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  • Benigni in L.A.

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 4, 1999 | 7:00 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...

  • Papal Tiger

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    When the pope came to Missouri this week, the St. Louis archdiocese made sure to include several dramatic gestures of Catholic-Jewish friendship in his schedule. They were the sort of breakthrough events John Paul II has prized through 20 years of papacy.

    But it's wearing thin.

    There...

  • Backing Up Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    In a precedent-setting decision, a Los Angeles judge ruled on Monday that European companies can be sued in California courts for nonpayment of life insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    The specific case involves a $135 million suit against the giant Generali Insurance...

  • The Ghosts of ‘Riga’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 28, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    While writing an aria based on a speech by Joseph Goebbels, for his 1991 opera, "The Ghosts of Versailles," William M. Hoffman was visited by ghosts of his murdered family.

    "I started to wonder what I would be doing if I were at that moment in Auschwitz," says the award-winning...

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  • Owning Her Story

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    PLEASE NOTE THE FOLLOWING: This article was published before the final disposition of this matter. The entire matter, including Mr. Alan Boinus' counter-claim for defamation, was dismissed with prejudice, and all parties entered into an amicable settlement agreement in May...

  • Our State of the Union

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    January 21, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Let us not, for the moment, worry about President Clinton, since he obviously can take care of himself. But Clinton's State of the Union address made me wonder: What is the Jewish State of the Union? By this I don't mean intermarriage or assimilation; I mean how are we, as activists...

  • Rebel with Another Cause

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 14, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Think Jean-Claude van Itallie, and you think, "icon of the 1960s."

    He is a legendary figure in the downtown New York theater scene and the author of "American Hurrah," considered to be a watershed political play of the Vietnam War era.

    Of late, the 62-year-old playwright has also...

  • Community Briefs

    January 14, 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...

  • UJ Stages ‘The Quarrel’

    By Gene Lichtenstein

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    About 10 years ago, give or take a year, I was invited to director Arthur Hiller's home to attend a reading of a work in progress. About 80 to 100 people turned out and listened raptly as two wonderful actors, script in hand, read the work in progress. It was a play called "The...
  • Lessons in Civic Responsibility

    By Beverly Gray

    January 7, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Five years ago, a school group from Oakland laughed and jeered throughout a screening of "Schindler's List." This fiasco convinced Steven Spielberg that many students needed careful preparation before viewing his film. So the director asked Facing History and Ourselves to develop...

  • Community Briefs

    January 7, 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...

  • Community Briefs

    December 10, 1998 | 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...

  • Seeking Moral Restitution

    By James D

    December 3, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    This week's Washington Conference on Holocaust-Era Assets was intended to zero in on the rapidly growing list of stolen Jewish property and the governments that have balked at returning it. But growing unease among Jewish leaders over the relentless focus on property and not "moral...

  • Community Briefs

    November 26, 1998 | 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 Weekend of Art

    By Michael Aushenker

    November 19, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    It was a dream come true for devotees of revered cartoonist Art Spiegelman last weekend, as the chain-smoking New Yorker flew into town to speak before capacity crowds at Second Generation and Skirball Cultural Center programs.

    For those unfamiliar with his "Maus" graphic novels,...

  • Community Briefs

    November 19, 1998 | 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...

  • Jewish Life on Film

    By Diane Arieff

    November 5, 1998 | 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...
  • Grousing About Our Jewish Book Fair

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I 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.

    Mostly,...

  • Making the Miracle

    By David Margolis

    November 5, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    I 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...
  • Revisionist ‘History’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 29, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    Tony 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...
  • No Laughing Matter

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Italian 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...

  • To Life and Laughs!

    By Michael Aushenker

    October 22, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    It 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...
  • 60th anniversary of Kristallnacht

    By Arthur Stern

    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...

  • The Problem with Sainthood

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    October 15, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    The 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...

  • Through the Eyes of a Child

    By Ruth Stroud

    October 8, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Those 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...
  • Coming of Age

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 17, 1998 | 7:59 pm

    Ismail 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...
  • The Pope and Repentance

    By Rabbi Harold M. Schulweis

    September 10, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    I 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...

  • Living in Einstein’s House

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Community Briefs

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Telethon Time

    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.

    ...

  • Back To School

    By Brian Eule

    August 27, 1998 | 8:00 pm

    Confronting Racism

    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...

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