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  • Einstein letter sells for $14,000

    October 12, 2011 | 11:53 am

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  • Einstein letter on refugees sold for $13,936

    October 10, 2011 | 4:28 pm

    See below for complete letter.

    A 1939 letter written by Albert Einstein to a New York businessman, was sold Tuesday evening by a Los Angeles auction house for $13,936, double the anticipated price.

    “We [Jews] have no other means of self-defense than our solidarity and our...

  • First-known Hitler Writing on ‘Jewish Question’ Displayed

    By Tom Tugend

    October 2, 2011 | 10:40 am

    Ten months after the end of World War I, a 30-year-old German army veteran wrote a two-page letter in which he explained the Jewish question on what he called a “rational” and “scientific” basis.

    “An anti-Semitism based on reason must lead to a systematic combatting and...

  • Rod Lurie On Dustin Hoffman and His Remake of Sam Peckinpah’s “Straw Dogs”

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 23, 2011 | 2:48 pm

    The last time I spoke with Israeli-born writer-director Rod Lurie—whose remake of Sam Peckinpah’s controversial film, “Straw Dogs,” opened this past week – was before the premiere of “The Contender” (2000), his political thriller about a female U.S. senator (Joan Allen) who...

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  • Eichmann revisited at Loyola Law School

    By Tom Tugend

    September 19, 2011 | 8:02 pm

    In the midst of World War II, when a German general demanded that a noted Jewish radar expert be exempted from deportation to help the Nazi war effort, SS Lt. Col. Adolf Eichmann icily replied that as a matter of principle he could not make any exceptions in ensuring the success of...

  • Two Jews on Film: ‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ Review

    July 21, 2011 | 10:43 am

    ‘Captain America, The First Avenger’, directed by Joe Johnston (Wolfman) is the latest superhero to come out of the ‘Marvel’ stable.

    The year is 1941…Hitler and his merry band of Nazis are storming through Europe.

    One particular Nazi, Johann Schmidt aka Red Skull (Hugo Weaving) is...

  • Zoo director’s home to be museum to righteous couple

    May 25, 2011 | 3:19 pm

    The house where the Warsaw Zoo’s World War II-era director Jan Zabinski and his wife, Antonina, sheltered Jews from the Nazis is to become a small museum dedicated to their heroism.

    The museum dedicated to the couple will open this fall, according to a report Wednesday on Polish...

  • German Court Convicts Demjanjuk

    May 12, 2011 | 1:22 pm

    The best thing about the Demjanjuk conviction (read the L.A. Times Article) is that the case works from the bottom up. The low level functionary - Demjanjuk was only a guard at Sobibor—is brought to justice.

    The worst thing is that for every Himmler or Eichman, there were many...

  • John Demjanjuk found guilty of war crimes

    May 12, 2011 | 8:11 am

    A Munich court has found John Demjanjuk guilty of war crimes, and sentenced the 91-year-old former autoworker to five years in prison.

    Thursday’s verdict came after 93 court days, including deeply affecting testimony from Dutch survivors and their kin, and monologues by Demjanjuk’s...

  • Italian priest posthumously named Righteous Among Nations

    May 9, 2011 | 10:18 am

    The local priest in a small town in northwest Italy has been named Righteous among Nations for saving a Jewish family during World War II.

    Father Martino Michelone, who died in 1979, hid four members of the Segre family for nearly two years between 1943 and 1945 in Moransengo, near...

  • Wiesenthal Center: Will, not age, major obstacle in Nazi prosecutions

    May 5, 2011 | 10:29 am

    A lack of political will is more to blame than aging in the failure to prosecute Nazi-era war criminals, the Simon Wiesenthal Center said in an annual report.

    “The lack of political will to bring Nazis war criminals to justice and/or to punish them continues to be the major obstacle...

  • Remember Me project will identify child survivors

    March 29, 2011 | 10:15 am

    A project to identify child survivors of the Holocaust has been launched.

    The United States Holocaust Memorial Museum is asking for the public’s help in identifying photos of 1,100 children, some of the tens of thousands of children who found themselves alone and scattered across...

  • Will Austria part with Hitler’s Vermeer?

    March 17, 2011 | 11:00 am

    If only Adolf Hitler had been accepted to art school, the old joke goes, he never would have felt the need to conquer the world. Unable to fulfill his dream of becoming an artist, Hitler rampaged through Europe looting and pillaging its great treasures. One of his trophies, Jan...

  • First newly built Reform synagogue since WWII dedicated in Germany

    February 22, 2011 | 10:13 am

    Germany’s first newly built Reform synagogue since World War II was dedicated during ceremonies in the city of Hameln.

    The building was constructed on the site of the former synagogue destroyed on the night of Nov. 9, 1938 in the Kristallnacht pogrom against Jews, their property and...

  • Alex Nagorny Under Investigation In Germany For Nazi Killings

    February 18, 2011 | 12:08 pm

    A German prosecutor told The Associated Press on Friday that he has opened a murder investigation against a key witness in the trial of John Demjanjuk on allegations the man may have been involved in mass killings at the Nazis’ Treblinka concentration camp.

