Last night, I was watching "Big Brother," a show mocked for its lack of action. Call me crazy, but to me, it's Chekhov; it's all about the subtext. Anyway, a contestant named Bunky was voted out of the house last week. That's when I realized that slowly, quietly, the new breed of...
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September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm
August 16, 2001 | 8:00 pm
Peace Process Failure
I long for the day when the editor of any mainstream Palestinian or Islamic publication feels both the need and the license to chastise his readership as Rob Eshman did ("The Other Sides," Aug. 3) by asserting, "It's time for Jewish leaders and organizations...
August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm
March 15, 2001 | 7:00 pm
Leopold Page, a Holocaust survivor who was the catalyst for both the movie "Schindler's List" and the book on which it was based, died March 9 at the age of 87.
Born Leopold Pfefferberg in Crakow, Poland, Page served as an officer in the Polish army during World War II, was wounded,...
February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm
After last-minute negotiating, Austria, the United States and Jewish groups signed an agreement two weeks ago under which Austria agreed to pay $210 million, plus about $20 million in interest, to cover victims' property claims and unpaid insurance polices. The government also will...
January 11, 2001 | 7:00 pm
Darlene Basch has always had a fiery independent streak. Born and raised in Queens, the former Darlene Chakin was taking the F train by herself into Manhattan well before she had her Bat Mitzvah. Basch's mother, a Holocaust survivor, wanted young Darlene to be able to rely on...
September 7, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Sixteen strangers are left on a wilderness island to fend for themselves. They endure starvation, infestation, exposure to the elements. Each night they gather in council to vote one of their company off the island. Finally, only two are left. The castoffs are brought back as jury to...
May 11, 2000 | 8:00 pm
Dr. Gary J. Schiller is an associate professor at UCLA, so perhaps it is not surprising that the new chairman of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust puts education and research at the top of his agenda.Schiller's accession also marks a generational change. The son of a...
April 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm"History holds a magical power over me," says Laura Bialis, the 26-year-old producer of "Tak for Alt: Survival of a Human Spirit," the award-winning documentary that will be shown on KCET on Tues., May 2 at 10:30 p.m. and screened at the University of Judaism's Gindi Auditorium on...
April 6, 2000 | 8:00 pm"I tell you, there was never a trip like this before. The motives are terribly sad, but we are going to have a lot of fun. This is another dimension of history." With these words, Arnost Lustig and Jan Wiener, both Jewish survivors of the Shoah, embark on a trip to the Europe of...
January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pmLast Friday the Los Angeles Times published a Column One story on its front page with the headline: Danger in Denying Holocaust? The Times' story, written by staff writer Kim Murphy, purported to be an objective, balanced account of two equally reasoned positions. It was depicted as...
October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pmTo please Holocaust survivors and Jewish advocacy groups or to please the insurance companies. That's the question Gov. Gray Davis faces this week as Assembly Bill 600 sits on his desk, awaiting his approval.
Advocates for the measure -- which includes the Jewish Federation of Greater...
July 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm
Enter Bel Air Camera in Westwood and you'll find William Herskovic, owner of the popular photo supply outlet. While the story behind his store -- a local fixture since 1957 -- may be interesting, the story behind the man is absolutely jaw-dropping.
Born in Czechoslovakia, Herskovic...
April 15, 1999 | 8:00 pm
Ben-Zion Blustein, the teen-age lone survivor of a White Russian Jewish family, spent most of World War II on the run, hiding in the forest, fighting with the partisans against the German occupiers and their local collaborators.
In July 1944, when the Russians liberated the area near...
April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pmBetween 1939 and 1944, when the Lodz ghetto was the largest and most notorious Nazi slave labor camp, a bourgeois Austrian named Walter Genewein, the ghetto's chief accountant, procured a Movex 12 camera that was confiscated from a Jewish prisoner. He used his position to secure a...
February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pmA 1998 article about Chicago collector Stephen Durschslag's haggadah collection set the number of different haggadot on his shelves at 4,500, increasing almost daily.
It's probably impossible to know how many haggadot exist, but it's obvious that for every Jew, there should be a...
August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm
'Saving Lives Is Just Something That's in Our Blood'
May 7, 1998 | 8:00 pmThey must put something in the water at El Camino Real High School in Woodland Hills. Not only did the school recently take first place nationally in the fiercely competitive Academic Decathlon; another team from ECR won the first annual Jewish Quiz Bowl, on April 26, at the Westside...
June 26, 1997 | 8:00 pmElizabeth Rodgers, co-director of the documentary, "Exodus 1947."
In July 1947, a Chesapeake Bay steamer loaded with 4,500 Holocaust survivors was attacked by the British navy on its way to Palestine. The ship was called Exodus 1947, and its aborted voyage galvanized world opinion...
May 15, 1997 | 8:00 pm
Go into any synagogue, in any part of this town, and you will find them -- people whose courageous stories of survival during the Holocaust could each be the subject of a compelling movie or book. The Holocaust Remembrance Project of North Hollywood's Temple Beth Hillel more than...