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  • Community

    By Tom Tugend

    February 12, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    'David Fighting a CorporateGoliath'

    The heirs of a Holocaust victim and policyholder sueItaly's giant Generali Insurance Company for five decades ofrebuffing their claims

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Above, Regina, Moshe and Edith Stern; Below,from left, William Palmer, General...

  • Film

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 15, 1998 | 7:00 pm

    In the disturbing opening sequence of "The Long Way Home," asurvivor recalls the horrified stares of her American liberators atBergen-Belsen. "I saw one...double over and throw up and then anotherand another," she says. "I saw they were looking at [me] in disgust,and a deep despair...

  • Coming Together Aboard Bus No. 2

    By Beverly Gray

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    I have never been a fan of group travel. Bernie and I like to headout for parts unknown, armed only with a guidebook and a rental car.So what were we doing on the mammoth Golden Anniversary CommunityMission sponsored by the Jewish Federation Council of Greater LosAngeles?

    Frankly, the...

  • Supporting Their Claims

    By Tom Tugend

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    California's insurance commissioner has promised to use the power of his office to help thousands of the state's residents collect on unpaid insurance policies stemming from the Holocaust era.

    Insurance Commissioner Chuck Quackenbush gave the pledge during an often dramatic hearing on...

  • Since the Partition

    By Yehuda Lev

    November 27, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 29, 1947: A joyous day in Israel. Photo from"Jerusalem in 3000 Years," Konemann, 1995.

    Fifty years ago this week, on Nov. 29, 1947, the General Assembly ofthe United Nations voted to partition British-held Palestine into aJewish state, an Arab state, and a corpus separatum,...

  • Diminished Returns

    By Tom Tugend

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Matt Fong
    California Treasurer Matt Fong is having second thoughts aboutthe sanctions he imposed on Swiss banks, partly due to what he saysare "mixed signals" from the Jewish community.

    Since July, Fong has liquidated some $2 billion worth ofCalifornia funds in Swiss banks by not...

  • Mission Accomplished

    By Ruth Stroud

    November 20, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Above, the site of Yitzhak Rabin's assassination has beenturned into a public memorial. Left, Rabin's son, Yuval, listening toa mission speaker.

    Photos by Ruth Stroud

    The largest Israeli mission ever launched by the Jewish FederationCouncil of Greater Los Angeles, and the biggest...

  • And I Still See Their Faces: Images of Polish Jews

    By Diane Arieff

    November 13, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Polish Jewry before the war is the subject of a powerfulphoto exhibit at the Museum of Tolerance

    By Diane Arieff Zaga, Arts Editor

    Photo from "And I Still See Their Faces: Images of PolishJews"

    Anyone who has ever gazed at a worn sepia-toned family photographwith a mixture of curiosity,...

  • Mideast An Understanding Teacher

    By Ruth Mason

    November 6, 1997 | 7:00 pm

    Jewish and Arab youth visit Yad Vashem as part of a course onthe Holocaust run by the Ghetto Fighter's Museum at Kibbutz LahameiHageta'ot. Photo by Isaac Harari


    It's a hot summer day and 16 teen-agers are walking through YadVashem in Jerusalem with a handful of adults. The scene is...

  • Remember the Children: Daniel’s Story

    By Deborah Berger

    October 30, 1997 | 7:00 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...

  • Bittersweet Melodies

    By Diane Arieff

    October 16, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Teacher and student: Hal Robinson and Justin Kirk (atpiano).

    The Geffen Playhouse's new season opens on a memorable note withJon Marans' intelligent and bittersweet two-character drama, "OldWicked Songs," a finalist for the 1996 Pulitzer Prize. This WestCoast production features...

  • On Valor, Violinists and Vacations

    By Tom Tugend

    September 18, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "A Hole in the Heart of the World" (Viking, $24.95) by JonathanKaufman

    The "hole" in the intriguing book title "A Hole in the Heart ofthe World" refers to the destruction of Central and Eastern EuropeanJewry under the two totalitarian scourges of this century: first, ofcourse, the...

  • Passing the Torch

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    "We are dwindling," says the 1939 Club's Fred Diament.

    "We are afraid of what will happen when we are no longer around tokeep the memory alive," says the Lodzer Organization of California'sKal Berson.

    The aging Holocaust survivors are speaking not only of fellowsurvivors but also of...

