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  • Could You Help Me Find My Uncle?

    By Robert Stevens

    March 2, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Dear President Ahmadinejad:

    Allow me to introduce myself to you. My name is Robert Stevens, and I am a 27-year-old child of Holocaust survivors. The purpose of my letter is not to criticize you for being anti-Semitic or for wanting to wipe Israel off the face of the earth or for...

  • Exposing the ‘Truth’ of Life at Warsaw

    By Tom Tugend

    February 16, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    "Scream the truth at the world, so the world may know all," Dawid Gruber, 19, wrote in his final testament.

    The place was the Warsaw Ghetto, the time August 1942, and Gruber placed his testament with thousands of other papers and documents on daily life under Nazi rule into 10 tin...

  • The Circuit

    By Norma Zager

    January 26, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Leaving a Legacy

    Fariba Nourfshan of Beverly Hills and Holli Rabishaw of Tarzana were among 22 young women selected to participate in Hadassah's recent Young Women's Legacy Mission to Poland and Israel. The program was designed to connect young women with their Israeli heritage and...

  • Limon’s Company Revives a Classic Dance

    By Susan Josephs

    December 8, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    In 1957, Jose Limon toured Poland with his dance company. In the rubble-strewn cities still reeling from the ravages of World War II, the choreographer contemplated the resilience of people in the aftermath of great tragedy. And when he stood before the ruins of the Warsaw Ghetto,...

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  • Polish Leader Has Extremist Allies

    By Dinah Spritzer

    December 1, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The new president of Poland was elected with the backing of anti-Semitic supporters. But not all Polish Jewish officials believe that Lech Kaczynski, who will take office in December, should be criticized for his extremist bedfellows.

    Kaczynski, the former mayor of Warsaw, was...

  • Books - ‘Love’ Tries to Solve Mystery of the Heart

    By Sandee Brawarsky

    June 9, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    "The History of Love" By Nicole Krauss (W.W. Norton, $23.95).

    "The History of Love" is the name of a book within Nicole Krauss's remarkable new novel of the same name, "The History of Love" (Norton). The inner novel has had a life of its own, written in Yiddish in Poland and thought...

  • Shadows Obscure Illegal Aliens’ Hopes

    By Andy Glass

    May 26, 2005 | 8:00 pm

    In speaking about illegal aliens, President Bush says the time has come to bring "millions of hard-working men and women out of the shadows."

    However, Republican leaders in Congress claim that Bush's proposals would reward lawbreakers. They soon plan to pass legislation tightening...

  • Teens Take a March to Remember

    By Jane Ulman

    May 12, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    David Grossman, 18, wanted to make the Holocaust more personal. Eliya Shachar, 18, wished to understand her grandmother's pain. And Max Kappel, 17, wanted to find a tangible place to comprehend the Shoah.

    They were among 51 teenagers from Los Angeles who took part in last week's...

  • John Paul II and the Jews

    By Rabbi Marvin Hier

    April 7, 2005 | 8:00 pm



    For 20 centuries, the Catholic Church has had a turbulent relationship with the Jewish people. Jews were persecuted and held responsible for the death of Jesus, and were often the victims of church-instigated pogroms and anti-Semitic attacks.

    With the passing of Pope John...

  • The Nazi Who Saved the Rebbe

    By Gaby Wenig

    March 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    "Rescued From The Reich: How One of Hitler's Soldiers Saved the Lubavitcher Rebbe," by Bryan Mark Rigg, Yale University Press, 2004.

    When a German army officer trawled the streets of Warsaw in 1940 looking for Rabbi Joseph Isaac Schneersohn, the sixth Lubavitcher rebbe, people...

  • Auschwitz Memorial Marks ‘45 Liberation

    By Toby Axelrod

    February 3, 2005 | 7:00 pm

    The last time Trudy Spira was in Auschwitz, she was 12 years old. The day of liberation "is my second birthday -- I was reborn on that day," said Spira, who came from Venezuela with her son, Ernesto, 48, to show him the place that robbed her of her childhood.

    Ziggy Shipper, 75, and...

  • Ceremonies to Mark Auschwitz Liberation

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    January 20, 2005 | 7:00 pm

     

    Each year, the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau by Soviet forces is marked on Jan. 27, but this year, the 60th anniversary has given Poland, site of the most infamous Nazi death camps, a special opportunity for remembrance and reflection.

    The anniversary ceremonies, which will be...

  • Ex-Communist ‘Burb Makes Menorahs

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    December 2, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    The model suburb of Nowa Huta was built here under a Communist philosophy of atheism.

    Now it houses a workshop that manufactures menorahs -- popular with both Poles and tourists.

    Metalodlew, a private company that was started 10 years ago, rents space from the Nowa Huta...

  • Documenting Identity

    By Annette Insdorf

    May 6, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    In 1990, Oren Rudavsky and Yale Strom co-directed "At the Crossroads: Jews in Eastern Europe Today," a wonderfully poignant and hopeful documentary about a rather complicated subject. It followed Strom, a klezmer musician, speaking Yiddish to elderly Jews in Hungary, Czechoslovakia...

