borer, Switzerland's point man in dealing with his country's wartime legacy, accuses Schom of "McCarthyite guilt-by-association tactics," in an Op-Ed article in Wednesday's (June 17) Los Angeles...
June 11, 1998 | 8:00 pm
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmThey must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pm
Jewish roots in predominantly Catholic Poland canbe traced back to the 11th century. But when an estimated 88 percentof the 3.3 million Jews in Poland died in the Holocaust, thecountry's thriving Yiddish theater, literature and culture ceased toexist as well.
The Jewish response to...
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