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  • Bank Leumi settles on payout to Shoah heirs

    March 28, 2011 | 10:31 am

    Bank Leumi has agreed to pay nearly $37 million to the heirs of Holocaust victims and to projects that help Israeli survivors.

    The Israeli bank reached a settlement Sunday with Hashava-The Company for Location and Restitution of Holocaust Victims’ Assets, a company started by the...

  • ‘Shoah’ playing in Iran

    March 8, 2011 | 10:26 am

    The Holocaust documentary “Shoah” is being broadcast in Iran.

    The 1985 documentary by French director Claude Lanzmann was scheduled to be presented this week on a satellite channel and is dubbed in Farsi. Satellites are banned in Iran, but many Iranians have them and therefore could...

  • Yad Vashem has identified 4 million Shoah victims

    December 22, 2010 | 11:08 am

    Yad Vashem says it has identified two-thirds of the Jews murdered in the Holocaust.

    Israel’s Holocaust Martyrs’ and Heroes’ Remembrance Authority in the last decade has added about 1.4 million names to its central database of Shoah victims’ names, bringing the total number of...

  • “The Desperate” wins best short film at Hollywood Film Festival

    By Karmel Melamed

    October 27, 2010 | 8:01 am

    Iranian Jewish filmmaker Ben Hur Sepher was shocked on Sunday night Oct. 24 when his independent short film “The Desperate” was announced as the best short film at the Hollywood Film Festival. A humble Sepher accepted the trophy for the heart-wrenching film that deals with an...

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  • USC Conference Spotlights Shoah Foundation’s Visual History Archive

    April 13, 2010 | 5:55 pm

    The USC Shoah Foundation Institute for Visual History and Education hosted its first International Digital Access, Outreach and Research Conference, highlighting the foundation’s visual history archive, which contains 52,000 video interviews with Holocaust survivors and witnesses...

  • Webcast: New Shoah film from Sepher makes a splash!

    By Karmel Melamed

    January 27, 2010 | 11:26 pm

    Ben Hur Sepher is one of the Iranian Jewish community’s rare filmmakers who has made a name for himself in Iran and the United States for writing, directing and producing provacative films. His occupation as a filmmaker is indeed unique in the Iranian Jewish community because...

  • Dr.Joel Geiderman Confronts Iran…and Obama?

    By Rob Eshman

    April 25, 2009 | 9:50 pm

    Last Thursday, President Barack Obama attended the Holocaust Day of Remembrance ceremony on Capital Hill and was met with some pretty strong words of warning and admonishment.  To read the account politico.com, the people on the dais with the President stopped just short of...

  • The plot to kill Hitler becomes a Tom Cruise thriller

    By Tom Tugend

    December 18, 2008 | 3:19 am

    "Valkyrie" is a historical thriller of considerable merit that mines the seemingly inexhaustible supply of movie plots rooted in Hitler's reign and World War II.

    Directed by Bryan Singer and loaded with Tom Cruise's star power, as well as exploding ammunition, the film reconstructs...

  • Them vs. Us

    By Rabbi Dov Fischer

    December 10, 2008 | 10:53 pm

    Was it Mort Sahl who said, "Just because I'm a paranoid, doesn't mean that they're not out to get me"?

    In this week's parsha, the narrative begins with the drama of Yaakov and his tender flock -- two wives, two quasi-wives, 11 sons, a daughter -- preparing to meet with an oncoming...

  • On-screen morality plays illuminate Holocaust choices

    By Tom Tugend

    December 3, 2008 | 9:00 pm

    World War II and the Holocaust ended more than 60 years ago, but the subject's fascination for filmmakers as the ultimate moral testing ground for participants on both sides only intensifies with the passage of time.

    Two interesting but flawed films opening this month illustrate the...

  • Shoah group halts talks with Mormons on posthumous baptism of Jews

    By Ben Harris

    November 20, 2008 | 3:26 am

    A Holocaust survivor organization has broken off negotiations with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) over its practice of posthumously baptizing Jewish victims of the Nazis.

    At a news conference Monday, leaders of the American Gathering of Jewish Holocaust...

  • Zwick’s ‘Defiance’ brings heroes of Jewish anti-Nazi resistance to screen

    By Tom Tugend

    November 19, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    Edward Zwick, director and co-writer of "Defiance," which dramatizes the World War II partisan resistance led by the three Jewish Bielski brothers, confided to an audience of Anti-Defamation League delegates why he made the film.

    "When I was a boy in the Midwest during the early...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Nov. 8 - 14: Healing Havdalah, comedy, films

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    November 7, 2008 | 4:27 pm

    SAT | NOVEMBER 8

    (HAVDALAH)
    Joe the Plummer. Tina Fey. Yes We Can. Terrorist ties. Maverick. Hockey mom. It's time to put the contentiousness of Election 2008 behind us. Republicans or Democrats, we are all Jews. To reunite the community, LimmudLA is hosting a "Healing Havdalah,"...
  • 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...

  • Leaders: Pope likely to postpone Pius sainthood

    November 7, 2008 | 2:24 am

    After a meeting with the pope, Jewish leaders said the beatification of Nazi-era Pope Pius XII likely would be postponed.

    Pope Benedict's move to make the controversial Pius XII a saint has outraged many Jews, who blame the late pope for staying silent in the face of Nazi atrocities...