  • Polish City Unveils Its Jewish History

    By Carolyn Slutsky

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Czestochowa is known around the world as the site of the Jasna Góra Monastery, a pilgrimage place for Poles and other Catholics who flock there to see the famous painting of the Black Madonna.

    Soon, residents also will be able to learn about local Jewish history. An exhibition on...

  • Israel Growing as Arms Dealer

    By Leslie Susser

    March 4, 2004 | 7:00 pm

    To every black cloud, they say, there is a silver lining. Under constant threat from terrorists and hostile neighbors, Israel has become an expert in security -- and that expertise is generating huge profits.

    Israel has been one of the world's big arms sellers for more than a decade,...

  • Delicious Link to the Past

    By Ellen Press

    December 18, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Year after year I would walk up the pathway to Grandma Gussie's apartment, passing her kitchen window on the way to the door. I would hear the clanging of spoons, chopping of potatoes and vegetables or the tea kettle whistling on her tiny stove. My senses filled with the aromas of...

  • Why I Fast

    By Nathan Gutman

    October 2, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    To me, the Yom Kippur fast always had a special meaning -- and the Yom Kippur of 1944 was particularly special. I fasted on that Yom Kippur, too. I was then prisoner No. 86619 in the slave labor camp of St. Valentin, far in the mountains of Austria.

    On Yom Kippur eve I put the...

  • Polish Director Honors Legacy With Classic Tale

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    August 7, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Before her Jewish father died in Polish police custody in 1961, director Agnieszka Holland saw the legendary 1937 Yiddish film, "The Dybbuk," based on S. Ansky's play. Decades later, she remembered the movie as she prepared to direct her first Polish film since she was exiled from...

  • Sound of Silence

    By Sharon Schatz Rosenthal

    June 19, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    "So, maybe we should get to know each other."

    My husband Glenn's voice cracked like an adolescent as he broke the hour-long quiet inside the car. Glenn looked expectantly toward Jacek, a partner at a Warsaw-based software company and Glenn's business contact.

    When I had decided to...

  • Straight From Heaven

    By Rabbi Elazar Muskin

    April 30, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    During April 1996, I led what was going to be my first of numerous trips to Poland. On that trip I served as the rabbinic adviser for 40 high school students who were participating in the March of the Living program.

    On our trip we took the students to the city of Lublin, and we...

  • Community Briefs

    February 13, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Prime Minister Touts Museum

    If there was any doubt that the Polish government is taking seriously plans to build a Museum of Polish Jewish History in Warsaw, they were put to rest Feb. 5 in Beverly Hills.

    That's when Leszek Miller, prime minister of Poland, met with about 100...

  • ‘Invincible’ Obsession

    By Judy Bart Kancigor

    August 29, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    In the 1920s, the son of a destitute blacksmith from Lodz, Poland, amazed the world with his feats of strength. Heralded as the modern Samson and the Iron King, Zishe Breitbart became a Jewish folk hero, twisting bars of iron, pulling trains by his teeth and killing bulls with his...

  • A Survivor’s ‘Triumph’

    By Andrea Adelson

    December 13, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    "Testimonies of Triumph," a short film about a Jewish Polish family that endured years in hiding to escape the Holocaust, is to have its first broadcast Dec. 17 at 7:30 p.m. on public television station KOCE.

    Jack Pariser, a 71-year-old Holocaust survivor, narrates the 28-minute...

  • Power of the Past

    By Jane Ulman

    August 9, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    My son Zack, 17, is celebrating Shabbat dinner tonight at the Bohema Restaurant in Krakow, Poland.

    In fact, not only is he celebrating Shabbat, but he and his group -- 15 students from Milken Community High School in Los Angeles and 140 students from Tichon Chadash High School in...

  • Poles Remember Massacre

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    July 12, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    Sixty years after hundreds of Jews in a Polish village were slaughtered by their neighbors, Polish President Aleksander Kwasniewski offered an apology.

    "For this crime, we should beg the souls of the dead and their families for forgiveness," Kwasniewski told about 3,000 people...

  • ‘Neighbors’

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Responding to widespread debate over Poles' participation in a 1941 massacre of Jews, Poland's political and religious leaders are calling on Polish citizens to confront their past.

    "We have an obligation to honor the memory of the victims and to establish the truth," Prime Minister...

  • Restoring Hope

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    A prayer and study center honoring Jewish life has opened near the place that for more than half a century has been the paramount symbol of Jewish death.

    Jordan's Prince Hassan joined Roman Catholic clergy, Polish, U.S. and Israeli officials and Holocaust survivors in an emotional...

  • A Survivor’s Story

    By Tom Tugend

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After we made "Schindler's List," more and more Holocaust survivors came up to me ,and every one of them said, "Now let me tell you MY story." And each story was different and compelling. - Steven Spielberg

    This is the story of Henryk Rosmarin, his harmonica, and his love for a girl...

  • Rebirth in Wroclaw

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    July 13, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    When Curt Fissel stomped on the glass after his wedding in the southwestern Polish city of Wroclaw, the congregation erupted into loud applause and a resounding chorus of "Mazel tov!"But the joyous response went far beyond heartfelt good wishes to Fissel and his bride, Ellen...

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