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  • After Geneva, Iran’s nuclear deal remains a conundrum

    December 4, 2013 | 11:59 am

    Last month’s nuclear deal with Iran has set off a cacophony of pro and con acrimony pitting public officials, academic experts and pundits against one another.  Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu called the interim accord a “historic mistake.” The Wall Street Journal headlined...

  • Website with sample of Nazi-looted art is overwhelmed

    November 12, 2013 | 9:30 am

    A website showing a small sample from a trove of Nazi-looted art found in a Munich apartment was flooded with hits.

    Out of a total of more than 1,400 works, an initial list of 25 with photos went online Monday.

    “There were so many hits that the site was overwhelmed,” a staff...

  • 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...

  • ‘Book Thief’ a story of pure beauty, pure destruction

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 6, 2013 | 1:57 pm

    Markus Zusak still remembers how his mother, a German Lutheran immigrant to Australia, vividly described the day she saw the Jews being marched to Dachau in her hamlet near Munich. 

    “There was an old, emaciated man who couldn’t keep up with the others, and a teenage boy ran up...

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  • Iran’s supreme leader rejects direct talks with U.S.

    February 7, 2013 | 10:04 am

    Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, the supreme leader of Iran, rejected a U.S. proposal for direct talks between the two countries.

    Khamenei was responding to offers from the United States, including last week by Vice President Joseph Biden at the Munich security conference, to hold a...

  • Aly Raisman Is More Than An Olympic Champion

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    August 9, 2012 | 7:31 am

    Aly Raisman is not only a gold-medalist Olympic Champion, but she is a Jew with a conscience, a memory, and not afraid to speak truth to power. Her use of Hava Nagila as the music for her individual routines was deliberately chosen as a statement of protest to the International Olympic Committee that refused to honor the 11 Israeli athletes murdered by Palestinian terrorists at the Munich Olympics in 1972. Read the full story here.

    Kol hakavod to Aly not only for her medals, but for her character!

  • The Names and Stories of the 11 Slain Israeli Olympians

    By Rabbi John Rosove

    July 29, 2012 | 8:00 am

    Much has been written about the refusal of the leadership of the IOC to honor the memory of the 11 Israeli athletes murdered during the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich in a way befitting them as Olympians during opening ceremonies in London on Friday evening. 

    It is important, of...

  • L.A. leaders denounce IOC at Munich 11 commemoration [VIDEO+SLIDESHOW]

    By Ryan Torok

    July 27, 2012 | 4:21 pm

    Community leaders gathered at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum today to observe a moment of silence for the 11 Israelis killed during the 1972 Olympics in Munich. The leaders also denounced the International Olympic Committee (IOC) for its refusal to hold a similar commemoration...

  • IOC denies in-person appeal for minute of silence

    July 26, 2012 | 10:00 am

    The International Olympic Committee rejected an in-person appeal for a minute of silence at the opening ceremonies of the London Games by the widows of two of the 11 Israelis slain at the 1972 Summer Olympics in Munich.

    Ankie Spitzer and Ilana Romano presented their request to IOC...

  • Munich widows call for own moment of silence at opening ceremonies

    July 25, 2012 | 10:53 am

    Widows of Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics are asking the crowd at the opening ceremonies of the London Games to stand for a minute of silence, regardless of whether the International Olympic Committee recognizes it.

    “He told us that when he heard the explosions in...

  • Australian Jewish leaders call for national minute of silence

    July 24, 2012 | 10:24 am

    Australian Jewish leaders have urged all Australians to hold a moment of silence in honor of the 11 Israelis murdered at the 1972 Munich Olympics.

    In a joint statement released Tuesday, Dr. Danny Lamm, head of the Executive Council of Australian Jewry, and Philip Chester, head of...

  • Where are the Munich elegies?

    July 23, 2012 | 4:19 pm

    This year, Tisha b’Av marks not only the destruction of both Temples, but with the opening ceremony of the London Olympics just a night earlier, the 40th anniversary of the Munich massacre.

    On this day of mourning and fasting, which begins at sundown on Saturday, how can we remember...

  • Report: Germany was warned a month before ‘72 Olympics attack

    July 23, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Germany was warned about a possible terror attack against Israeli athletes one month before the Munich Olympics in 1972, Der Spiegel reported.

    The weekly magazine reported Sunday on its website that though solid warnings of an attack plan were received a month before the Games, no...

  • British publisher to fight ‘Mein Kampf’ ban

    March 15, 2012 | 2:21 pm

    A British publisher is vowing to fight a Munich court’s decision to permanently ban his publication of excerpts of Hitler’s “Mein Kampf.”

    Peter McGee wanted to print excerpts last January in a 16-page insert to his German publication “Zeitungszeugen,” or “Newspaper...

  • ‘72 Munich Olympic attack survivors return with mixed feelings

    February 23, 2012 | 6:09 pm

    A survivor of the 1972 Munich Olympic attack felt like he was “floating on a cloud of love” as he returned to the southern German city this week with several other team mates to take part in a documentary marking the 40th anniversary.

