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  • 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...

  • Jewish in Europe

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    As a young man, fresh out of college, I lived in Europe -- in Paris -- struggling to become a writer and searching for the adult identity that had thus far eluded me. Then, less than a decade later, I found myself living abroad again -- first in Brussels and then in London. In each...
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  • A Jewish Renaissance

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    A decade ago, the Jewish communities in communist-dominated Eastern and Central Europe were generally written off as dying remnants of the pre-Holocaust past. Forty years of communist restrictions -- and decades more than that in what was then the Soviet Union -- had compounded the...
  • Art Around Town

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    All around Los Angeles this month, fascinating art is thriving. And it couldn't be more diverse. On display are works by Israeli artists, Russians, Holocaust survivors and more.

    The Israeli work is at the Alter & Gil gallery in Beverly Hills, where Yoram Gil is taking a gamble on 13...

  • Through the Looking Glass

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 30, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fifty-five years ago, they survived Auschwitz by working for the notorious Dr. Josef Mengele.

    Karl Stojka, an 11-year-old Roma boy, served as a messenger for the chief Auschwitz physician. Dina Gottliebova Babbitt, a Czech-Jewish artist, was forced to paint portraits of Roma and...

  • PBS Pope Profile

    By Tom Tugend

    September 23, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is a haunting image in the early part of the PBS "Frontline" documentary on Pope John Paul II. As the Warsaw ghetto goes up in flames, just outside the wall and within sight and sound of the remaining Jewish resistance fighters, a carousel goes round and round, full of...
  • So, Nu?

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 16, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There is an old joke from the Holocaust, Robin Williams says.

    Two old Jews want to kill Hitler. The fuhrer doesn't show up. "So one turns to the other and says, 'My God, I hope nothing happened to him,' " Williams quips.

    Williams, the pre-eminent comic actor of his generation, cites...

  • Not Alone

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    This column is directed to a real-life young woman I'll call Heather, who's enrolled in the conversion program at the University of Judaism.

    Dear Heather,

    Rosh Hashanah begins this evening at sundown, and I am thinking about you. For the first time, you will be joining the greater...

  • Three Books That Shook the New York Times

    By Larry Derfner

    September 9, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The New York Times dubbed it "a quiet revolution in the teaching of Israeli history." That front-page Times article, headlined "In Israel, New Grade School Texts for History Replace Myths With Facts," and published Aug. 14, has kicked up a lot of dust among right-wing commentators....
  • Hitler’s Olympics

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The 1936 Olympics were grand spectacles both as sports and propaganda events, whose political ramifications are given full exposure in a striking exhibit, organized by the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, at San Diego's Hall of Champions.

    The games were awarded to a then-democratic...

  • The Man in the Middle

    August 26, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Rabbi Michael Melchior of Jerusalem has one heck of a job ahead of him.

    Newly appointed to Ehud Barak's Cabinet, he's got the unenviable assignment of trying to make Jews get along with each other. His official title, minister for social and world Jewish affairs, says it all. "Social"...

  • Community Briefs

    August 12, 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...

  • To Be or Not to Be

    By Matthew Dorf

    August 12, 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...

  • Changing Teens’ Thinking

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 12, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    The fresh-faced teenager looks like the girl next door until she displays her swastika tattoo in an episode of "The Teen Files," which continues this week on UPN. "I think the Holocaust was a good thing," she says, serenely. "[Hitler] probably should have done more."

    But by the end...

  • Nation Briefs

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    From the beginning, there were clear indications of the kind of year that lay ahead.

    As the Days of Awe approached last September, President Clinton reached for a High Holidays prayer book and turned to the Yom Kippur liturgy in his search for the right words of contrition following...

  • ‘The Danger Is Still Great Here’

    By Toby Axelrod

    August 5, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The man whom many call the conscience of Germany has announced that he has failed.

    In an interview with the newsweekly Stern, Ignatz Bubis gave a somber, often pessimistic assessment of his efforts to bring Jewish and non-Jewish Germans closer and to ensure that the Holocaust is never...

  • World Briefs

    July 22, 1999 | 8:00 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...

  • Music That Heals

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Whenever John Mauceri conducts the Israel Philharmonic, Israeli reporters ask him why an Italian Catholic is so preoccupied with Holocaust refugee composers.

    During a concert of Broadway music, Mauceri may speak of the great German theatrical composer Kurt Weill, who fled the Nazis...

  • Portrait of a Survivor

    By Michael Aushenker

    July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Enter Bel Air Camera in Westwood and you'll find William Herskovic, owner of the popular photo supply outlet. While the story behind his store -- a local fixture since 1957 -- may be interesting, the story behind the man is absolutely jaw-dropping.

    Born in Czechoslovakia, Herskovic...

  • Community Briefs

    July 15, 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...

  • In Their Rightful Place

    By Tom Tugend

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The first part, titled "Law for the Protection of German Blood and German Honor," forbade marriage and sexual relations between Jews and "citizens of German blood." (This section contains the only handwritten change in the typed text, when someone crossed out the word "sexual" in...
  • The Art of Memory

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 1, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Artist Tobi Kahn is obsessed with memories of the Holocaust. His abstract landscapes depict recollections of a haunted time and place he never experienced. Simple shapes conjure rivers and roads that snake through still valleys, serene at first glance, disturbing upon reflection....
  • 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...

  • 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...
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