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  • 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...

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  • 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...

  • ‘Europa’ docupic tracks Nazi looting and the fate of art masterworks

    By Tom Tugend

    September 27, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    The Nazi regime was not only the world's greatest murderer, but the biggest thief as well. High on the list of loot were Europe's master paintings and sculptures, with failed artist Adolf Hitler and his avaricious henchman, Hermann Goering, personally spearheading the plunder.

    More...

  • Obituaries

    March 23, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Aaron "Red" Finkel, who volunteered to become one of Israel's first fighter pilots during the War of Independence, died on Feb. 23 in Woodland Hills at the age of 86.

    Born in Brooklyn, Finkel served as a U.S. Air Force captain in the China-Burma Theater during World War II.

    When the...

  • The ‘Boys’ at the Front

    By Tom Tugend

    December 30, 2004 | 7:00 pm

     

    Werner Angress was attached to a U.S. paratroop platoon winging behind German lines on D-Day, when the sergeant told him he'd be the first to jump.

    "But I've never jumped before in my life," Angress protested.

    "That's OK," the sergeant said, "the newest guy always goes first."

    ...
  • Saluting Jewish World War II Vets

    By Gaby Wenig

    December 4, 2003 | 7:00 pm

    When Jules Berlinsky took basic training in the South during World War II, his commanding officer said to him, "You don't look Jewish. You don't have horns."

    "He was serious," said Berlinsky, 92, who was in the Army's Spearhead Division. "He was on the ignorant side. He didn't heckle...

  • Bologna, Italy— A Cut Above

    By Paula Amann

    December 5, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    So you've roamed the Coliseum, marveled at Florentine art and gamboled in gondolas and you're ready for a different side of Italy. Or perhaps you're about to dip a toe into Italian culture, including its little-known Jewish heritage, for the first time.

    Try Bologna.

    Bologna? Forget...

  • Terrors of the Resistance

    By Robert Sklar

    November 14, 2002 | 7:00 pm

    The highly controversial French documentary film, "Terrorists in Retirement," offers a striking revelation that, on reflection, should come as no surprise at all -- Eastern European Jews played a prominent role in the most daring exploits of the World War II French resistance...

  • An Insult to Our Soldiers

    By Si Frumkin

    July 5, 2001 | 8:00 pm

    A German corporation that used slave labor to produce some of the weapons that killed American soldiers is now building a monument in Washington to honor the Americans who fought and died in World War II.

    How do I know? I was one of those slave laborers. There were 30,000 of us...

  • ‘Gathering’

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    February 1, 2001 | 7:00 pm

    Playwright Arje Shaw's first memory was crawling across the floor, finding a piece of black, moldy bread and dipping the crust in water in order to chew it. He was 18 months old. "I looked like a Biafran baby," he says.



    The time was World War II, the place Tashkent, Uzbekistan,...

  • Rosh Hashanah in Frankfurt, Germany

    By Murray Klein

    September 28, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    On Friday, Sept. 7, 1945, 1800 hours, at the corner of Freiherr von Stein Strasse and Eppsteiner Strasse in Frankfurt-on-the-Main, a ceremony took place.

    It was Rosh Hashanah evening, the ushering in of the Jewish New Year. World War II had ended in Europe four months before, and...

  • Survivors of Forced Labor Deserve Tax-Free Reparations

    By Antonio R

    September 21, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    The horrific racial persecution of the Holocaust is all too familiar to us. That dark period in history was marked by the brutal deaths of millions of innocent people and also involved the virtual enslavement of more than 10 million foreign laborers in Germany.

    During World War II,...

  • Uniting the Divided

    By Julie Wiener

    August 10, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    Minutes after the official announcement that her husband would be the first Jewish vice presidential candidate on a major ticket, Hadassah Lieberman stepped on the national stage.

    "Here I am, the daughter of survivors from the Holocaust, the most horrendous thing that happened," she...

  • A Survivor’s Story

    By Tom Tugend

    July 27, 2000 | 8:00 pm

    After we made "Schindler's List," more and more Holocaust survivors came up to me ,and every one of them said, "Now let me tell you MY story." And each story was different and compelling. - Steven Spielberg

    This is the story of Henryk Rosmarin, his harmonica, and his love for a girl...

  • A Jew from Nogales

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    September 2, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Fred Rochlin can't understand all the fuss over his monologue, "Old Man in a Baseball Cap," about his adventures during World War II.

    "I'm not an actor," he insists. "I'm an old guy."

    Never mind Rochlin's invitation to the renowned Louisville arts festival; his residency at the...

  • Reviews of “The Envoy” and “Hitler’s Head”

    By Tom Tugend

    April 22, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    "You can't confront evil on its own ground without becoming part of it," muses diplomat Heinrich Zwygart in "The Envoy," and his self-recognition clearly applies to Switzerland, the country he represented faithfully in Berlin during the six years of World War II.

    Zwygart's job was to...

  • Life’s Ironies are Beautiful

    By Ruth Stroud

    April 8, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For Italian expatriates Lotte Katz Singer of Beverly Hills and Ann Signett of the San Fernando Valley, life is surprising as well as beautiful. The two were recently reunited 50 years after sharing a residence during the German occupation of Rome.

    As part of its "The People and Nation...

  • Comfort Women

    By Rob Eshman

    March 25, 1999 | 7:00 pm

    During World War II, the Japanese army forced as many as 200,000 women and girls from mostly Asian countries to serve as sex slaves for Japanese soldiers and officers. About 80 percent of these "comfort women," as the Japanese euphemism of the time termed them, were the daughters of...
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