    The probe is based on...

  • Helen Thomas: Jews were not persecuted in Europe after war so should have stayed there [VIDEO]

    February 18, 2011 | 10:25 am

    Former White House correspondent Helen Thomas said the Jews did not have to leave postwar Europe because they weren’t persecuted.

    In an interview Wednesday on CNN’s “Joy Behar” program, Thomas told Behar that once World War II ended, the Jews “didn’t have to go anywhere...

  • Jewish leaders slam memorial day for expelled Germans

    February 17, 2011 | 10:21 am

    Jewish leaders and political groups in Germany condemning a proposed national day of remembrance for the 12 million ethnic Germans expelled from Eastern Europe after World War II.

    The proposal was to be heard in parliament Thursday.

    Stephan Kramer, general secretary of the Central...

  • Germany knew Eichmann’s whereabouts, documents show

    January 11, 2011 | 10:40 am

    The notorious Nazi Adolf Eichmann could have been caught sooner if Germany’s intelligence agency had assisted, new information has revealed.

    The German Information Agency knew as early as 1952 that Eichmann, a chief organizer of the Nazi genocide against the Jews, was hiding in...

  • In saving Jewish remnants in Galicia, an effort to enlist Ukrainians

    December 20, 2010 | 1:27 pm

    On a sloping green hill tucked between small farmsteads, the mottled graves of Jews buried here since the 1600s rise up like a forgotten forest.

    Trudging through the mud between the tilted stones, their chiseled Hebrew lettering and renderings of menorahs sometimes barely visible,...

  • Valley Jewish war vets fight an old enemy on the home front: Invisibility

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 10, 2010 | 10:11 am

    Listen to interviews with Jewish War Veterans:
    Track 1: Seymour Bloom and Marty Falk, two members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 603 in the San Fernando Valley, talk about what it means to be an American Jewish vet. Listen here.
    Track 2: A story from Korean War Veteran Seymour...

  • The Jewish War Veterans of Post 603 [AUDIO]

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    November 9, 2010 | 1:31 pm

    Listen to interviews with Jewish War Veterans:
    Track 1: Seymour Bloom and Marty Falk, two members of the Jewish War Veterans Post 603 in the San Fernando Valley, talk about what it means to be an American Jewish vet. Listen here.
    Track 2: A story from Korean War Veteran Seymour...

  • ‘Defiance’ celebrates Jews’ daring acts of WW II resistance

    By Tom Tugend

    December 25, 2008 | 6:28 pm

    "Every day of freedom is like an act of faith," says Tuvia Bielski, one of three brothers who led a partisan group battling Nazi troops in the forests of Belarus.

    Tuvia (Daniel Craig), Zus (Liev Schreiber) and Asael (Jamie Bell) are the heroes of "Defiance," which chronicles not only...

  • Day at the beach—Omaha Beach

    By Raphael J. Sonenshein

    December 11, 2008 | 1:47 am

    June 6, 1944, may have been the most important day of the 20th century. The Allied invasion of France breached Hitler's Atlantic Wall and decisively turned the war against the Nazi regime.

    The invasion itself was a combination of great leadership, detailed planning and a brilliant...

  • 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...

  • ‘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...

  • L.A.‘s German Jews celebrate club’s 75th year

    By Peter L. Rothholz

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    When Adolf Hitler came to power in 1933, one of his principal goals was to rid Germany of its Jews, to make the country Judenrein. German Jews, many of whom had considered themselves more German than Jewish, began to search for secure havens. From 1933 until the outbreak of World War...
  • I am now the voice of my parents

    By Julie Kohner

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    There was never a time in my life when I did not know about the Holocaust.

    As I was growing up, when my friends were visiting their grandparents, I didn't have grandparents. I asked my parents why and was told they had died a long time ago. When I continued asking, they said my...

  • Crooks aid Nazi cash plot in Austria’s Oscar hopeful

    By Tom Tugend

    February 21, 2008 | 5:00 pm

    Austria's "Counterfeiters," one of five foreign-language films vying for Oscar honors, probes the moral dilemmas facing a special group of Jewish concentration camp inmates in one of the more remarkable episodes of World War II.

    In 1943, as the Nazis realize that the war is going...

  • Oh, you sons of Moses—with your crooked noses

    By Danielle Berrin

    January 10, 2008 | 7:00 pm

    A Machal Reunion

    Oh, you sons of Moses
    With your crooked noses
    Fight, fight, fight for Israel

    If your name is Abie
    Join the Jewish navy
    Fight, fight, fight for Israel

    In slight self-mockery, the young American volunteers who went over in 1947 and 1948 as riflemen, sailors, pilots...

  • Marcel Marceau, world-famous mime artist, dies at 84

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm



    In 1944, the French Jewish Resistance decided to evacuate the Jewish children hidden in a orphanage west of Paris and transport them by train to Switzerland.

    Resistance commander George Loinger called on his young first cousin, Marcel Mangel, to help him organize the dangerous train...

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