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  • Survivor: Erika Jacoby

    By Jane Ulman

    January 21, 2015 | 11:32 am

    “Los, los. Alle heraus,” the SS soldiers yelled, whips in hand, as the train doors opened onto the Auschwitz-Birkenau platform. It was mid-June 1944. “Go, go. All out.” Sixteen-year-old Erika Jacoby, nee Engel, was shoved out of the car, and she stumbled into line. In the distance,...

  • Survivor: Gabriella Karin

    By Jane Ulman

    January 7, 2015 | 11:04 am

    Gabriella Karin (then Foldes) tightly clasped her Uncle Sandor’s waist as she traveled on the back of his bicycle along the back roads of Slovakia from Malzenice to Bratislava, a 40-mile journey. It was the summer of 1942, and the 11-year-old had been visiting her grandmother, who...

  • Nazi collaborator’s story re-created on stage in ‘Blonde Poison’

    December 30, 2014 | 10:42 am

    The Nazis called her “Blonde Poison.” Stella Goldschlag was a tall, blond, blue-eyed, Aryan-looking young Jewish woman who grew up in a comfortable, assimilated Berlin family. In order to save herself and her parents from being sent to a death camp after the Nazis came to power,...
  • Survivor: Henry Oster

    By Jane Ulman

    December 17, 2014 | 9:30 am

    Achtung,” a German officer shouted. “Attention.” Fifteen-year-old Henry Oster, then called Heinz, lined up with his mother in a Lodz ghetto courtyard on a mid-August day in 1944. He and the others gathered there had been instructed to report for special permits to help harvest the...

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  • U.S. Holocaust museum gets $25 million gift, largest in its history

    December 4, 2014 | 10:21 am

    An Arizona family is donating $25 million to the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum — the largest gift in the Washington museum’s history — to increase its educational programming.

    The gift from the William Levine family of Phoenix will be used to expand and...

  • Survivor: Joseph Alexander

    By Jane Ulman

    December 3, 2014 | 11:02 am

    Half the people in the cattle car were already dead when the train pulled in after midnight to the station in the Polish city of Oswiecim (Auschwitz). It was February or March of 1943, and 20-year-old Joseph Alexander — known then as Idel Aleksander — stepped over the bodies as...

  • ‘A Sacred Culture Rebuilt’ at Museum of Tolerance

    November 25, 2014 | 11:44 am

    Just inside the fluorescent-lit room, six picnic-style tables were supplied with arts and crafts essentials: scissors, glue sticks and stock photos. 

    “A lot of survivors don’t have pictures,” said Lori Shocket, artist and curator of the hands-on exhibition, so she came prepared...

  • Survivor: Eva Perlman

    By Jane Ulman

    November 19, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    The alert came at dusk. Eva Perlman (then called Eva Hanna Gutmann), just 12 years old, looked out the window of the apartment her family was renting in Autrans, France, on the second story of what they called “the yellow house.” Not far away, she could make out the silhouettes of...

  • The Fear and Awe of Elie Wiesel

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 17, 2014 | 11:59 am

    When I was a child I discovered the holocaust at about eight. By perhaps ten I remember video images of tractors moving mounds of bodies into mass graves. I started learning about gas chambers and crematoria. I was struck by the monstrous, unspeakable injustice. Why did the world...

  • Hungarian film fest comes to North Hollywood

    By Tom Tugend

    November 12, 2014 | 1:45 pm

    The latest film festival to open in Los Angeles features a title about a Holocaust survivor who has erased all memories of his Jewishness. Another honors a Swiss diplomat who saved thousands of Hungarian Jews. There is also the documentary about the world’s first female rabbi, and...

  • Nicki Minaj’s new video filled with Nazi imagery

    November 10, 2014 | 10:55 am

    Nicki Minaj's new music video for the song "Only" (Lyric) ft. Drake, Lil Wayne and Chris Brown is filled with stylized Nazi-esque imagery.

    According to Abraham H. Foxman, the national director of the Anti-Defamation League, "Nicki Minaj’s new video disturbingly evokes Third...

  • Kristallnacht’s lessons for today

    November 7, 2014 | 1:51 pm

    Each year on the anniversary of Kristallnacht, we recall the opening salvo of the violent assault on Jews that foreshadowed the Holocaust and ask ourselves what should have been done at that moment.

    In thinking about Kristallnacht, we should also consider the outpouring of...

  • Witnesses to Kristallnacht

    By Jane Ulman

    November 6, 2014 | 11:08 am

    On a Wednesday evening in late 1938, the sounds of broken glass shattered the quiet streets of Germany, Austria and the Sudetenland. Over the next 24 hours, Nov. 9-10, rampaging Nazi mobs would torch more than 1,000 synagogues; vandalize Jewish homes, businesses and cemeteries; and...

  • Survivor: Jack Nierob

    By Jane Ulman

    November 5, 2014 | 10:59 am

    It was a beautiful winter’s night in early 1944 when Jack (then Icek) Nierob, 19, left his night-shift job in the steam room of Skarzysko’s Camp C to use the latrine, an outdoor shack near the labor camp’s barbed-wire fence. On his way back, a Ukrainian guard shouted for him to...

  • ‘Paper Love’: Paving the way for post-survivor storytelling

    November 4, 2014 | 3:38 pm

    As the last generation of Holocaust survivors ages and dies, efforts to capture their final, untold stories have abounded. But in her new book “Paper Love: Searching for the Girl My Grandfather Left Behind,” Sarah Wildman has turned instead to the future, asking what it means bear...

