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Touching the Past

By Julie G Fax

June 24, 1999 | 8:00 pm

It was, on the surface, a fairly typical sight: children greeting their grandmother, perhaps their great aunt, with flowers and hugs as she emerged from the plane at LAX. But Hana Gruna's... read full article
  • Speaking of Evil—and of Acting

    By Rabbi Debra Orenstein

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    For the last few months, I have been involved with "Speaking of Evil," an original play based on the life of Kurt Gerstein. Gerstein was a member of the Waffen S.S., one of the most deadly and heartless arms of the Third Reich. According to his memoirs and letters, he entered the...
  • A Way of Remembering

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    (News item: On June 25, the German Bundestag will vote whether or not to go forward with a plan to build a Jewish monument in Berlin. The design, by American Jewish architect Peter Eisenman, was selected by a five-member committee; they considered 25 invited submissions. According to...
  • Brave New ‘Worlds’

    By Michael Aushenker

    June 10, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Last week's film screening/discussion, Open Tent: L.A.'s Middle East Coalition -- part of an ongoing gesture of goodwill and communication between American Jews and Arabs -- couldn't have been more timely.

    The second installment of a program billed as the Middle East Film Festival: A...

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  • Auschwitz Talks to Resume

    By James D

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Negotiations over the future of the Auschwitz-Birkenau camps in Poland could begin in a matter of weeks now that hundreds of crosses planted by Polish Catholic extremists have been removed, according to Miles Lerman, chair of the U.S. Holocaust Memorial Council and the head of the...
  • Berlin’s Jewish Museum

    By Toby Axelrod

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    The walls of the new Jewish Museum here are bare, except for shard-like windows that let in slashes of light. From the top floor, it seems the city's pre- and postwar buildings unfold outward like petals around this silvery, zigzag heart.

    Currently, it is a museum without exhibits,...

  • European Jews Debate Identity

    By Ruth E. Gruber

    June 3, 1999 | 8:00 pm

    Nearly 600 Jewish community leaders and representatives from 39 countries gathered here over the weekend for what they described as a major step toward the goal of creating a new European Jewish identity.

    Organizers and participants at the first General Assembly of the European...

  • Sneakers for Mirjeta

    By Ari L. Goldman

    June 3, 1999 | 7:59 pm

    During my visit to a refugee camp in Macedonia with a group of 16 American Jews last week, a waif-like girl wearing a dusty black-and-red parka stood on her toes to peer into my notebook.

    She was painfully thin, had big black eyes, short black hair and a huge smile. Instinctively, I...

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