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  • Leon Leyson, Schindler survivor, 83

    January 16, 2013 | 12:31 pm

    Leon Leyson, the youngest Jew to be saved by Oskar Schindler and his famous list during the Holocaust, died Jan. 12 in Whittier, following a four-year struggle with lymphoma. He was 83.

    Called “Little Leyson” by the German industrialist who saved him and 1,100 other Jews, Leyson...

  • Artists from inside the concentration camps

    By Tom Tugend

    January 9, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    The Nazis gassed and murdered 1 million prisoners at the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp complex, but they could not kill the human urge to create and leave behind a sign of their existence for future generations.

    Some 20 examples of the prisoners’ artistic legacy are on...

  • The Greenberg hurdle

    By Roger Price

    December 16, 2012 | 8:23 am

    Irving (“Yitz”) Greenberg is an American orthodox rabbi, known for critical thinking and reaching across denominational lines.  In 1977, writing about the Shoah (the Holocaust), Greenberg argued that in the future, “no statement, theological or otherwise, should be made that would...

  • Tracing Jewish genetics

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    October 24, 2012 | 2:00 pm

    The single most hotly debated (and often heartbreaking) issue of Jewish identity is whether and to what extent we carry our Jewishness in our blood. It’s a question that took on life-and-death implications during the Spanish Inquisition and again during the Shoah, but it still...

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  • October 4, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    October 4, 2012 | 3:05 am

    In-depth

    Iran Loses the Economic Battle

    John Allen Gay of the National Interest takes a hard look at the Islamic Republic's imploding financial system. 

    The Islamic Republic reportedly has funneled ten billion dollars into backing the Assad regime in Syria, yet the...

  • Shlomo Venezia, who survived being an Auschwitz Sonderkommando, dies

    October 2, 2012 | 9:30 am

    Shlomo Venezia, a Holocaust survivor who wrote about his experiences in an Auschwitz Sonderkommando unit and spent years bearing personal testimony to the Shoah, has died.

    Venezia, who was born in Salonika (Thessaloniki), Greece, died Sept. 30 in Rome at the age of 88.

    Deported...

  • Regina Hirsch

    By Jane Ulman

    September 12, 2012 | 10:20 am

    “Leave your possessions. We will bring them to you,” a Jewish commando greeted the trainload of Jews arriving at Auschwitz. He pointed to Regina Landowicz’s mother: “Too old.” And to her sister Lillie: “Too young.” Sally, another sister, took scissors from her rucksack and quickly...

  • Antwerp mayor announces new monument naming city’s Shoah victims

    August 16, 2012 | 10:29 am

    The mayor of Antwerp announced plans to build a monument to commemorate every Antwerp Jew murdered in the Holocaust.

    “It is unacceptable that unlike other European cities, the municipality of Antwerp has never erected a single monument in memory of the history” of the Holocaust,...

  • David Geffen:  prickly and terse about his Judaism

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 23, 2012 | 4:01 pm

    David Geffen, the notoriously press shy billionaire Hollywood mogul, stared at me as if I had asked him to yank out a tooth.  The setting was PBS’ summer 2012 press tour on July 22, where he was promoting the American Masters documentary, “Inventing David Geffen.” I queried how...

  • Israel salutes non-Jewish Poles for heroism and preserving Jewish memory

    July 10, 2012 | 10:14 am

    Israel in twin ceremonies honored non-Jewish Poles who rescued Jews during the Holocaust and those who have preserved Jewish memory since World War II.

    Israeli Ambassador to Poland Zvi Rav-Ner on June 8 recognized five Polish women as Righteous Gentiles for risking their lives to...

  • Germany agrees to $300 million more in restitution, Claims Conf. says

    July 9, 2012 | 4:15 pm

    Germany has agreed to provide restitution payments to an additional 80,000 Jews in what Claims Conference officials are describing as a historic breakthrough.

    The agreement, which was reached Monday in negotiations between German officials and Claims Conference representatives, is...

  • A close encounter with Steven Spielberg’s dad

    By Tom Tugend

    June 13, 2012 | 1:32 pm

    For Arnold Spielberg’s birthday in the late 1950s, his wife, Leah, gave him a Brownie movie camera. He had little chance to enjoy the present because it was immediately appropriated by his 13-year-old son, Steven.

    Young Steven Spielberg repaid the gift a year or so later, when the...

  • Gitta Seidner Ginsberg

    By Jane Ulman

    June 6, 2012 | 1:59 pm

    Gitta Seidner—known at the time by the Christian name Jannine Spinette—was abruptly awakened around 4:30 a.m. by a large commotion outside her farmhouse bedroom in Waterloo, Belgium. “No, no, no. What do you want with my goddaughter?” she heard her godmother, Alice Spinette, say....

  • Holocaust insurance claims divide the Jewish community

    June 6, 2012 | 1:49 pm

    Hardly a day goes by where Renee Firestone isn’t asked by some school, museum, reporter or filmmaker to talk about the Holocaust.

    “Somebody has to tell the story,” she said. “I am fortunate enough, at my age, to still be able to walk and talk. So I have to do it.”

    Firestone is 88,...

  • Seeking Artifacts and Inspiration, Director of Memorialized Austrian Concentration Camp Visits L.A.

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    May 30, 2012 | 11:46 am

    Like many memorialized Nazi concentration camps across Europe, Mauthausen, the largest such camp in Austria, is in the process of being renovated for a new generation of visitors. First opened to the public in 1970, the exhibition at the camp, which attracted 200,000 visitors each...