  • 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...
  • In ‘Adam Resurrected,’ Jeff Goldblum reanimates controversial Shoah survivor

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    October 30, 2008 | 3:57 am

    In order to play the lead in "Adam Resurrected," Jeff Goldblum said he spent "months crying and crawling around on all fours."

    In the movie -- which makes its Los Angeles premiere at the AFI Film Festival and is adapted from Yoram Kaniuk's controversial 1969 novel -- Goldblum...

  • Calendar Girls Picks and Clicks Oct. 25-31: Jerusalem Symphony, Der Golem, Das Jazz, El Vote

    By Dikla Kadosh and Danielle Berrin

    October 24, 2008 | 4:28 pm

    SAT | OCTOBER 25


    (THEATER)
    A German expressionist film miraculously melds a Halloween mood with a talmudic rabbi and the Prague ghetto. "Der Golem: Wie Er in die Welt Kam" ("The Golem: How He Came Into the World") tells the legend of a clay figurine created by a rabbi to save the...

  • Anne Frank diary resonates with Cambodians

    October 6, 2008 | 7:53 pm

    PHNOM PENH, Cambodia (JTA)—As a young girl in the early 1990s, Sayana Ser often spent the night cowering in fear with her family in an underground shelter her father had dug beneath their home on the outskirts of this capital city.

    Outside, marauding bands of Khmer Rouge guerrillas...

  • Propaganda film disguised horrors of Terezin

    October 2, 2008 | 12:44 am

    The film is grainy and in black-and-white. It jumps about, slowing down at odd moments and growing dim occasionally. But it's the people that hold your attention.

    They walk about, wearing fashionable clothes, nodding a stiff hello when they spot a friend. They watch a soccer match,...

  • Yom Kippur 5769: The Art of Forgiveness

    By Jane Ulman

    October 1, 2008 | 10:28 pm

    On the 50th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz, in 1995, Eva Kor, then 61 and a real estate broker in Terre Haute, Ind., stood outside a gas chamber at the infamous camp and offered her forgiveness out loud to the late Dr. Josef Mengele for the inhumane medical experiments he...
  • Producer David Heyman and the lives of outsiders, from ‘Potter’ to ‘Pajamas’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 11, 2008 | 3:43 am

    "The Boy in the Striped Pajamas" isn't the sort of film one might initially expect from David Heyman -- the British producer who bought the rights to the "Harry Potter" books in 1997 and steered the film franchise to become the highest grossing in cinematic history.

    Harry Potter,...

  • Fields of Dreams

    By David Suissa

    September 11, 2008 | 12:20 am

    I used to think that between the time of the destruction of the Second Temple in 70 A.D., and the birth of Israel in 1948, there was no such thing as an exclusively Jewish city. Sure, there were plenty of Jewish ghettos and neighborhoods scattered throughout the globe, but a city...
  • ‘A Secret’ lets French director explore his Jewish past

    By Tom Tugend

    September 10, 2008 | 11:52 pm

    More than 60 years have passed, yet French filmmakers are still wrestling with their country's less than heroic role under Nazi occupation during World War II.

    The latest entry is "A Secret" and it posits that the sins of the fathers are visited upon the sons, not only among the...

  • Cambodia’s killing fields revisited

    September 3, 2008 | 11:07 pm

    I can vividly remember the first time I visited the Museum of Tolerance, in seventh grade. Not personally knowing anyone who had survived the Holocaust, I had been shielded from the grisly details of World War II. Simon Wiesenthal's museum showed how horrible the Holocaust actually...
  • Madonna, McCain & Hitler

    By Danielle Berrin

    August 25, 2008 | 6:11 pm

    Madonna is no stranger to provocation - it’s kinda what she does best.

    In her latest stunt, Queen Esther included a video montage in her world tour concert juxtaposing various political dictators: Adolf Hitler, Zimbabwe’s Robert Mugabe…and John McCain?

    That last image ruffled a...

  • Photos capture numbers and words of Nazis’  Final Solution

    By Kirk Silsbee

    August 20, 2008 | 11:38 pm

    Every now and then, a momentous life chapter can be triggered by a seemingly insignificant occurrence. That's what happened to Dr. Richard Ehrlich on a plane a few years ago. The monotony of the flight was broken by skimming an issue of the International Herald Tribune. A small item...
  • TV ‘terrorist’ plays Jewish hero on stage

    By  Orit Arfa

    August 12, 2008 | 10:20 pm

    I was on my sofa in Jerusalem reading the opening credits of my favorite TV show, "24,' looking for Jewish names to figure out exactly how many Jews control Hollywood. Lo and behold, I see my friend's name: Steven Schub.

    I met Schub through a networking website that connects that...
  • Key dates in recent Chinese Jewish history

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:34 pm

    BEIJING (JTA) -- The following are key dates in Chinese Jewish history:
  • 1920 Ohel Rachel Synagogue is established in Shanghai (still standing).
  • 1928-49 The first Lubavitch rabbi in China, Meir Ashkenazi, leads Shanghai’s Congregation Ohel Moshe. Built in 1927, Ohel Moshe is now...
  • Recalling Shanghai’s Jewish past

    By Alison Klayman

    August 4, 2008 | 6:25 pm

    SHANGHAI, China (JTA)—Uri Gutman had more than parades and picnics in mind a couple of years ago when the Israeli government allotted funds to its Shanghai consul general for an Israel Independence Day reception.

    Gutman wanted to make a bigger impact with a service project in the...

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