  • Jewish Leaders Condemn Tribute to Riefenstahl

    By Tom Tugend

    September 4, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Leni Riefenstahl, film director and producer, in a 1934 photo, at work on a documentary on the Nazi party in Germany. Spaarnestad Fotoarchief, Haarlen, Netherlands. Photo from "The World Must Know" Little, Brown and Company, 1993.
    An award bestowed on German filmmaker Leni...
  • Honor Thy Parents

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 28, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Blythe Danner, David Lascher and Kevin Zegers star in "A Call to Remember."In "A Call to Remember," which airs on Aug. 30 on STARZ! and Aug. 31 on the encore cable channel, we meet David and Paula Tobias (Joe Mantegna and Blythe Danner), survivors who lost their first spouses and...
  • Summer Reading From the

    August 7, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    This thick, compact tome is designed for people like me. We wantto be able to access the names, ideas, dates and import of nearly6,000 years of Jewish learning and history, but we simply don't haveenough room in our heads to store it all. A near-complete revision ofa similar book...
  • Concerned Christians

    By Shlomit Levy

    July 31, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Strains of somber organ music resonated in the large sanctuary as the eight Holocaust survivors told their stories. As each spoke about horrors endured, loved ones lost and, ultimately, faith reclaimed, the congregation punctuated their speeches with murmurs of "Thank You, Jesus."...

  • LettersDefending Dad

    July 24, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A copy of the Jewish Journal of March 21 has just come to my possession with an article entitled "An Unfashionable Opinion" by Sally Ogle Davis. This is based on the film "Shine" and an interview with Gillian and David Helfgott.

    Davis describes David's father's depiction in the film...

  • Switzerland’s

    By Tom Tugend

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Photo ID card of Gertrud Levy.


    'Blood Money'

    By Tom Tugend,

    Contributing Editor

    About the time one is tempted to feel a wee bit sorry for the Swiss over the barrage of flak they're now getting, along comes a new probe of the country's conduct during World War II to set...

  • Do You Believe

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    July 17, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    For a small donation, you can now e-mail your prayers to a site in Jerusalem where they will be placed into the Kotel, the Western Wall, on your behalf.

    With a powerful computer, scholars in Israel have revealed the secret codes embedded in the text of the Torah -- codes predicting...

  • A French Twist

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    La Libre Parole an illustrations from "The Accused, the Dreyfus Trilogy" 1996

    A French Twist

    'The Accused' addresses the Dreyfus Affair,

    and the anti-Semitism of 1890s France,

    from various, odd angles

    By Tom Tugend, Contributing Editor

    Few, other than historians of the period, will...

  • A Different Take

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    A Different Take

    on History

    Many modern forms of anti-Semitism, not least the Dreyfus Affair, can be seen as a reaction to the emancipation of the Jews in Western and Central Europe following the French Revolution, according to Dr. Michael Berenbaum.

    Berenbaum, a prominent figure in the...

  • The Years of Persecution

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    As the decades pass, why does the Holocaust retain, and even expand, its grip on the consciousness of the world and of its scholars, writers and filmmakers?

    Argues Professor Saul Friedländer of UCLA, it is not because the extermination of 6 million Jews marked a major turning point in...

  • Charting a

    By Tom Tugend

    July 3, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Holocaust has been the professional focus of Dr. Michael Berenbaum's life for 30 of his 51 years -- as student, teacher, scholar, author, journalist and administrator.

    To survive, mentally and emotionally, he has learned one lesson: "The only way to deal with death is to be...

  • Spectator

    By Diane Arieff

    June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Elizabeth Rodgers, co-director of the documentary, "Exodus 1947."

    In July 1947, a Chesapeake Bay steamer loaded with 4,500 Holocaust survivors was attacked by the British navy on its way to Palestine. The ship was called Exodus 1947, and its aborted voyage galvanized world opinion...

  • Up Front A Museum of Tolerance &‘009;&‘009;in Israel

    June 12, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    The Simon Wiesenthal Center is fully committed to building a $50 million museum in Jerusalem -- despite skepticism expressed by some Holocaust scholars.

    "We are close to acquiring a property and are putting together an advisory board in Israel, whose members will range from the far...

  • Up Front

    By Tom Tugend

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Sister Rose Thering with Monsignor Robert Sheeran The first thing that catches the eye when meeting Sister Rose Thering is the large pendant of a Star of David intertwined with a Cross dangling from her neck.

    The pendant is a kind of shorthand for the Dominican nun's lifework as...

  • Who Was Bart Crum?

    By Rob Eshman

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Who was Bart Crum? Now there's a question that separates the young from the old, or, to be kind, the younger from the older.

    For the generation that came of age in the 1940s and 1950s, Crum was a ubiquitous actor on the national stage. With Zelig-like frequency, he appeared at the...

  • Insult to Injury

    June 5, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Only 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...


    By Rob Eshman

    May 29, 1997 | 8:00 pm

    Question: What do you get when you cross Hollywood, the Holocaust and Jewish communal fund-raising? Answer: Something exactly like last Wednesday night's Simon Wiesenthal National Tribute Dinner at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.

    It was a deliriously effulgent affair, a symbol of the...

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