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  • Letters to the editor: Nazis and Social Security, Abu Tor, campus racism and Kristallnacht

    November 12, 2014 | 9:58 am

    Star of David Big and Bright Deep in the Heart of Westwood

    As the director of UCLA’s Center for Jewish Studies, I am writing in response to professor Judea Pearl’s article, “Should Campus Racism Be Discussed?” (Oct. 17). While I do not disagree with his desire to foster...

  • 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...

  • Church to become first synagogue in German state since Kristallnacht

    November 4, 2014 | 11:00 am

    A former church will become Germany’s newest synagogue and the first in the state of Brandenburg since 1938.

    In ceremonies on Sunday, Ulrike Menzel, who has led the Evangelical parish in Cottbus since 2009, handed a key for the Schlolsskirche, or “castle church,” to the Jewish...

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  • Germany: I Remember

    April 27, 2014 | 7:49 pm

    800px-White_Tower_Bad_Homburg_GermanyThis article was first published on We Said Go Travel for our Inspiration Writing Contest. I wanted to share it on the Jewish Journal for Holocaust Remembrance Day. Lisa

    "Al! You're up early. And where's your 'shtick'?" I asked, using the word he substituted in place of 'cane'....

  • Music makes the long journey from Israel to L.A.

    January 2, 2014 | 10:53 am

    It was late during World War II and Curt Lowens, a member of the Dutch resistance whose family had fled Berlin after Kristallnacht, saw an Allied plane in distress. He knew what he had to do. 

    Lowens followed the plane, watched as its pilots bailed out and then met them on the...

  • Keene, Kaliningrad and Riga: Confronting the memory of Kristallnacht

    By Michael Berenbaum

    December 2, 2013 | 3:59 pm

    I travel for my work; I travel often -- my wife and children might say too often. Just before Chanukah, I was in Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Canada, New Hampshire, Washington, D.C., and then back home. A hectic schedule is of little interest, but what I experienced might be.

    ...
  • Doli Sadger Redner

    By Jane Ulman

    November 14, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    Doli Offner (now Doli Redner) and her older sister, Lea, stood single file along with a group of young women at Auschwitz as Dr. Josef Mengele walked past, dispatching each with a flick of his thumb to one side or another. Lea was sent to the labor camp line and Doli to the gas...

  • German trade union leader opposes West Bank boycott

    November 11, 2013 | 10:13 am

    German trade union leader Michael Sommer vowed to stand up to unionists who want to boycott goods made in West Bank Jewish settlements.

    “As long as I am head of this organization, there will never be a resolution that says ‘Don’t buy from Jews,’ ” said Sommer, 61, chair of the...

  • Austria honors Bikel

    By Tom Tugend

    November 7, 2013 | 4:35 pm

    Theodore Meir Bikel and his parents peeked through the drawn curtains of their Vienna apartment watching the street below, where Adolf Hitler, standing in his limousine, slowly rolled by, cheered on by frenzied crowds.

    It was March 15, 1938, and Hitler formally announced that...

  • Herschel Grynszpan: ‘The Boy Avenger’

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    November 7, 2013 | 4:29 pm

    Like stills from a film noir, the black-and-white photographs of a 17-year-old boy named Herschel Grynszpan that have come down to us — police mug shots, newspaper photos, a souvenir snapshot taken at a Paris street fair — capture the various faces that he presented to the public...

  • 75 years after Kristallnacht: Time to toughen up and reclaim our memory

    November 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Seventy-five years later, the very word Kristallnacht still casts a long shadow — on Europe and on the Jewish people.

    The countrywide pogrom orchestrated in 1938 by the German High Command marked the Nazi regime’s transition from the quasi-legal, anti-Jewish discrimination of the...

  • What’s in a name? The false narrative of Kristallnacht

    November 7, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Two years ago, I was among a group of 24 young American Jews visiting a Protestant Church in Berlin to commemorate the anniversary of Kristallnacht. On that night, November 9, 1938, Nazi gangs destroyed thousands of synagogues and other Jewish-owned buildings across Germany,...

  • Berlusconi stresses support for Israel, Jews in wake of Hitler comparison

    November 7, 2013 | 11:30 am

    Former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi stressed his support for Israel and Jewish causes after sparking outrage by comparing his family to Jews under Hitler.

    In an excerpt of a book to be released Friday, the eve of the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht, Berlusconi was...

  • Kristallnacht, honored musically

    By Rick Schultz

    November 6, 2013 | 2:44 pm

    On Nov. 9, music by Samuel Adler, Steve Reich, Arnold Schoenberg and Eric Zeisl will observe the 75th anniversary of Kristallnacht as part of the enterprising Jacaranda concert series. 

    Kristallnacht was the night in 1938 when the Nazis launched a two-day pogrom throughout...

