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  • In Germany, Confronting Nazi Perpetrators

    Toby Axelrod, JTA

    April 6, 2010 | 11:56 pm

    It isn’t easy facing the cold stare of a Nazi perpetrator, even in a photo. Increasingly, however, memorial sites in Germany are making the confrontation possible, opening a door that long has been sealed.

    A new exhibit at the former Ravensbrueck women’s concentration camp in...

  • Mind meets museum to create enduring Holocaust memories

    By Edmon J. Rodman

    April 6, 2010 | 11:49 pm

    Are you a Holocaust avoider? Not a denier, just someone like me who struggles with thinking about destruction, death and genocide.

    Do you sometimes catch yourself thinking, “Can’t I just think about this another time?”

    Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, is observed on...

  • 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...

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  • Denying the Deniers

    Amy Klein, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

    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...

  • Return of Nazi-Looted Art Proves a Good History Lesson

    By Tom Tugend

    April 13, 2009 | 2:42 pm

    LOS ANGELES—It was a mix of state ceremony, mutual admiration fest, education forum and Seder symbolism when Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, who orchestrated the event, returned two Nazi-looted paintings to the grandchildren of the original Jewish owners, on behalf of the State of...

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