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  • Belmont Village honors World War II vets with photo exhibition

    November 22, 2011 | 5:22 pm

    Belmont Village Senior Living’s Westwood center paid homage to the sacrifices of its Jewish World War II veterans on Nov. 9 with the opening of the permanent photo exhibition, “American Heroes: Portraits of Service,” featuring 37 portraits, mostly of Jewish veterans,...

  • Postcards From Hell: Nazi-era documents shed light on fate of families

    By Tom Tugend

    November 8, 2011 | 7:33 pm

    After arriving by cattle car at Auschwitz, many Jews were handed postcards, with the uniform message thoughtfully prepared by the Nazis.

    “Things are going well and we are enjoying ourselves,” the prisoner wrote. They added their signatures and the addresses of relatives still in...

  • Violet Raymond

    By Jane Ulman

    November 2, 2011 | 2:41 pm

    “We got married with a yellow star on his jacket and on my dress.”

    Violet Raymond, then Ibolya Friedmann, and her new husband, George Singer, stood under a chuppah at Nagyfuvaros Synagogue in Budapest, Hungary, on May 27, 1944. She was 17, and he was 19. Three days later, George...

  • Kristallnacht without my father

    November 2, 2011 | 12:10 pm

    This is the 73rd anniversary of Kristallnacht, and the first one I will mark without my father.  Kristallnacht is referred to as the “night of broken glass.” But it was much more. It was the beginning of the end of most of European Jewry. It was two days of Nazi...

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  • Schoenberg buys Einstein letter for Holocaust museum

    By  Tom Tugend

    October 18, 2011 | 12:19 pm

    See below for complete letter.

    The “anonymous” buyer of a historic letter by Albert Einstein has identified himself as E. Randol “Randy” Schoenberg, president of the Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust.

    Schoenberg paid $13,936 for the one-page letter, signed by Einstein on...

  • 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...

  • 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...

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