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  • Israeli-Iranian DJ group spins for peace in Berlin

    November 18, 2013 | 1:11 pm

    It’s 4 a.m. at the famous Kater Holzig club and hundreds of beautiful young people are going crazy on the dance floor to the sound of heavy electronic beats.

    To the casual clubber, it’s just another ordinary night out in Europe’s hottest city. But this gathering is far from...

  • Doli Sadger Redner

    By Jane Ulman

    November 14, 2013 | 4:07 pm

    Doli Offner (now Doli Redner) and her older sister, Lea, stood single file along with a group of young women at Auschwitz as Dr. Josef Mengele walked past, dispatching each with a flick of his thumb to one side or another. Lea was sent to the labor camp line and Doli to the gas...

  • 50 years after JFK, family of Jack Ruby feels the pain

    November 13, 2013 | 5:00 pm

    We were sharing a pastrami sandwich and pickles at a Los Angeles landmark: Canter’s Deli on Fairfax. I was 24; she was nearly 50 years older, with a piercing voice as loud as her flaming red wig.

    Her name was Eva Rubenstein Grant, and she was a little-known nightclub manager the...

  • ‘Aftermath’ exposes dark secrets in Poland

    By Tom Tugend

    November 13, 2013 | 2:15 pm

    The Nazi occupation of most of Europe during World War II and the Holocaust tested the moral fiber not only of the individual citizen but also of entire nations.

    Today, 68 years after the guns fell silent in Europe and the Far East, historians and filmmakers not-yet-born in 1945...

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  • The long journey from POW to veterans’ advocate

    November 11, 2013 | 11:32 am

    Harry Corre, held as a prisoner of war during World War II by Japanese military forces in the city of Omuta, was behind a brick building when he saw a “tremendous flash.” Looking around the building, he saw an enormous cloud 30 miles across the bay, above Nagasaki, and assumed...

  • Kristallnacht witness joined allied forces against Germany

    By Jared Sichel

    November 7, 2013 | 5:02 pm

    Fred Heim remembers walking on cloud nine the day he was sworn in to the United States Navy, a cold Chicago day in December 1944.

    “Joining the Navy was the most important thing in my life,” Heim, 86, told the Journal. “The day that I was sworn in, I will never forget it.”

    Born...

  • 75 years after Kristallnacht: Time to toughen up and reclaim our memory

    November 7, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Seventy-five years later, the very word Kristallnacht still casts a long shadow — on Europe and on the Jewish people.

    The countrywide pogrom orchestrated in 1938 by the German High Command marked the Nazi regime’s transition from the quasi-legal, anti-Jewish discrimination of the...

  • Edith Jacobs

    By Jane Ulman

    October 30, 2013 | 1:20 pm

    “You are being relocated to a labor camp,” the Hungarian gendarmes, or police, announced to the Jews of Sopron, Hungary, who had spent the previous two weeks confined to a windowless tobacco factory. Edith Jacobs (née Rosenberger), her parents, three sisters and the other Jews were...

  • Fritz Kuhn and the German-American Bund

    October 29, 2013 | 11:33 am

    Everyone is familiar with Adolf Hitler and the rise and fall of Nazi Germany. Few remember that in the mid- to late-1930s the United States experienced a Nazi crusade of its own, one led by Fritz Julius Kuhn (1896-1951), a radical anti-Semite who dreamed of a fascist America led by...

  • Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, survivor, 94

    October 25, 2013 | 9:10 am

    Sophie Zeidman Hamburger, 94, of Los Angeles passed away at home Oct. 10th with her family by her side. A Holocaust survivor, Sophie inspired many people with both her courage and her warmth.

    Sophie was born in Bedzin, Poland, in 1919 and was trained as a tailor before World War...

  • Hadasa Cytrynowicz

    By Jane Ulman

    October 3, 2013 | 10:04 am

    “Don’t speak, don’t cry. The Germans will hear us, and they will kill us.” Four-year-old Hadasa Cytrynowicz — then Dasha Eisenberg — silently clung to her mother, wrapped in the goose down comforter they had brought with them from Konskie, Poland, to a hut near the Bug River,...

  • Adela Manheimer

    By Jane Ulman

    September 18, 2013 | 3:30 pm

    “Who wants to go home?” the SS soldiers asked the 500 women who had just been delivered to Grünberg/Schlesien, a forced labor subcamp of Gross-Rosen in Lower Silesia. Adela Manheimer, née Kestenberg, an only child who, in her words, was “naïve and upset and sick for my parents,”...

  • Russell Brand, Hugo Boss & Nazi Uniforms

    By Ilana Angel

    September 15, 2013 | 3:14 pm

    I have loved Russell Brand for a long time.  I think he is funny, smart, wise, deep, spiritual, and oddly attractive. He is a bad boy, which is both sexy and intimidating. In the interest of full disclosure, if I could have dinner with any celebrity, he would be my choice. ...

  • Hollywood and the Nazis: Two historians, two opinions

    September 12, 2013 | 12:44 pm

    The study of history never lends itself to a single unambiguous view of the past.  For history is, as the British scholar E.H. Carr observed in his famous 1961 book “What is History?” “a continuous process of interaction between the historian and his facts, an unending dialogue...