  • Jack Seror

    By Jane Ulman

    May 23, 2012 | 12:14 pm

    Jack Seror didn’t know what to do. He was 25 and knew he had to leave Salonika; it wasn’t safe for Jews. And now a contact from the Greek resistance had come to fetch him. Jack stood with his parents in their living room, crying. They hugged, kissed and hugged some more. “We have...

  • April 19, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 19, 2012 | 4:30 am

    Warsaw Ghetto Uprising Provides ‎Lessons For Our Time

    On the anniversary of the month-long ‎uprising and as Israel marks Holocaust ‎Memorial Day, Heather Robinson of ‎Algeimener urges action against those ‎threatening the destruction of the Jewish ‎state. ‎

    Today,...

  • Letters to the Editor: ‘Shoah,’ Iranian-American Jews, Passover

    April 18, 2012 | 12:13 pm

    Lessons Learned From ‘Shoah’

    When I read last week’s cover story (“An Indelible Film, ‘Shoah’ Also Reflects an Extraordinary Artist,” April 13), I was reminded of an incident in high school more than 20 years ago. I was one of only a handful of Jewish students...

  • An indelible film, ‘Shoah’ also reflects an extraordinary artist

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    April 11, 2012 | 1:30 pm

    Surely the most unpromising premise for a film ever conceived is this: Nine and one half hours of people speaking in languages you do not understand about mass murder.  Yet “Shoah” offers an experience unlike any other film, and its creator has written a memoir introducing us to...

  • Julia Moshe

    By Jane Ulman

    April 11, 2012 | 11:38 am

    In early October 1943, a day or two after Rosh Hashanah, Julia Moshe — née Costi — was walking to her bookkeeping job at the Atlas Watch Co. in Volos, Greece, when she heard footsteps behind her. “Mademoiselle, don’t turn around your head,” a male voice warned. “Yesterday SS...

  • April 5, 2012

    By Shmuel Rosner

    April 5, 2012 | 3:28 am

    Egypt’s Muddy Waters

    The Muslim Brotherhood decision to name a candidate for the Egyptian presidency throws an already wobbly transition process into further disarray, writes Nathan J. Brown of the National Interest.

    Assuming al-Shater’s candidacy and the balloting move forward,...

  • Tina Strobos, who saved Dutch Jews during the Shoah, dies

    March 5, 2012 | 10:39 am

    Tina Strobos, a medical student in Amsterdam during World War II who helped save more than 100 Jews from the Nazis, has died.

    Strobos, who had joined the Dutch resistance and later was recognized as a Righteous Among the Nations, died Feb. 27 at the age of 91.

    Strobos and her...

  • Son of Shoah survivors to challenge Chavez

    February 13, 2012 | 11:15 am

    Venezuelan opposition leader Henrique Capriles Radonski, the grandson of Holocaust survivors, will challenge President Hugo Chavez in upcoming elections.

    Capriles, 39, governor of the Miranda state, won a primary Sunday with 61 percent of the vote to become the unity candidate...

  • Oscar nominee Agnieszka Holland on “In Darkness” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 2, 2012 | 10:28 pm

    Agnieszka Holland was sitting by a window in a Los Angeles hotel recently, bathed by sunlight streaming in through slatted Venetian blinds.

    Light and dark are the prominent metaphors in her film, “In Darkness,” based on the true story of a group of Jews who escaped the...

  • British nun who saved Jews from Shoah on way to sainthood

    January 19, 2012 | 10:20 am

    A British nun who saved dozens of Jews in Rome during the Holocaust has been advanced on the road to sainthood.

    Britain’s Catholic Herald newspaper said the file on Mother Riccarda Beauchamp Hamrough, who died in 1966, was sent recently to the Vatican for investigation by the...

  • Ghetto survivors eligible for payment

    November 28, 2011 | 11:22 am

    For the first time, some survivors of Nazi-era ghettos are eligible for a one-time payment from the so-called Ghetto Fund in addition to the pensions they receive from the German government.

    Following negotiations with Germany, the Claims Conference announced that those who meet...

  • Shoah archive expanding to include testimonies of Rwandan genocide

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 8, 2011 | 12:45 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute is expanding its visual history archive to include video recordings of testimonies about genocides other than the Holocaust, starting with a collection of 50 testimonies by survivors of the 1994 genocide of Tutsis in Rwanda.

    It will be the first...

  • Aidan Quinn on Fear and Denial in “Sarah’s Key”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 21, 2011 | 7:21 pm

    “It’s fascinating that you could construct a whole view of who you are, through no fault of your own, that’s absolutely wrong,” Aidan Quinn said of his character, William, in “Sarah’s Key,” opening July 22.

    The fictional William is stunned to discover his true...

  • Kristin Scott Thomas on “Sarah’s Key:” “I Don’t See It As a ‘Holocaust’ Film” [VIDEO]

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    July 18, 2011 | 5:14 pm

    Kristin Scott Thomas conjures images of the quintessentially British thespian, having portraying upper crust or reserved characters in films such as “Four Weddings and a Funeral” and “The English Patient,” for which she received a 1997 Oscar nomination.  In previous newspaper...

  • Broadening Shoah Remembrance

    June 30, 2011 | 11:36 am

    It was the British establishment at its finest. Six years ago, several hundred Holocaust survivors filed into the Palace of Westminster for the annual Holocaust Memorial Day commemorations. The day also marked the 65th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz Birkenau. Her Majesty...

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