  • Genocide, the Jews and why they call Israelis Nazis

    By  Rabbi Shmuley Boteach

    November 3, 2014 | 11:21 am

    We’ve long witnessed Mahmoud Abbas – “the moderate” – naming public squares after Palestinian terrorists whose hands are dripping with Jewish blood. He posthumously bestowed the "Star of Honor" on Abu Jihad, the mastermind of the 1978 Coastal Road attack where 38 Israelis,...

  • At 105, ‘British Schindler’ celebrated in Prague

    October 28, 2014 | 3:25 pm

    A 105-year-old man known as the “British Oskar Schindler” — having saved hundreds of Jewish children from the Nazis — received the Czech Republic’s highest honor Tuesday.

    Sir Nicholas Winton was flown on a Czech military plane to Prague, where Czech President Miloš Zeman awarded...

  • Presidents of Israel, Poland tour new museum on Jewish history

    October 28, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The presidents of Israel and Poland together took a guided tour of a new museum of Jewish life on Tuesday that tells the story of how Poland was for centuries home to a flourishing Jewish community before becoming a graveyard for Jews in World War II.

    Polish President Bronislaw...

  • Survivor: Mike Popik

    By Jane Ulman

    October 23, 2014 | 10:34 am

    The SS entered Mauthausen’s overcrowded barracks 30 one night in February 1944 to punish the 120 boys, including 14-year-old Mike (Miki) Popik, who were engaged in a shoving match to avoid sleeping next to the cold, damp wall. Among the guards was one everyone called Sturmführer...

  • L.A.’s Iranian Jews must launch new Iran advocacy campaign

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 14, 2014 | 1:13 pm

    Earlier this year, I had the opportunity to speak to a Southern California Christian group about the significant human rights violations that the Iranian regime has waged against the Christians, Jews and other religious minorities living in Iran today. While this congregation was...

  • Remembering Four Women of the Holocaust

    By Ilana Angel

    October 9, 2014 | 3:42 pm

    I worked at Steven Spielberg’s Survivors of the Shoah Visual History Foundation for many years. It is now the USC Shoah Foundation and continues to do important work. I am very proud to be have been a part of this organization and look back on my years there with laughter, tears,...

  • Documentary gets inside head of Heinrich Himmler

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 7, 2014 | 12:24 pm

    In 1941, Heinrich Himmler took time out from organizing the Final Solution to write to his 12-year-old daughter, Gudrun: “In life, one must always be decent, courageous and kind-hearted.”

    This fatherly advice illustrates one side of the SS Reichsfuehrer and the real architect of...

  • Survivor: Sally Zielinksi Roisman

    By Jane Ulman

    October 7, 2014 | 11:46 am

    Sally Roisman — at the time Sara Pola Zielinksi — was asleep in a bed she shared with her mother and two sisters in the Sosnowiec ghetto when she was suddenly awakened by loud pounding on the door. A Gestapo officer entered the room. “Get dressed,” he ordered, pointing at Sally....

  • The Jewish dressmaker FDR turned away

    October 6, 2014 | 11:31 am

    Was the Jewish “lady tailor” who ran a Prague dressmaking shop a potential Nazi spy? The Roosevelt administration apparently thought so.

    The Jewish Museum Milwaukee recently opened a remarkable exhibit about the late Hedy Strnad, a Jewish-Czech dressmaker who with her husband,...

  • “Heil Hitler” at the heart of London - an open letter to the Madame Tussauds Wax Museum

    By Noga Gur-Arieh

    September 30, 2014 | 8:53 am

    Not sure if it was because of the growing anti- Semitism or constant terror threats, but when my boyfriend surprised me with a trip to London, my initial and immediate response was "but I don't want to die."  Since tickets were already booked, we boarded the plane, extra carefully,...

  • A Survivor’s Last Wish

    September 24, 2014 | 8:48 pm

    Sylvia Badner turned 80 years old in 2007, and her son Victor threw a small party in his home, inviting a few friends, cousins and neighbors to mark the milestone.

    Everyone showed up except Sylvia, who adamantly refused to attend.

    The Queens, N.Y. housewife had been lying about...

  • Poland is the safest place in Europe for Jews today

    September 23, 2014 | 12:56 pm

    I survived the Holocaust in a sub-cellar in Tarnopol (Ternopil), a city now located in western Ukraine that once had a thriving Jewish as well as Polish population. Before coming to the U.S., I grew up after the war in France when philo-Semites like Albert Camus, Jean-Paul Sartre...

  • Survivor: Stella Esformes

    By Jane Ulman

    September 23, 2014 | 9:49 am

    It was 1944, and Stella Esformes — then Sterina Haleoua — was looking forward to watching the national Independence Day parade in Larissa, Greece. She had even purchased a new pair of beige and brown shoes for the occasion. But the day before the event, in the early morning of...

  • Are Jews losing their story?

    By David Suissa

    September 17, 2014 | 2:06 pm

    As we look back on the triumphs and failures of the past year, let’s reflect on one of the perennial shortfalls of the Jewish world — how we consistently overlook the importance of teaching the extraordinary story of the Jewish people. 

    When I say “the story of the Jewish...

  • Israeli artist depicts pain of rootless Jews in Berlin exhibition

    September 16, 2014 | 9:07 am

    Moshe Gershuni's expressive, historically loaded art, which places symbols of the Holocaust in a religious setting and seeks to polarize opinion about current Israeli society, seems unlikely to reward the casual viewer.

    Titled "No Father No Mother", the retrospective of paintings...

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