  • From Fairfax High to Manhattan Project

    By Bill Boyarsky

    August 28, 2013 | 2:40 pm

    When Frances Browner, then 21, announced she was joining the Women’s Army Corps (WAC) during World War II, her mother and most of the rest of her family were appalled. They thought that this wasn’t something a Jewish girl should do.

    “She said I was trying to kill her,” Browner,...

  • Max Stodel

    By Jane Ulman

    August 22, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Rumors circulated through Amsterdam’s Jewish community that married men were exempt from labor camp duty. Max Stodel — then known as Mozes or Mauritz — submitted the paperwork necessary to marry his fiancée, Jeannette van Praag. But during the mandatory two-week waiting period, he...

  • Rare ‘Schindler’s List’ documents sold at New Hampshire auction

    August 15, 2013 | 4:02 pm

    Documents linked to Oskar Schindler, the German industrialist known for his efforts to save Jews from World War II concentration camps, were sold at auction for more than $122,000, a New Hampshire auction house said on Thursday.

    The documents included a rare one-page letter,...

  • Hungarian war criminal Laszlo Csatary dies at 98

    August 12, 2013 | 10:32 am

    Hungarian war criminal Laszlo Csatary has died while awaiting trial for torturing Jews and deporting thousands of them to their deaths during World War II.

    According to the French news agency AFP, Csatary died in a hospital in Budapest on Saturday of complications connected to...

  • Lessons in Vilnius

    August 7, 2013 | 1:43 pm

    Robin Solomon stood in the Ponary Forest in Lithuania, surrounded by fellow educators who wore white and sang Yiddish songs, accompanied by a violinist.

    It was a captivating and stunning experience this summer, a stark contrast to the fact that Nazis viciously executed tens of...

  • Yehuda Lev, Jewish journalist and columnist, 86

    By Tom Tugend

    August 5, 2013 | 11:20 am

    Yehuda Lev, an iconoclastic journalist and veteran of World War II and Israel’s War of Independence, who established a European underground route to smuggle Holocaust survivors to Palestine, died on Aug. 3 in Providence, R.I., after a prolonged illness. He was 86.

    With the...

  • German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who saved Jews during WWII, dies

    August 1, 2013 | 1:17 pm

    German industrialist Berthold Beitz, who rescued Jewish workers in occupied Poland by employing them during World War II, has died.

    Beitz’s death Tuesday at the age of 99 was announced by the foundation he headed, the Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach Stiftung.

    In 1942,...

  • Ancient Jewish gravestones unearthed at Vienna cemetery

    July 10, 2013 | 4:15 pm

    Jewish gravestones unearthed at a small cemetery in Vienna were hailed on Wednesday as historically important cultural treasures that could rival the famed Jewish cemetery in Prague.

    Restoration work at the 16th century Seegasse cemetery has discovered 20 gravestones that are...

  • Jews tell pope of concern over moves to make Pius XII a saint

    June 24, 2013 | 11:46 am

    A Jewish leader expressed concern to Pope Francis on Monday over attempts to make a saint of World War II-era Pope Pius XII, who has been accused of turning a blind eye to the Holocaust.

    Francis made no mention of his wartime predecessor during his talks with members of the...

  • Piazza Palatucci

    June 24, 2013 | 10:06 am

    Last weekend, on a gorgeously sunny afternoon in a remote (and extraordinarily picturesque) village high in the mountains of central Italy, I attended a ceremony that, in signature Italian style, was operatic in its mix of hyperbole and sincere commitment.

    The occasion was the...

  • Hungarian man, 98, charged with World War II crimes, prosecutors say

    June 18, 2013 | 5:40 pm

    Hungarian prosecutors on Tuesday charged a 98-year-old man who tops the Nazi-hunting Simon Wiesenthal Center's wanted list with war crimes, saying he had helped to deport Jews to Auschwitz in World War II.

    Laszlo Csatary was found guilty in absentia in 1948 of whipping or...

  • Lidia Budgor

    By Jane Ulman

    June 13, 2013 | 11:22 am

    The cattle car pulled up to the Auschwitz platform. As the doors opened, German soldiers with guns and barking dogs began pushing out the more than 100 Jews arriving from the Lodz Ghetto. “Raus, raus,” they shouted, “Out, out.” Lidia Budgor — then Lola Gryngras — fell and cut her...

  • Men who made a mark that will endure

    By Rabbi David Wolpe

    June 12, 2013 | 5:43 pm

    As part of a fundraising event for Tel Aviv University, Rabbi David Wolpe interviewed four leading Los Angeles Jewish philanthropists, recording their stories and thoughts on video. Rabbi Wolpe and the four men — Gil Glazer, Max Webb, Jona Goldrich and Parviz Nazarian — will...

  • U.S. finds long-lost diary of top Nazi leader, Hitler aide

    June 10, 2013 | 1:30 pm

    The U.S. government has recovered 400 pages from the long-lost diary of Alfred Rosenberg, a confidant of Adolf Hitler who played a central role in the extermination of millions of Jews and others during World War Two.

    A preliminary U.S. government assessment reviewed by Reuters...

  • Nancy Kricorian’s Holocaust novel

    June 10, 2013 | 10:09 am

    Several years ago, novelist Nancy Kricorian happened upon a 29-year-old documentary film called "Terrorists in Retirement" by French filmmaker Mosco Boucault. The movie chronicled the work of a World War II-era anti-Nazi resistance network in France that was made up of Armenian,...

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