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  • The Core of Judaism

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    June 12, 2003 | 8:00 pm

    Each year, Rabbi Leib Saras made a pilgrimage to see Rebbe Dov Ber, the Maggid of Mezrich. When asked what Torah he went to learn, Leib Saras answered: "I do not go to learn interpretations of Torah. I go to watch the way he ties his shoes."

    Try this experiment: Put your hands in...

  • 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...

  • School Provides anAntidote to Grief

    By Andrea Adelson

    April 3, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    Even 56 years later, Irving Gelman recalls precisely the day of his U.S. arrival and exactly the contents of his pockets: April 19, 1947, and $5.60.

    The date marked a miraculous fresh start for a man whose generosity would later ignite dramatic changes within Orange County's Jewish...

  • Living Part Is Key for Brody

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    December 19, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    On a bitterly cold day in February 2001, actor Adrien Brody struggled to scramble over a wall into a nightmarish moonscape of a destroyed city.

    It was the first day of production of Roman Polanski's powerful Holocaust drama, "The Pianist," based on Wladyslaw Szpilman's 1946 memoir,...

  • Survival Series

    By Journal Staff

    October 31, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Thomas "Toivi" Blatt overpowered concentration camp guards during a mass escape by several hundred prisoners. Nechama Tec evaded Nazi detection by leading a double life, passing for three years as the daughter of Catholic Poles.

    Assuming a Christian identity saved Tec, but the...

  • Your Letters

    June 27, 2002 | 8:00 pm

    No More Herring

    Hirsh Goodman's attack on Norwegian herring ("No More Herring," June 21) disturbs my sense of fair play. In condemning the actions of some left-wing unions that imposed a boycott on Israeli goods, it disregards the long and close relationship that exists between the...

  • Ode to Mother

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    May 9, 2002 | 7:59 pm

    "Christmas Babies," by writer and math professor Nalsey Tinberg, opened at the Laurelgrove Theatre exactly two years after her mother's death. Just before Mother's Day, Tinberg said the piece is an ode to her widowed mom; a tiny, crusty Holocaust survivor who raised four kids by...

  • The Holocaust and Rock ‘n’ Roll

    By Scott Benarde

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    One of the first things Gene Simmons reveals in his new autobiography, "Kiss and Make-Up," is that he is the child of a Holocaust survivor. The co-founder and bassist for Kiss, one of rock's most commercially successful bands, writes that his mother, Flora Klein, a Hungarian Jew, was...

  • An Impostor Survivor

    By Baz Dreisinger

    April 4, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    In the 1948 film "Gentleman's Agreement," Phil Green, changing his last name to Greenberg, passes as a Jew in order to write a searing exposé of anti-Semitism. Over the course of the film, a strange thing starts happening: By merely passing as a Jew, Green starts identifying as one....

  • Survivor: Malibu

    By Michael Aushenker

    February 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    Forget the South Pacific, the Australian Outback and Africa -- if you want to see a real survivor, look no further than in your own backyard.

    Despite the well-chronicled hardships of its parent organization, Jewish Community Centers of Greater Los Angeles (JCCGLA), Malibu-based The...

  • Out of Africa

    By Adam Wills

    January 17, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    What started out as a joke between friends fast became a million-dollar goal for a retired Jewish soccer player.

    Ethan Zohn emerged as the sole survivor of the third installment of the CBS reality show "Survivor" during the two-hour Jan. 10 finale, defeating Kim Johnson, a...

  • Close to Home

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    November 22, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Abby Kirban and Georg Hartmann initially kept quiet about falling in love after she auditioned for a play he directed in Los Angeles in 1997.

    Why? Because she's Jewish and he's German -- a touchy liaison even half a century after the Holocaust.

    "I felt a bit uncomfortable about...

  • Teach Your Children Well

    By Tom Tugend

    September 13, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    After videotaping the testimonies of more than 50,000 Holocaust survivors during the past seven years, a foundation created by filmmaker Steven Spielberg will now shift its focus to an even more daunting task, a worldwide educational campaign against prejudice, intolerance and...

  • Reality Doesn’t Bite

    By Teresa Strasser

    September 6, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    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...

  • Your Letters

    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...

  • Survivor

    By Marlene Adler Marks

    August 2, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    It's seven months since my lung cancer diagnosis. Am I a survivor yet? It's strange to think how urgently I need that word. I understand in a personal way what cyclist Lance Armstrong, granted new life after testicular cancer, meant when he declared, "I'm not a victim, I'm a...

  • Page Dies

    By Tom Tugend

    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,...

  • What a $230 Million Deal Means to You

    By Jewish Journal Staff

    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...

  • Linking to the Past

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • ‘Survivor’ Ethics

    By Rabbi Ed Feinstein

    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...

  • New Leadership

    By Tom Tugend

    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...

  • Capturing History and Hope on Film

    By Rick Richman

    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...
  • Unintended Consequences

    By Susanna Crosby Perrin

    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...
  • Illusions at the L.A. Times

    January 13, 2000 | 7:00 pm

    Last 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...
  • Waiting for the X

    By Rina Szwarc

    October 7, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    To 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...

  • Portrait of a Survivor

    By Michael Aushenker

    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...

  • The Warrior and Witness

    By Eric Silver

    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...

  • Holocaust Images in Color

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Between 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...
  • Haggadah

    February 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    A 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...

  • Mideast

    By Eric Silver

    August 13, 1998 | 8:00 pm









    'Saving Lives Is Just Something That's in Our Blood'


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