  • Calendar: October 26-November 1

    By Laura Donney

    October 23, 2013 | 11:48 am

    SAT | OCT 26

    “A CELEBRATION OF HAROLD PINTER”

    John Malkovich and Julian Sands collaborate on a personal and unusual tribute to one of the most influential British dramatists of the 20th century. The Nobel Prize-winning playwright is responsible for “Betrayal,” “The French...

  • Kristallnacht family Torah reaches new generation

    November 8, 2012 | 11:55 am

    It was the “Night of Broken Glass” in Germany, Kristallnacht — a national pogrom of death and destruction of Jewish property and the rounding up of Jews — and Dietrich (David) Hamburger was in hiding.

    Hamburger was the leader of a small congregation that met in his home in...

  • Loyola marymount commemorates Kristallnacht

    By Tom Tugend

    October 31, 2012 | 11:14 am

    On the night of Nov. 9-10, 1938, brown-shirted storm troopers torched and looted hundreds of synagogues and destroyed 7,500 Jewish businesses throughout Germany and Austria in what is known as Kristallnacht, “the night of broken glass.”

    On Nov. 8, Loyola Marymount University...

  • Austrian politician slammed for comparing protests to Kristallnacht

    January 31, 2012 | 10:57 am

    The leader of an Austrian far-right political party was condemned for comparing protests by students in Vienna with the Nazi persecution of Jews during Kristallnacht.

    The Anti-Defamation League on Monday slammed the comments made Jan. 27 by Austrian Freedom Party leader...

  • Belarus synagogue vandalized again

    November 15, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A synagogue in eastern Belarus was vandalized for the second time.

    The windows of the synagogue, located in the city of Babruysk, were smashed in early Monday morning, Radio Free Europe reported.

    On Nov. 11, the day after commemorations around the world for Kristallnacht, a swastika and the words “Death to Jews” was painted on the synagogue’s fence.

    About 50 people, most of them elderly, belong to the synagogue, the synagogue’s secretary, Maya Savatseyeva, told Radio Free Europe.

  • Tracking a Warsaw ghetto fighter

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2011 | 12:14 pm

    I met Leon Weinstein, hale and hearty at 101, three months ago and listened to his dramatic recollections as a fighter and survivor of the Warsaw Ghetto Uprising, one of the bravest chapters in modern Jewish history.

    By normal journalistic practice, the article should have been...

  • Kristallnacht without my father

    November 2, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    This is the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, and the first one I will mark without my father.  Kristallnacht is referred to as the “night of broken glass.” But it was much more. It was the beginning of the end of most of European Jewry. It was two days of Nazi...

  • A Kristallnacht lesson for our generation

    May 16, 2011 | 11:52 am

    It was Nov. 9 - Kristallnacht, the night of “broken glass” - when hundreds of Jewish businesses and virtually every synagogue throughout Germany and Austria were set ablaze.

    On that terrible night in 1938, my father, Sol, ran into a burning synagogue near his home in Vienna and...

  • PBS presents ‘God on Trial’ in Auschwitz

    By Tom Tugend

    November 7, 2008 | 2:46 am

    The prosecutor reads the charges against God: murder, collaboration with the enemy, breach of contract with His chosen people.

    Setting: A barrack in Auschwitz, with some 20 Jewish prisoners, half of whom will be gassed in the morning.

    Time: evening, sometime during the Holocaust.

    So...

  • I remember Kristallnacht—70 years later

    November 6, 2008 | 11:15 pm

    November 9, 1938, Bismarckstrasse 118 -- It's already two o'clock in the morning, the next day. All is calm; all is quiet, in this unholy night. We live on the second floor. I have a room on the third floor. Another month and I'll be 11 years old. Now I am sound asleep. Suddenly...
  • Sense of past leads Loyola Marymount to remember Kristallnacht

    By Tom Tugend

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Father Michael Engh thinks it's only natural that a Catholic university host the citywide commemoration of Kristallnacht, which is marked by many historians as the beginning of the Holocaust.

    "We had a public Rosh Hashanah celebration in September; we observed Yom HaShoah, the...

  • Books: Kristallnacht’s memory revealed and recovered

    By Michael Berenbaum

    November 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Nov. 9, 2006 marks the 68th anniversary of Kristallnacht, the pogroms throughout Germany and Austria, then incorporated into Germany, that set fire to the synagogues in towns and villages, pillaged Jewish shops, and led to the arrest and incarceration into concentration camps of...
  • Rescued Souls and Torahs Meet at Shul

    By David Finnigan

    November 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Leo Baeck Temple in Bel Air hosted an unusual commemoration of Kristallnacht, the event that is often considered the beginning of the Holocaust. Instead of focusing on mourning, the gathering last weekend was marked by raucous joy and a sense of reunification.

    The central symbolism...

  • Drive Seeks Airing of Sephardic Holocaust

    By Tom Tugend

    February 17, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    Thirteen-year old Maurice Zekaria was peeking through the window curtains of his house in central Baghdad and saw Iraqi men dragging two Jewish girls by their hair down the street, attacking Jewish men with axes and hammers and heavy smoke rising from torched Jewish businesses and...

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