    The seven men, all members of the then Israeli...

  • Writer’s Guild to Honor ‘Extremely’ Talented Screenwriter Eric Roth

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    January 26, 2012 | 1:05 pm

    Several weeks before he was to receive the lifetime achievement award from the Writers Guild of America, West, Eric Roth was in his study in Malibu conducting a breezy conversation that veered from his communist Jewish parents to his Oscar-winning screenplay for “Forrest Gump.”...

  • Opinion: A river runs through it: Answering Spielberg’s ‘Munich’

    January 11, 2012 | 6:00 pm

    There is a scene at the end of Steven Spielberg’s controversial 2005 film, “Munich,” that disappointed a lot of Israel’s supporters. Spielberg’s camera caresses the dramatic Manhattan skyline, pans over the East River and ends hauntingly at the Twin Towers, which were still...

  • Rod Lurie On Dustin Hoffman and His Remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...

  • Body of Munich man found in Ecuador river

    August 15, 2011 | 1:12 pm

    The body of a 21-year-old Jewish man from Munich was found by residents of a town along Ecuador’s Pastaza River.

    Family spokesman Marc Schmerz announced the death of Jonathan Simon on Facebook Aug. 13, saying “Unfortunately we have to announce that Jonathan´s dead body was found...

  • Demjanjuk conviction hailed as long-awaited victory for justice

    May 16, 2011 | 4:19 pm

    The guilty verdict pronounced May 12 against John Demjanjuk in a Munich courtroom was a long time coming.

    Following a trial that lasted a year and a half—capping more than three decades of legal drama—the 91-year-old former Ohio autoworker is now officially recognized as a war...

  • ID card of Israeli athlete killed in Munich returned

    February 23, 2011 | 1:34 pm

    The national identification card of an athlete murdered during the Munich Olympics was returned to his family.

    In a ceremony Wednesday at the Foreign Affairs Ministry, the ID card of wrestler Eliezer Halfin was returned to his sister, Rima Goldwasser.

    Halfin was one of 11 Israeli...

  • Munich bids on Olympics as memorial fight continues

    January 12, 2011 | 9:47 am

    Munich, Germany has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2018 Winter Olympics, as widows of victims of the 1972 games massacre fight for an opening ceremonies memorial.

    Munich’s 2018 Winter Olympics bid committee on Tuesday handed over its bid book to officials from the...

  • Planner of Munich Olympic massacre dies

    August 18, 2010 | 10:09 am

    A planner of the 1972 attack on Israel’s Olympic team in Munich and one of the founders of the Palestinian security services has died.

    Amin al-Hindi died in a hospital in Amman on Tuesday night of liver and pancreatic cancer. He was 70.

    Eleven Israeli athletes were kidnapped...

  • VIDEO: Israeli Olympic athletes remembered

    August 5, 2008 | 1:26 am

    YouTube member JewishFan writes of his video:

    Remembering the massacre, and the brutality and tactics of the Arab terrorists, is important and relevant: There are millions of radical Muslims today who, if they had the chance, would kill all the Jews and even be willing to blow themselves up to do it.

    It reminds us that Israel cannot let its guard down for one moment nor can we, as Jews. There are murderers out there wanting to kill us; in fact, plotting to kill us even as this is being written.

    Photo montages, vintage news footage, music (Enya.)

  • Munich massacre survivor still carries Olympic scars

    July 31, 2008 | 1:50 am

    SAN FRANCISCO (JTA)—The Munich Olympics were meant to be a defining moment in Dan Alon’s life—but not the way they turned out.

    Alon was one of five Israeli athletes who escaped the 1972 massacre of Israel’s Olympic team by Palestinian terrorists.

    Thirty-six years later, he still...

  • Briefs:  100th birthday for Workmen’s Circle; ‘Kosher’ is numero uno

    January 3, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    A Century of the Workmen's Circle

    Under the banner of "For a more beautiful and better world," the Workmen's Circle in California will mark its centennial with Yiddish songs, historical anecdotes and tributes to noted community members.

    Actor and social activist Ed Asner will...

  • Kushner’s (old) testament to Lincoln

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 25, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Tony Kushner burst into the zeitgeist in the early 1990s with his operatic "Angels in America: A Gay Fantasia on National Themes," a two-evening exploration of rage, hope and irony in the era of AIDS and Reagan Republicanism. The epic, which like all of Kushner's work is as defined...
  • Weisz Gets Gold;  ‘Munich’ Out in the Cold

    By Tom Tugend

    March 9, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Munich" and "Paradise Now," two films subjected to considerable controversy in the American Jewish community and Israel, came up empty-handed at Sunday evening's Academy Awards ceremonies.

    Not at all controversial was the selection of Rachel Weisz as best supporting actress in "The...

  • Community Briefs

    By David Finnigan

    February 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    'Munich' Still Topic of Debate

    Even with Republican sponsors and a largely Republican audience, the panelists at a recent discussion on Steven Spielberg's "Munich" covered most of the spectrum from left to right.

    At the event, held at Pepperdine University's School of Public Policy...

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