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  • Becoming a Nephew

    By Tom Teicholz

    November 25, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Today, I am a nephew. Last weekend, the names of more than 3 million persons murdered in the Holocaust were posted on the Internet as part of a searchable database created by Yad Vashem in Jerusalem.

    Yad Vashem was established in 1950 by an act of the Knesset, the Israeli...

  • Slave Laborers Get Final Claims Check

    By Tom Tugend

    August 12, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Frieda Moldavan had to wait 60 years, but last week she was finally "compensated" for digging German anti-tank trenches outside Budapest in the bitter winter of 1944.

    Moldavan received a check for slightly more than $3,000 -- the same amount paid to the other 4,325 former Jewish...

  • Centenarian Recalls Steps of Survival

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    When she was in her 30s, Hansi Goetter developed a mysterious illness. Although her doctors couldn't determine the cause, they told her she had only a few months to live.

    That was 70 years ago. Last month, Goetter celebrated her 104th birthday in the company of her daughter, Erica...

  • World Briefs

    January 29, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    Was an Offer Made?

    Ariel Sharon denied that his office sought Israeli settlers' agreement to dismantle some illegal West Bank outposts. The denial by Israel's prime minister came after a spokesman for a settlers' group said the group had rejected the offer. Sharon is planning to...

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  • Campaign by PETA Profanes Holocaust

    By Joel Geiderman

    September 18, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) took its campaign equating factory-farm animals to Holocaust victims to the streets of Los Angeles this week with a protest in front of the Simon Wiesenthal Center Tuesday at noon (see story on page 12).

    The protest speaks to PETA's...

  • The Uris Inspiration

    By Aviva Kempner

    July 10, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    I was saddened to hear author Leon Uris died. I regret never having the opportunity to tell him how "Exodus" and "Mila 18" had inspired my Jewish identity and filmmaking career.

    Born in Berlin after World War II, I was the product of a war marriage between a Polish Holocaust survivor...

  • Soldier Survivors of Berga

    By Tom Tugend

    May 22, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    After the American Army liberated them, the surviving prisoners looked like walking skeletons. They had been beaten, starved, humiliated, forced to dig tunnels under inhuman conditions and prodded through a 150-mile death march.

    A sad, familiar Holocaust story. Except that these...

  • Exhibit to Detail Nazi Persecution of Gays

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 15, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Dr. Edward Phillips set out to create the first English-language exhibit on the Nazi persecution of homosexuals, opening Sunday at the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust, information proved elusive.

    Crucial records had vanished when the Allies bombed the Reich's Central Office...

  • Israel Fest Expands Celebration Borders

    By Wendy J. Madnick

    May 8, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    UCLA Hillel special events coordinator Guy Kochlani was born in Tel Aviv, but he was never actively involved in supporting Israel -- until the day three years ago when a group of Palestinian students interrupted the Yom HaAtzmaut celebration on campus.

    "I couldn't believe it -- these...

  • 60th Anniversary Reunites Orphans

    By Beverly Gray

    April 24, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    When Miriam Weichelbaum and Henri Dybnis were married on March 26, 1943, their future did not look promising. Their wedding took place in wartime France, where the two young educators -- he a refugee from Russia, she from Germany -- ran a home for displaced Jewish children. Ten...

  • Russia Returns 16 Long-Sought Books

    By Lev Krichevsky

    December 26, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The Lubavitch movement is celebrating the transfer of 16 more religious books to a Lubavitch-run synagogue in Moscow. But it is unclear when -- and indeed, if -- the balance of the thousands of books that make up the "Schneerson Library" will come into the ultra-Orthodox group's...

  • Antwerp’s Diamonds, Jews Are Forever

    By Annette Bishop

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    If you own a diamond, you can be 80 percent sure it's been to Antwerp, Belgium, at some point in its life. Perhaps it was graded there in the heart of ancient Europe -- or ground, polished, valued, bought or sold there.

    Diamonds might be everlasting, but there is another fascinating...

  • Old Wallet in Berlin Keeps Memory Alive

    By Steve North

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In August 1942, the Gestapo arrested Walter and Elisabeth Blumenthal, an elderly Jewish couple in Berlin. As they were driven away on a truck, a neighbor noticed Walter tossing something from the vehicle. The neighbor later retrieved the object: a brown leather wallet, elaborately...

  • Death Camp Uprising

    By Alan Riding

    September 5, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the history of the Holocaust, the Sobibor death camp in Eastern Poland has remained something of a footnote, a place where 260,000 Jews were murdered, as opposed to at least 1.1 million in Auschwitz-Birkenau. Having operated for just 18 months and closed long before the Allied...

