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  • The Whole Truth

    By Jonathan Kirsch

    April 26, 2011 | 5:55 pm

    On the occasion of Yom HaShoah, I can think of no more appropriate act of remembrance of the Holocaust than to reconsider the circumstances surrounding the trial of Adolf Eichmann, and I can think of no one better able to explain those circumstances to us than Deborah E. Lipstadt, a...

  • I object, I make waves

    April 26, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    My mother saw to it that we escaped from Nazi Germany intact, while a dozen family members, those who refused to leave, perished. That fact has impacted my life in various ways, both large and small.

    Having almost been killed at an early age, I appreciate being alive. Historic films...

  • Jews saving Jews

    By Michael Berenbaum

    April 26, 2011 | 5:51 pm

    As I was finishing reading Andrew E. Stevens’ memoir, “Rebel With a Cause: The Amazing True Story of Urban Partisans in World War II,” in collaboration with Meir Doron (Allied Artists, $9.99), I received an e-mail from a former colleague reminding me of a promise I had made to...

  • Rudolph Kastner gets a new trial

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 26, 2011 | 5:49 pm

    Leave it to the artists and attorneys at Temple Israel of Hollywood (TIOH) to mark Holocaust Remembrance Day by introducing — or reintroducing — a man once considered to have been a Jewish antihero of World War II.

    On the afternoon of May 1, instead of hosting a speaker or...

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  • Holocaust remembrance in the age of genocide

    April 26, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    We have no way of knowing whether God spoke to the dead of the concentration camp of Bergen-Belsen in Germany during the winter and early spring of 1945, but I am fairly certain that He did not speak to either the living or those who were dying. What could He possibly have said to...

  • Deceiving the audience and the self

    By Tom Tugend

    April 26, 2011 | 5:47 pm

    “The Führer Gives the Jews a City” must rank as the oddest film fragment in cinematic history.

    The 23 minutes of raw, unedited footage is all that has been found of a Nazi propaganda project to “prove” that the “model” Theresienstadt camp was a veritable paradise for...

  • German city honors Jews who fled

    By Lauren Bottner

    April 26, 2011 | 5:44 pm

    David Meyerhof makes his living as a teacher, but when he travels to Heidelberg in mid-May, it will be as a student. Meyerhof, grandson of Nobel laureate Otto Meyerhof, is eager to learn all he can about his family’s history in the German university town.

    “It’s a trip to honor...

  • Holocaust survivors win modest pensions

    By Jonah Lowenfeld

    April 26, 2011 | 5:43 pm

    “Anything from Germany today?”

    That’s the question Jeffrey Kobulnick, a senior associate in the Los Angeles legal office of Foley & Lardner, asks his assistant almost every day.

    Kobulnick isn’t servicing the legal needs of some particularly demanding corporate client in...

  • An open letter to my son

    By Rob Eshman

    April 26, 2011 | 5:30 pm

    Dear Adi:

    This column will appear online just about when you arrive in Poland.

    As a participant in the March of the Living, you’ll visit the Jewish

    Quarter of Krakow, the Lodz Ghetto, Schindler’s factory, the site of the forced labor camp at Plaszow, the original homes of two...

  • We were not alone

    April 26, 2011 | 5:13 pm

    This year, the first day of Passover and the anniversary of the 1943 Warsaw Ghetto Uprising fell only one day apart. Passover teaches the story of the Jewish people’s historic, successful dash for freedom. The young Jewish men and women of the Warsaw Ghetto, who led the first mass...

  • We will never forget

    April 25, 2011 | 10:51 am

    It has been more than 65 years since the end of the Holocaust, and each year, on Yom HaShoah, Jews commemorate the loss of the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who were killed.

    On April 12, 1951, the Knesset, Israel’s parliament, proclaimed Yom HaShoah (Holocaust...

  • Rooms of the heart:  The bridge between Yom Hashoah and Yom Hazikaron

    April 22, 2010 | 3:53 pm

    In his official Memorial Day speech at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu described how, as a young soldier, two of his fellow soldiers, 19 years old, were killed during a lethal military operation, and how one of them, David Ben Hamu, died in his arms in the...

  • Rooms of the heart:  The bridge between Yom Hashoah and Yom Hazikaron

    April 19, 2010 | 1:33 pm

    In his official Memorial Day speech at Mount Herzl in Jerusalem, Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu described how, as a young soldier, two of his fellow soldiers, 19 years old, were killed during a lethal military operation, and how one of them, David Ben Hamu, died in his arms in the...

  • Forgetting to Remember

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 13, 2010 | 6:08 pm

    As I squeezed into my seat at Sunday’s Citywide Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pan Pacific Park, I listened as the woman next to me addressed a man in
    the row in front of us.

    “Why are you here?” she asked, and from his surprised look it was clear they’d never met.

    “To honor...

  • Iran threat dominates L.A. Yom HaShoah event in speeches by civic leaders, Israeli dignitaries

    By Susan Freudenheim

    April 12, 2010 | 12:10 am

    On a cloudy Sunday afternoon, April 11, a crowd numbering almost 3,000 gathered under a blue-and-white striped tent to listen to speeches in commemoration of Yom HaShoah, the day of Holocaust commemoration.

    Speaker after distinguished speaker paid homage to the Holocaust...