  • The Power of Music

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "The Children of Willesden Lane: Beyond the Kindertransport: A Memoir of Music, Love, and Survival" by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen (Warner Books $23.95).

    Vienna, 1938. In the city of Mozart, Schubert, Beethoven and Strauss, 14-year-old musical prodigy Lisa Jura looks forward to a...

  • Furor Over Der Fuhrer

    By Sally Ogle Davis

    August 15, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    "Attempts to find in the youngster 'the warped person within the murderous dictator' have proved unpersuasive. If we exclude our knowledge of what was to come, his family circumstances invoke, for the most part, sympathy for the child exposed to them."
    -- Ian Kershaw,

    "Hitler:...

  • Relevant on the Roof

    By Chad Simon

    June 6, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    To life, to life, l'chaim!



    The famous musical, "Fiddler on the Roof," which celebrates life and Jewish family tradition during turbulent times, is coming to town, and what better time than now?

    Originally written by Shalom Aleichem and turned into a film by Joseph Stein and Norman...

  • Almost Olympian

    By Rachel Brand

    February 28, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Although Salt Lake City hosted several Jewish Olympians this year, including figure skater Sasha Cohen, the Olympic games haven't always been so welcoming to Jewish athletes.

    Bernd Stevens said he might have competed in skiing in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, "if it hadn't been for being...

  • A Time to Pay

    By Tom Hayden

    July 26, 2001 | 7:59 pm

    The largest Holocaust-era German insurance company has not paid a single claim to survivors. Meanwhile, the international commission created to resolve Holocaust claims disputes has spent $30 million on administrative costs, compared to $3 million distributed to elderly survivors....

  • An Insult to Our Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A German corporation that used slave labor to produce some of the weapons that killed American soldiers is now building a monument in Washington to honor the Americans who fought and died in World War II.

    How do I know? I was one of those slave laborers. There were 30,000 of us...

  • Test of Fear

    By Tom Tugend

    June 7, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Millions of civilians faced the ultimate test of character when Nazi armies occupied their countries and started deporting their Jewish neighbors.

    Most reacted like normal human beings; that is, they looked the other way, when they did not actively collaborate with the conqueror. A...

  • Planning the Holocaust

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 17, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Kenneth Branagh, dapper in his SS costume, his blond hair neatly slicked back, coldly spat out the words during production of the HBO film "Conspiracy": "Dead men don't hump. Dead women don't get pregnant. Death is the most reliable form of sterilization."

    He was sitting on a...

  • ‘Gathering’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Arje Shaw's first memory was crawling across the floor, finding a piece of black, moldy bread and dipping the crust in water in order to chew it. He was 18 months old. "I looked like a Biafran baby," he says.



    The time was World War II, the place Tashkent, Uzbekistan,...

  • Return of a Classic

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    For the first time since 1987, and for the first time ever in the original French, "The Sorrow and the Pity," Marcel Ophüls' seminal documentary about France under Nazi occupation, comes to the U.S., including Los Angeles, this week.

    Since the film's 1971 release, there have been...

  • Nazi in the Catskills

    December 9, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    Ellenville, N.Y., is a little village in the Catskills, population 4,200, located 90 miles northwest of New York City. It's the heart of what used to be the Borscht Belt, before Jews discovered Aspen and Antigua. Times have changed, but Ellenville still boasts a couple of grand...
  • 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...
  • Speaking of Evil—and of Acting

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the last few months, I have been involved with "Speaking of Evil," an original play based on the life of Kurt Gerstein. Gerstein was a member of the Waffen S.S., one of the most deadly and heartless arms of the Third Reich. According to his memoirs and letters, he entered the...
  • Striking a Discordant Note

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Gottfried Wagner was only 9 when he stole a key his father had hidden and slipped into the Festspielhaus, the shrine to his great-grandfather, Richard Wagner.

    With his heart pounding, he sneaked into the dusty, dirty rooms above the old set-painting workshop and made a startling...

  • Hitler Viewed in an ‘Empty Mirror’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 6, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    When the Dalai Lama visited Israel several years ago, the story goes, someone asked him whether Hitler had possessed "Buddha nature." The Tibetan holy man nodded. Every person possesses Buddha nature; it's our attachments and delusions that result in our suffering and in behaviors...
  • A Journey into the Heart of Darkness

    By Michael D. Braun

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    There was something haunting about taking the train. The aged boxcars on a parallel track seemed frozen in time. I quieted my thoughts. After all, the train was a necessary evil. This bitter irony was not lost on me as the train sped from Munich to Dachau on probably the very same...
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