  • A Righteous Role

    By Naomi Pfefferman

    April 16, 2009 | 4:23 am

    Anna Paquin was 11 when she won an Oscar for her performance in “The Piano” and in her mid-20s when she took the 2009 Golden Globe for her leading role in HBO’s vampire series, “True Blood,” but as she locked up her bicycle on a funky stretch of Abbot Kinney Boulevard the...

  • Denying the Deniers

    April 16, 2009 | 4:06 am

    This month marks nine years since Holocaust denier David Irving lost his libel suit against historian and scholar Deborah Lipstadt, who chronicled her battle against him in the book, “History on Trial: My Day in Court With David Irving” (HarperCollins, 2005). Lipstadt, the Dorot...

  • Bielski Family, Doc Make ‘Defiance’ Personal

    By Tom Tugend

    April 16, 2009 | 3:45 am

    The film “Defiance” told the story of the Bielski brothers, who led a group of partisans in fighting the Nazis and established a self-sustaining Jewish community in the forests of Belarus, but it didn’t show what is ultimately their greatest triumph.

    “The Bielski brothers...

  • A Journey Revisited

    By Nancy Sokoler Steiner

    April 16, 2009 | 3:24 am

    My father, Allen Sokoler, never spoke about the first nine years of his life, when he lived in Germany. My two brothers and I knew instinctively not to ask, not to mention the country’s name in his presence. We avoided bringing German-made goods into our home — not even German...

  • Survivors’ stories create fabric of Shoah quilt

    By Rachel Heller

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Twelve months after her concentration camp was liberated, Ann Spicer, newly married, was leaving Germany for good. It was May 21, 1946. Her husband's little brother was the first to board the train in Stuttgart that would take the makeshift family to the first ship out of Hamburg...
  • Briefs: Big results and rewards at Big Sunday, Former Weiss deputy enters Fifth District race

    May 8, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Big Sunday Is L.A.'s Makeover Weekend

    Big Sunday, which has morphed from an annual Sunday event into a full weekend of volunteer opportunities, once again thrived on May 3 and 4. Organizers say that this year the number of volunteers again reached about 50,000, working at about 325...

  • Briefs: Blogging for Israel@60, Weil makes it official

    May 1, 2008 | 6:00 pm

    Blogging for Israel's Anniversary

    Craig Taubman loves to brainstorm. That's how he came up with many of his ideas for Israel's 60th anniversary -- such as the "flash mob," where 60 people will converge in a Los Angeles street (he won't say when and where), stand still for 60 seconds,...

  • Briefs: A bright future for Hillel; At-risk teens see Shoah art; Weiss incident wrap-up

    May 10, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Hillel Sees Bright Future

    The Foundation for Jewish Campus Life rolled out its big guns last week for lunch with some 70 major local supporters and the message was upbeat.

    During a panel report and discussion at UCLA's Yitzhak Rabin Center, national and international leaders gave a...
  • Schwarzenegger at Shoah ceremony:  ‘Today we must speak out’

    April 19, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    Excerpts from a speech by Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger at Yom Hashoah Ve'Hagvurah Community Wide Holocaust Remembrance Day at Pan Pacific Park:

    Well, thank you very much, Jona, for the wonderful introduction; I really appreciate that. And thank you very much, all of you, for...

  • Remember the Days of Remembrance

    By Joel Geiderman

    April 12, 2007 | 8:00 pm

    At the ground level of the U.S. Capitol in Washington, D.C., is a brass marker that delineates the physical center of the District of Columbia. From this point emanates the quadrants that divide our capital city into the familiar NW, NE, SE and SW.

    Arguably, this is also the...
  • Broke but hopeful, one survivor says it’s ‘better than Auschwitz’

    By Jane Ulman

    November 22, 2006 | 7:00 pm

    Last Yom HaShoah, or Holocaust Memorial Day, Walter Essinger did not attend any community vigils or synagogue commemoration services. Instead, the 73-year-old survivor spent that day, April 26, being interrogated by Ventura County detectives. He was then arrested, handcuffed and...
  • Yeladim

    By Abby Gilad

    May 5, 2005 | 8:00 pm

     

    Art From the Heart

    Holocaust Remembrance Day, Yom HaShoah, fell this year on Thursday, May 5. Did your school honor the day? Quartz Hill High School, in the Antelope Valley, honors the Holocaust every year by putting on a competition for the best creative work.

    Train of Thought

    ...
  • Young and Old Recall Shoah Rites

    By David Finnigan

    April 22, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Southern California Jews and non-Jews marked Holocaust Remembrance Day together at numerous events, including one that saw German teenagers and Jewish and Hispanic schoolchildren under the same tent, listening to their peers recite the words of Anne Frank.

    "It is very emotional,"...

  • Yom HaShoah’s Uncertain Future

    By Julie G Fax

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Will lighting six candles and reciting "Kaddish" rouse the emotions and intellect of generations of Jews who never met a Holocaust survivor?

    Within the next 40 years or so, most Holocaust survivors will no longer be alive, making this question less theoretical. Before that happens,...

  • For the Kids

    By Abby Gilad

    April 15, 2004 | 8:00 pm

    Strange Fire

    In Parshat Shemini, this week's portion, a very sad thing happens: the two older sons of Aaron -- Nadav and Avihu -- die. No one is quite sure why God chooses to kill them; the only clue the Torah gives us is that they have brought "strange fire" before God. Even though...

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